Thursday, July 20, 2017

Get Out While You Still Can, Jeff

Trump attacks his own Attorney General in the New York Times:

Trump said on Wednesday that he never would have appointed Attorney General Jeff Sessions had he known Mr. Sessions would recuse himself from overseeing the Russia investigation that has dogged his presidency, calling the decision “very unfair to the president.”

[Read excerpts of The Times’s interview with President Trump.]

In a remarkable public break with one of his earliest political supporters, Mr. Trump complained that Mr. Sessions’s decision ultimately led to the appointment of a special counsel that should not have happened. “Sessions should have never recused himself, and if he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me before he took the job and I would have picked somebody else,” Mr. Trump said.

If Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III had any integrity, he’d walk into the Oval Office and resign.  Then again, he took the job in the first place knowing full well who he would be dealing with, so thinking that he has any integrity is assuming facts not in evidence.

On another note during this recorded stream-of-conscious ramble, Trump warned Robert Mueller, the special counsel, not to look into his finances beyond the scope of the initial investigation.

Asked if Mr. Mueller’s investigation would cross a red line if it expanded to look at his family’s finances beyond any relationship to Russia, Mr. Trump said, “I would say yes.” He would not say what he would do about it. “I think that’s a violation. Look, this is about Russia.”

Two things: First, now of course the special counsel is going to look into his family finances even more; it’s like a six-year-old telling his mom “Don’t look in my room!” where he’s hiding a bobcat under the bed.  Second, investigations have a funny way of following leads no matter where they go.  Watergate started out by investigating a “third-rate burglary” and led to the downfall of Richard Nixon.  Whitewater started out as an investigation into a failed land deal and ended up teaching America way too much about blowjobs.

Mr. Sessions has already hired a lawyer.  Maybe the only reason he’s not quitting now is that he needs the income to pay for him.

5 barks and woofs on “Get Out While You Still Can, Jeff

  1. Mentioned elsewhere on the intertubes, the NRA could have warned him about threats of the government taking away something people have…

  2. In an odd way, Sessions’ recuse gives him some sort of credibility because it brought on Mueller who will be a tiger following the money. Already the his team of bird dogs are looking into Deutsche Bank where Trump’s finances are entangled. The suggestion has been made that for the good of the country Sessions should just hang tight and stay to protect his department. That would really give Trump fits, of course, but how many people in Justice can he fire before we fire him?

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