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SCOTUS Elena Kagan, the solicitor general and former dean of Harvard Law School

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Attorney General Sessions fired back at President Donald Trump on Thursday after the commander in chief said his top law enforcement official “never took control” of the Justice Department.

In an unusual statement, Sessions said, “I took control of the Department of Justice the day I was sworn in, which is why we have had unprecedented success at effectuating the President’s agenda.”

“While I am Attorney General, the actions of the Department of Justice will not be improperly influenced by political considerations,” Sessions added. “I demand the highest standards, and where they are not met, I take action.”

It was a rare pushback from Sessions, who despite facing repeated criticism from Trump — as well as calls from him to end special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation — has largely refrained from replying.

Sessions, who was the first senator to endorse Trump  for president, provoked Trump’s ire when he announced that he would recuse himself from any federal probe into Russian election meddling. Trump has repeatedly slammed his attorney general for the decision.

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