The Trump Administration has been a volatile place to work, and numerous high-ranking officials have been summarily shown the door in less than two years. Rumors are swirling the U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions will be next.
If you consider that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was ushered out for not seeing eye-to-eye with Pres. Donald J. Trump of foreign relations, and chief economic advisor Gary Cohn got canned for being too much of a “globalist,” how in the world does Sessions still have a job?
No, that is not a rhetorical question.
Consider for a moment that A.G. Sessions recused himself from the phony Russian Collusion probe that opened the door for Special Counsel Robert Mueller to turn the meddling investigation into an anti-Trump witch hunt. With unfettered power, Mueller has targeted many of the president’s closest allies and former business colleagues in an attempt to coerce them into making allegations against him. After spending more than $20 million in taxpayer money, Mueller has yet to convict a Russian or a colluder. The ones he indicted so far live in Russia.
“Never took control of the Justice Department,” Pres. Trump said of Sessions. “And it’s sort of a regrettable thing.”
Failing to rein in Mueller and keep the investigation on task was indeed a firing offense. Pres. Trump has repeatedly called on the U.S. Department of Justice to “stop this rigged” investigation that has targeted too many innocent bystanders. To say the president’s tone has been harsh would be something of an understatement.
“Jeff Sessions said he wouldn’t allow politics to influence him only because he doesn’t understand what is happening underneath his command position,” Pres. Trump reportedly said. “Highly conflicted Bob Mueller and his gang of 17 Angry Dems are having a field day as real corruption goes untouched.”
Despite clear evidence that Obama-era officials misled a federal judge and spied on Trump Campaign associates, Sessions has been noticeably absent from charging Democrats in any crimes. To that end, the president curtly stated, “I don’t have an attorney general.” All of these and many more indicators point to the attorney general being fired.
Yet, Sessions has survived nearly two years in office as the White House saw a veritable revolving door in other leadership posts. FBI Director James Comey was fired, Deputy FBI chief Andrew McCabe was terminated, EPA Director Scott Pruitt was canned for overspending, and Pres. Trump actually liked him. Washington insiders such as Sen. Lindsey Graham are definitely righting off Jeff Sessions off.
“The president’s entitled to an attorney general he has faith in, somebody that’s qualified for the job, and I think there will come a time, sooner rather than later, where it will be time to have a new face and a fresh voice at the Department of Justice,” Sen. Graham reportedly said. “Clearly, Attorney General Sessions doesn’t have the confidence of the president.”
But the sitting A.G. has quietly notched some significant accomplishments that have not been well reported in the mainstream media.
Session fixed the Obama-era debacle known as Fast and Furious that literally put approximately 2,000 automatic weapons in the hands of drug cartels. He has been in a bare-knuckle fist fight with so-called sanctuary cities, exhausting every legal remedy to curb their wrong-headed policies. He was instrumental in successfully defending Pres. Trump’s executive orders all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court such as the controversial travel ban and others.
Under A.G. Sessions, the Department of Justice has cracked down hard on illegal immigrant gangs such as MS-13 and made them into hunted criminals. Also, to his credit, Sessions has been laser-focused on curtailing the opioid crisis that plagues the country.
Despite the common wisdom that Pres. Trump will overhaul his cabinet and top posts after the mid-terms in a similar fashion to previous administrations, Sessions may not be sitting on the hottest of hot seats.
Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly has been at odds with the president and other West Wing officials at times. Dept. of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielson looks exhausted from the constant border crisis, and there’s talk Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke could be ousted.
To A.G. Sessions’ credit, he has furthered the type of social justice that conservatives such as Pres. Trump favor. The DOJ has joined lawsuits against Harvard and other Ivy League universities for long-standing racially biased policies. Sessions also launched the Religious Liberty Task Force that defends the rights of Christians and other people of faith from secular encroachment on their rights.
Although it makes perfect sense that Sessions will be fired for his misstep that allowed the politically-slanted Russia Probe to go unchecked, Trumpian tweets are no true measure. The smart money is on Sessions being ousted, but Pres. Trump is just too unpredictable to call it a sure thing.
~ Conservative Zone