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The attorney general said on Tuesday Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz would look into the kernel of what Republicans call the real Russian Federation story: the alleged abuse by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department of their surveillance powers.

Amid President Trump's continued frustration about spying on his campaign in 2016, the White House was noncommittal Thursday when asked whether the president wants to fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

It also comes as special counsel Robert Mueller's team is investigating a period previous year when Trump was seemingly trying to oust Sessions from his post, according to a Washington Post report last night.

Jeff Sessions, who rarely responds publicly to criticism from his boss, didn't keep quiet this time and said the Justice Department he leads had acted appropriately.

On Tuesday, Mr Sessions said he had ordered the inspector general of the Justice Department to look into whether the highly secretive FISA warrant process was abused.

Sessions has said the Justice Department's inspector general will evaluate whether prosecutors and agents abused the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act in obtaining a warrant to monitor the communications of a onetime Trump associate.

The Justice Department said it will support Pennsylvania officials seeking lawsuits against manufacturers and distributors of powerful opioid painkillers, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Tuesday. The watchdog office's lawyers, though independent, do indeed work at and for the Justice Department.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told Congress that he expected the IG report about that era to be complete soon, although it is not yet public.

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For the moment, the president has left his attorney general little choice but to defend his department.

The office has acknowledged receiving Mr Sessions' request but has not said it is investigating.

A new United States federal task force will target prescription drugmakers and distributors as officials step up efforts to combat the opioid crisis, the Justice Department announced Tuesday.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions takes questions during a press conference at the Department of Justice in Washington, DC on February 27, 2018.

Because he was part of the campaign, Sessions recused himself in March 2017 from overseeing the probe, infuriating Trump. Critics say that strains department morale and makes Mr Sessions seem eager to appease the president, at the risk of dangerously politicising the department.

But he was appointed years earlier in the Bush administration to a seat on the Sentencing Commission, suggesting he has more bipartisan bona fides than Trump acknowledges.

Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., chairman of the House Oversight Committee, defended Horowitz on Wednesday and said he has been "fair, fact centric, and appropriately confidential with his work".