- The Washington Times
Thursday, May 11, 2017

Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday made his first public address since the ouster of the FBI director — but opted not to address the firing.

Speaking at a Drug Enforcement Administration summit on the opioid and heroin epidemic in Charleston, West Virginia, one of six cities the agency has targeted as part of a comprehensive drug prevention strategy, Mr. Sessions stuck to the matter at hand.


“People in Washington, D.C., use the word ‘crisis’ to describe all kinds of problems. But this epidemic of opioid and prescription drug abuse is a true crisis,” said Mr. Sessions, highlighting his concern about the dangers of drug use and its correlation with violent crime. “It is ravaging our communities, bringing crime and violence to our streets, and destroying the lives of too many Americans.”

The attorney general offered no comments on President Trump’s abrupt Tuesday night firing of FBI Director James B. Comey. The decision left the Justice Department in a lurch to replace the director, with Mr. Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein spending Wednesday interviewing candidates to lead the bureau on an interim basis.


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