WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Attorney General Jeff Sessions pushed back against criticism from President Donald Trump on Wednesday over his decision to have the Justice Department inspector general - and not prosecutors - investigate alleged surveillance abuse.


"We have initiated the appropriate process that will ensure complaints against this department will be fully and fairly acted upon if necessary," Sessions said in a statement. He said the department "will continue to do its work in a fair and impartial manner according to the law and Constitution."


(Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch; Writing by Doina Chiacu; Editing by David Alexander)