While we can’t be sure that President Trump considers his biggest mistake as president the appointing of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General, we’d imagine it would certainly fall within his top five.
Sessions, by all accounts, was a hardworking and principled senator – and a big supporter of the president long before others jumped on the Trump train. Unfortunately, however, Sessions has demonstrated he’s in way over his head. His current role requires strong independent leadership and the ability to reorganize the massive partisan and bureaucratic maze created under the Obama Administration that apparently still exists.
This explains why Sessions felt obligated to recuse himself, rather than take control of the Mueller probe, which in hindsight should never have begun.
Moreover, the president’s frustration with Sessions was never more evident than during his one-on-one sit-down interview with Fox’s own Ainsley Earhardt on Thursday, during the airing of “Fox and Friends.”
“Mr. President, a lot of people are frustrated. A lot of your supporters are frustrated with the DOJ and Jeff Sessions. There are rumors you are going to fire him after the midterms and Rosenstein,” Earhardt said.
“I wanted to stay uninvolved. But when everybody sees what’s going on in the Justice Department, I always put justice now with quotes; it’s a very, very sad day. Jeff Sessions recused himself, which he shouldn’t have done or he should have told me,” the President began.
He 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?’”
Indeed, that’s the question many Trump supporters and fair-minded individuals are asking themselves.
Sessions apparently heard the president once again call him out and responded with a tweet of his own stating “The Department of Justice will not be improperly influenced by political considerations.”
This, of course, prompted the president to counter-punch urging the bemused Attorney General to open investigations into FBI activities during the 2016 campaign and release requested documents to Congress without redactions.
“Department of Justice will not be improperly influenced by political considerations.” Jeff, this is GREAT, what everyone wants, so look into all of the corruption on the “other side” including deleted Emails, Comey lies & leaks, Mueller conflicts, McCabe, Strzok, Page, Ohr……
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 24 2018
Earlier in the day, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina was asked about the on-going flare-ups between Sessions and the president. The South Carolina legislator predicted that President Trump in all likelihood will fire Sessions after the 2018 midterm elections.
“The president is 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,” Graham told Bloomberg News adding “clearly, Attorney General Sessions doesn’t have the confidence of the President.”
The firing could not come fast enough.