Make no mistake — Attorney General Jeff Sessions has not recused himself from dealing with the Russia investigation the way that he has promised he would.
Sessions promised to recuse himself from anything to do with Russia. FBI Director James Comey was fired because President Donald Trump didn’t want him looking into the Russia scandal. Trump asked the Justice Department, of which Sessions in the head, to justify the firing.
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As Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) said while ripping Sessions in the Judiciary Committee, this is a “complete betrayal.”
In his letter, Sessions said that firing Comey would give the Trump White House “a fresh start is needed at the leadership of the FBI.” Trump went on to say that the firing was about Hillary Clinton’s emails but later admitted to NBC’s Lester Holt in an interview that the real reason had to do with Russia.
As the head of the Justice Department, Sessions still oversees those responsible for investigating the Russia scandal. Therein lies the problems Trump sees. His loyalty pledge demands that Sessions step in and protect him and his family from prosecution. Any public firing or attempts to impede the investigation would be seen as a violation of his recusal, but that’s exactly what Trump wants.
Trump playfully threatened to “fire a cabinet member” during his speech at the Boy Scouts Jamboree Monday evening and reiterated his annoyance at the Attorney General not being the top lawyer for him personally as opposed to America’s top lawyer.
Amusingly enough, Trump is now also stuck between a rock and a hard place because the right-wing media at BreitbartNews has decided that forcing Sessions out is a bad idea. In fact, they called the president “weak” and said that his tweets “only serves to highlight Trump’s own hypocrisy on the issue — and is likely to fuel concerns from his base who see Sessions at the best hope to fulfill Trump’s immigration policies.”
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Still, the smoke screen brought a cadre of Democrats to the floor of the Senate, cable news microphones and Twitter to denounce Trump and praise Sessions for making an “ethical” decision to step aside. Sessions’ only ally at this point is time.