Courtesy of WaPo:
President Trump, who levied extraordinary public attacks on Attorney General Jeff Sessions in recent weeks, has privately revived the idea of firing him in conversations with his aides and personal lawyers this month, according to three people familiar with the discussions.
His attorneys concluded that they have persuaded him — for now — not to make such a move while the special-counsel investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign is ongoing, the people said.
But there is growing evidence that Senate Republicans, who have long cautioned Trump against firing Sessions, are now resigned to the prospect that he may do so after the November midterm elections — a sign that one of the last remaining walls of opposition to such a move is crumbling.
“We wish the best for him, but as any administration would show, Cabinet members seldom last the entire administration, and this is clearly not an exception,” Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) said in an interview Tuesday.
“Nothing lasts forever,” Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.) told The Washington Post, describing the Trump-Sessions dynamic as “a toxic relationship.”
Added Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), a longtime defender of the attorney general: “My sense is the fix is in.”
I think “the fix is in” is the best way to describe all of this.
Especially since Trump’s entire issue with Sessions is that he recused himself from the Russia investigation and was therefore not able to keep Rod Rosenstein from appointing a Special Counsel to look into the situation.
And if Sessions is taken out we all know for a fact that Trump will try to put a sycophant in his place who will either stop the investigation altogether or sabotage it from within.
And clearly, Trump is straining against the advice of his lawyers as confirmed by today’s announcement that White House attorney Don McGahn is on the way out.
White House Counsel Don McGahn will be leaving his position in the fall, shortly after the confirmation (hopefully) of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court. I have worked with Don for a long time and truly appreciate his service!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 29, 2018
Yeah, that’s not good news.
However, IF Trump’s remaining lawyers can keep him in check until after the midterms there is a chance that the newly elected Democrats in the House, and hopefully Senate, will be able to deny Trump the new AG that he would want in place.
This next election is going to be for all the marbles.