Tuesday, June 6, 2017

General Sessions' Last Stand?

The New York Times is reporting that evil elf and Confederate States Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III has fallen into disfavor with neo-fascist Putin poodle Donald "Rump" Trump. Rump is reportedly angry with Beauregard for recusing himself from the Russiagate probe, and thereby eliminating an ally as he attempts to obstruct the investigation into his campaign's and into his personal financial dealings with Russia, and to engage in a coverup.

The Attorney General almost immediately found himself in trouble during his Senate confirmation hearings, when he failed to disclose meetings with the Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, and most recently failed to list the meetings with the Russians on his security clearance form. But it was Beauregard's sudden decision to recuse himself from the FBI counterintelligence investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 elections that angered Rump and apparently caught him by surprise:
"In private, the president’s exasperation has been even sharper. He has intermittently fumed for months over Mr. Sessions’s decision to recuse himself from the investigation into Russian meddling in last year’s election, according to people close to Mr. Trump who insisted on anonymity to describe internal conversations. In Mr. Trump’s view, they said, it was that recusal that eventually led to the appointment of a special counsel who took over the investigation... When Mr. Sessions recused himself from the Russia investigation, Mr. Trump learned about it only when he was in the middle of another event, and he publicly questioned the decision. A senior administration official said Mr. Trump has not stopped burning about the decision, in occasional spurts, toward Mr. Sessions." (emphasis added)
In a bizarre Twitter tantrum early yesterday morning, Rump criticized the Justice Department for not staying with the original "travel ban," which the courts found to be unconstitutional. He let it be known that the "watered down" version which is now before the Supreme Court should get an expedited review, before reviving the earlier, unconstitutional version. The tweets were broadly seen as undermining the Justice Department's case by reminding the judiciary that Rump's desire all along was to ban Muslims from traveling to the U.S. 

BONUS:  Former DOJ spokesman Matthew Miller asks a relevant question:
“Why would the president care if Jeff Sessions recused himself from the Russian investigation or not unless he wanted him to exert inappropriate influence over it."
Why indeed.

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