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Doug Jones: Not 'Appropriate' to Comment on Bannon Claims

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By    |   Thursday, 04 January 2018 10:04 AM

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon sharply targeted Sen. Doug Jones during his recent race to claim the Alabama Senate seat formerly held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, but Jones on Thursday said he does not want to be in the "middle of feuds" between Bannon and President Donald Trump.

"I am certainly over Steve Bannon," the Alabama Democrat told CNN's "New Day" co-anchor Alisyn Camerota. "We won this race. We were sworn in yesterday. I'm ready to work for the people of Alabama. I ignored him during the campaign, and I'm going to ignore him now."

Jones added that he does not think it's appropriate at this point to comment on excerpts, about Donald Trump Jr. and his meeting with a Russian lawyer, that were detailed in a new book, "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House," released Wednesday that lead the president to declare his former aide has "lost his mind." 

Camerota asked Jones if he thought Bannon's comments would have an effect on special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling, but Jones said it is better to see how the probe plays out.

"Let's see how it plays out with the intelligence committee and the Mueller investigation and see what the real facts are not just based on a book that Steve Bannon writes," said Jones, erroneously attributing the book to Bannon, not its actual writer, Michael Wolff.

He also would not comment on whether the president's son should have taken a meeting with a Russian attorney and others at Trump Tower, and Bannon being quoted that the meeting was treasonous.

"I just don't think it is appropriate right now for me," Jones said. "I have been a United States senator for less than a day. I'm going on my nineteenth hour right now. Let's let me see how things go. My desk is blank. It's starting to fill up.

"But I will tell you I think it is important that people in Congress, people in the Senate and the House, let these investigations take their course rather than just making public comments a lot. I think they need to take their course. As a prosecutor, that's what I wanted to do. Let the committees do their work. All of this will come out at the appropriate time."

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Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon sharply targeted Sen. Doug Jones during his recent race to claim the Alabama Senate seat formerly held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, but Jones on Thursday said he does not want to be in the "middle of feuds"...
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