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Sessions Stands Firm: 'I Plan to Continue' Serving as AG

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By    |   Thursday, 20 Jul 2017 10:33 AM

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Thursday he has no plans to resign in the wake of President Donald Trump expressing regret over hiring him.

Sessions' comments came during an event called to discuss the dismantling of the "largest Dark Web site in the world," when he took questions from the press concerning President Donald Trump's sharp criticism against him during an interview from The New York Times.

"We are serving right now," Sessions told reporters during an appearance at the Justice Department Thursday, after he was asked if he could effectively serve without Trump's confidence.

"The work we're doing today is the kind of work we intend to continue," Sessions said, noting that just last week, the department announced that it had charged more than 400 people with taking part in healthcare fraud and opioid scams, totaling $1.3 billion in false billing.

"We had the leaders in my office yesterday to talk about unified efforts to improve our crime fighting with state and local officials," said Sessions. "I'm totally confident that we can continue to run this office in an effective way."

In his interview, Trump said that he would not have nominated Sessions if he knew he'd recuse himself from overseeing investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election.

"We, in this Department of Justice, will continue every single day to work hard, to serve the national interests and we wholeheartedly join in the priorities that President Trump gave us [in] several directives," said Sessions.

"One is to dismantle internet transnational criminal organizations. That's what we're announcing today, a dismantling of the largest dark website in the world, by far. I congratulate our people for that. I have the honor of serving as attorney general. It's something that goes beyond any thought I would have ever had for myself. We love this job. We love this department and I plan to continue to do so as long as that is appropriate."

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein also came under fire in the Trump interview, with the president complaining about his appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller to head the investigation into Russia's activities during the 2016 election. He also said he is concerned that Rosenstein is from Baltimore, where there are not as many Republicans.

On Thursday, Rosenstein, standing by Sessions, commented that they were there to advance the Justice Department's priorities, and he was "proud to work here today, yesterday, and will be proud to work here tomorrow."

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