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Courtesy of Yahoo News:
In an interview that aired on “Fox & Friends” Thursday morning, Trump renewed his criticism of Sessions, who recused himself from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s contacts with Russia shortly after he was appointed attorney general.
“I put in an attorney general that never took control of the Justice Department,” Trump said. “Jeff Sessions never took control of the Justice Department, and it’s a sort of an incredible thing.”
“Jeff Sessions recused himself, which he shouldn’t have done. Or he should have told me,” Trump continued. “Even my enemies say that Jeff Sessions should have told you that he was going to recuse himself, and then you wouldn’t have put him in. He took the job and then he said, ‘I’m going to recuse myself.’ I said, ‘What kind of a man is this?’”
Trump said the “only reason” he gave Sessions the nation’s top law enforcement officer post was because he worked on the president’s campaign and was the first sitting senator to endorse him.
“You know the only reason I gave him the job: because I felt loyalty,” Trump said. “He was an original supporter.”
Apparently, that was finally enough for Jeff Sessions.
“I took control of the Department of Justice the day I was sworn in,” Sessions said. “Which is why we have had unprecedented success at effectuating the President’s agenda — one that protects the safety and security and rights of the American people, reduces violent crime, enforces our immigration laws, promotes economic growth, and advances religious liberty.
“While I am Attorney General, the actions of the Department of Justice will not be improperly influenced by political considerations,” Sessions continued. “I demand the highest standards, and where they are not met, I take action. However, no nation has a more talented, more dedicated group of law enforcement investigators and prosecutors than the United States.”
He added: “I am proud to serve with them and proud of the work we have done in successfully advancing the rule of law.”
I am certainly no fan of Jeff Sessions, but you kind of have to admire his tenacity and refusal to allow Trump to bully him out of his job.
I think it is all but certain that Trump will replace Sessions after the midterms, which I think might be part of the reason that Mueller and federal investigators are taking down Trump’s people at such an impressive pace lately.
My take is that Mueller is getting all of his ducks all in a row so that even if he is taken off the case, and the Special Counsel is demolished, that the investigation will continue to move forward at the state level so that even if Trump puts a complete sycophant into the position of Attorney General there will be no way to stop the inevitable.