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The Sad Case of Jeff Sessions

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The Sad Case of Jeff Sessions

The Sad Case of Jeff Sessions
September 02
15:29 2018

There is no argument that Trump’s Washington is a chaotic place. He came to shake up the establishment, and he succeeded. For some, he is the proverbial bull in a china shop. For others, he is in politics what he was in business – a guy who tears old structures to the ground to build new ones in his own vision and his own design.

Those who predict or anticipate events based on old models of governance will be disappointed to the level of befuddlement.

One can catalog Trump’s departures from traditions and norms by policies, openness, appointments, demeanor and especially his relationships. Trump’s compliments and criticism of friend and foe alike swing back and forth like the pendulum on a grandfather clock. A good man one day can be a sleazeball the next. Rocket man becomes “warm friend.” Among all these on-again-off-again relationships, none is more perplexing than his relationship with Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Outside of his family, one can hardly find a closer friendship than candidate Trump had with then-Senator Sessions. By climbing on the Trump bandwagon early in the campaign, Sessions gave Trump a credibility with conservatives, and others, that he otherwise lacked.

Though the hardcore left was generally opposed to almost any southern Republican politician, the Sessions selection was a brilliant move. He brought to that office a constitutionalism that it lacked in previous administrations. It is amusing to see how the once critical news media has come to embrace Sessions – albeit in a raw display of hypocrisy — since he has come under attack by Trump.

For the most part, Sessions lived up to the hopes and expectations of his supporters. He proved himself to be an enforcer of the law. He was not about to use the office to create law or, more importantly, to ignore law – as his predecessors had done routinely.

He went after MS-13 despite those on the left who inexplicably saw it as part of an anti-immigration policy. The same was true of the arresting of illegal border crossers, which resulted in the separation of parents and children. His Justice Department helped Trump win Supreme Court victories for his temporary travel ban from high-risk countries. It was Sessions who authorized the letter from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein that made the case for the firing of FBI Director James Comey.

Then there was the recusal. Sessions understood that as a potential witness in the investigation of the Trump campaign and Russian meddling, he was ethically obligated to recuse himself from the supervision of that probe. It was probably the proper decision, although it is arguable that he could have gutted it out. He was not one of the most critical likely witness – and so far, has not been called in for an interview by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
While one can debate the appropriateness of his recusal, there can be no doubt that it was the blow that split the bonds of friendship between the Attorney General and the President. In and of itself, it might have been mended, but it led to a series of events that increasingly disturbed and angered Trump.

This left Rosenstein in charge of the probe. It led to the appointment of Mueller. Whether Sessions would have appointed a special counsel is academic and moot. Trump seemed convinced that had Session remained involved, there would have been no special counsel – and he may be correct.

Once Trump blamed Sessions’ recusal for the creation of the special counsel, all things that flowed from that investigation was, in Trump’s mind, Sessions’ fault. This could be seen in the fact that each time there was another negative development in the investigation, Trump would complain about the recusal – repeating his contention that had he known Sessions would recuse himself, he never would have appointed him.

From the first time Trump expressed his displeasure over the recusal, media cued up the imminent firing of Sessions story on endless loop – as they did with the firing of Mueller, Rosenstein and others who are still on the job.
While Sessions hunkered down and did a pretty good job of carrying out the Trump conservative agenda at the Justice Department, there developed a second bone of contention. It was all those issues surrounding the Clinton emails, the politicization of the FBI and Russian influence in producing the salacious and largely mendacious dossier.

Why wasn’t the Justice Department and Mueller not digging into those allegations? Trump seemed to feel that if he could not shut down the investigations surrounding him, the powers that be should at least bring some political parity to the situation. He repeatedly asks rhetorically, “Why aren’t they investigating Hillary and the Democrats?” Why are the FBI and the Justice Department refusing to turn over documents to the congressional investigators? Still, Trump has not ordered such action even though he has the authority to do so.

It was reported that White House Counsel Don McGahn prevented Trump from firing Sessions early on by threatening to resign if he did. The White House has denied it. Whether those reports are true, or a hypothetical media narrative based on little more than gossip from some unnamed source, has never been established.

What is less seen, less reported and less understood is the fact that the White House and the Justice Department continue to work cooperatively on a wide range of issues. Even when Trump was tweeting barbs at the Attorney General, and the latter is pushing back publicly at the president, the two sat across the conference table in the White House to discuss a range of issues – but nothing related to the reasons for the public spat.

The only thing that seems certain at this moment is that Trump will not fire Sessions before the November mid-term election. The anti-Trump media is convinced that Sessions will go, by termination or resignation, shortly after the election. I would not be too sure. Their prediction is based on conventional wisdom and these are not conventional times.

About Author

Larry Horist

Larry Horist

Larry Horist is a conservative activist with an extensive background in economics, public policy and politics. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman, as well as the White House. He has testified as an expert witness before legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress, and lectured at major colleges and universities. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He can be reached at lph@thomasandjoyce.com.

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    Bryce September 04, 16:43

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    • Jeff
      Jeff September 04, 21:52

      So Bryce, what does Jeff Sessions have to say about this? I would think you need to stay on topic, yes?

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