Why is A.G. Jeff Sessions asking the Inspector General to investigate potentially massive FISA abuse. Will take forever, has no prosecutorial power and already late with reports on Comey etc. Isn’t the I.G. an Obama guy? Why not use Justice Department lawyers? DISGRACEFUL!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 28, 2018
You know you're the president, right? If you have questions for your own attorney general, you can probably get him on the phone pretty easily. https://t.co/k6Cn6buhlY
— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) February 28, 2018
You know, some would call this a hostile work environment. https://t.co/Npt7mWRZbX
— Alyssa E. Hackbarth (@AlyssaEinDC) February 28, 2018
Sometimes, when you’re under stress, you snap at the people around you, because you’re confident they’ll understand…
…“Why is A.G. Jeff Sessions asking the Inspector General to investigate potentially massive FISA abuse?” the U.S. president wrote in a tweet that was also critical of the IG, Michael Horowitz… Horowitz is investigating the FBI and Justice Department’s handling of its 2016 probe into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s email arrangements. Trump fired FBI director James Comey last year in part, he said, because of that investigation.
Trump has repeatedly attacked and mocked Sessions and has said he wouldn’t have nominated him as attorney general if he’d known Sessions would later recuse himself from overseeing the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign…
For Sessions, the public criticism by the president is offset by a job that gives him a chance to pursue his career-long agenda of conservative positions on law enforcement issues, from restrictions on immigration to enforcement of federal laws against marijuana.…
The key to understanding Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III is that he loves racism more than he loves himself.
— Zeddy (@Zeddary) February 28, 2018
In a statement, Attorney General Jeff Sessions says “as long as I am Attorney General, I will continue to discharge my duties with integrity and honor.” pic.twitter.com/jstoZgOOYA
— Olivia Victoria Gazis (@Olivia_Gazis) February 28, 2018
“The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons.”– Ralph Waldo Emerson
To repeat: I desperately want Trump to fire Sessions. His obvious motive only sinks himself further in an obstruction case, and HEY Sessions would be gone. WOOO. https://t.co/UD7ruAHWyb
— Zeddy (@Zeddary) March 1, 2018
…In recent months, Mueller’s team has questioned witnesses in detail about Trump’s private comments and state of mind in late July and early August of last year, around the time he issued a series of tweets belittling his “beleaguered” attorney general, these people said. The thrust of the questions was to determine whether the president’s goal was to oust Sessions in order to pick a replacement who would exercise control over the investigation into possible coordination between Russia and Trump associates during the 2016 election, these people said…
It’s no secret in Washington that the relationship between the president and the attorney general has been badly broken for months. The president has repeatedly issued public broadsides, calling Sessions “weak” or criticizing his leadership of the Justice Department, despite the attorney general’s frequent proclamations of devotion to Trump’s agenda on immigration and crime.
Behind the scenes, Trump has derisively referred to Sessions as “Mr. Magoo,” a cartoon character who is elderly, myopic and bumbling, according to people with whom he has spoken. Trump has told associates that he has hired the best lawyers for his entire life, but is stuck with Sessions, who is not defending him and is not sufficiently loyal.
While Sessions has told associates he had been wounded by the attacks, he has also insisted he’s not going to resign, so the cold war continues….
While there is a soap opera element to the drama between the country’s chief executive and chief law enforcement officer, Mueller apparently has decided there are significant issues at stake for the probe into whether the president or others in the White House sought to obstruct justice, according to the people familiar with the matter…
… And “President Postliterate Bestwords” (h/t Rick Wilson) has just given Bobby Three Sticks another reason to keep probing that sore. Great job, guys! Seriously — don’t stop now…