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Eleazar 04-20-2018 09:22 PM

Jeff Sessions is a superstar
Sessions continues to be the highest performing member of the Trump administration, even in the face of significant buffeting from above.

Not only has he initiated key reforms of the DOJ from the ravages and politicization of the Obama years, he also had the courage to do the right thing and recuse himself from the Russia probe, stood up to his boss when he tried to bully him into leaving, and now is doing what he can to try to protect its independence.


WASHINGTON – Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently told the White House he might have to leave his job if President Donald Trump fired his deputy, Rod Rosenstein, who oversees the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, according to people familiar with the exchange.

Sessions made his position known in a phone call to White House counsel Donald McGahn last weekend, as Trump’s fury at Rosenstein peaked after the deputy attorney general approved the FBI’s raid April 9 on the president’s personal attorney Michael Cohen.

Sessions’s message to the White House, which has not previously been reported, underscores the political firestorm that Trump would invite should he attempt to remove the deputy attorney general. While Trump also has railed against Sessions at times, the protest resignation of an attorney general – which would be likely to incite other departures within the administration – would create a moment of profound crisis for the White House.

In the phone call with McGahn, Sessions wanted details of a meeting Trump and Rosenstein held at the White House on April 12, according to a person with knowledge of the call. Sessions expressed relief to learn that their meeting was largely cordial. Sessions said he would have had to consider leaving as the attorney general had Trump ousted Rosenstein, this person said.

Another person familiar with the exchange said Sessions did not intend to threaten the White House but rather wanted to convey the untenable position that Rosenstein’s firing would put him in.

A Justice Department spokesperson declined to comment.

Rosenstein’s status remains uncertain, but the pressure he is facing seemed to subside after last week.

Last summer, when it appeared Trump was going to fire Sessions or pressure him to resign, Republican lawmakers and conservative advocacy groups rallied to Sessions’s side and warned the president not to move against him.

Trump had told senior officials last week that he was considering firing Rosenstein, who was confirmed by the Senate with overwhelming bipartisan support last year. Since then, alumni of the Justice Department have rallied to Rosenstein’s defense.

As of Friday afternoon, more than 800 former Justice Department employees had signed an open letter calling on Congress to “swiftly and forcefully respond to protect the founding principles of our Republic and the rule of law” if Trump were to fire the deputy attorney general, special counsel Robert Mueller or other senior Justice Department officials. The group has sought to organize nationwide protests if such an event were to occur.

Rosenstein, on behalf of the Justice Department, is set to argue a sentencing case, Chavez-Meza v. United States, before the Supreme Court on Monday. Appearing before the high court has long been a professional goal, people close to Rosenstein say.

A senior administration official said Sessions does not like the way Rosenstein has been treated by the president and had expressed such concerns for months. He has regularly sought guidance from the White House about Rosenstein’s standing with the president and asked about his interactions with Trump, this official said.

Cheers for the most successful member of the Trump admin thus far.

Eleazar 04-20-2018 09:24 PM

Jeff Sessions Is Winning for Donald Trump. If Only He Can Keep His Job

By MOLLY BALL March 29, 2018
When Jeff Sessions was a boy of 7 or 8, he had a dog that followed him everywhere. But one day, the dog got him in trouble. Sessions had run with the mutt into the woods of rural Alabama, figuring it knew where it was going. By the time he realized he was wrong, the two of them were hopelessly lost. “They closed all the stores and everyone had to go looking for me,” Sessions recalled with a chuckle. “My excuse was, I was just following him.”

Sessions told me this story on March 15–the day before he fired former deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe–from his blue vinyl club chair on the military jet that had whisked the U.S. Attorney General away from Washington. It had the ring of a parable: beware those who seem the most loyal to you; it is they who will lead you astray.

Donald Trump once followed Sessions’ lead, promising as a candidate the crackdowns on crime, immigration and trade for which Sessions crusaded in the Senate. The first Senator to endorse Trump, Sessions gave him credibility with the far right and provided the intellectual framework for his law-and-order sloganeering. And as Attorney General, he has turned Trump’s rhetoric into reality, emerging as the most effective enforcer of the President’s agenda.

But if the fixation on law and order brought Sessions and Trump together, it is also what has rent them asunder. When Sessions recused himself a year ago from the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, he set in motion the chain of events that culminated in the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller. Trump has never forgiven him. In public and private, the President has denigrated the proud former Senator, calling him an “idiot,” “beleaguered” and “disgraceful.”

The broken relationship has turned the job of a lifetime into an exercise in humiliation. Rumors that Sessions’ neck is on the chopping block are constant, and Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt has been angling to replace him. As Sessions and I spoke on the plane, he was headed to Nashville to give a speech to a police chiefs’ convention, followed by a stop in Lexington, Ky., to meet with prosecutors, police and families affected by the opioid crisis. All the while, Fox News played on mute above his head, its chyrons questioning whether Sessions was about to be fired.

Even if his tenure ends tomorrow, Sessions would leave a legacy that will affect millions of Americans. He has dramatically shifted the orientation of the Justice Department, pulling back from police oversight and civil rights enforcement and pushing a hard-line approach to drugs, gangs and immigration violations. He has cast aside his predecessors’ attempts to rectify inequities in the criminal-justice system in favor of a maximalist approach to prosecuting and jailing criminals. He has rescinded the Obama Administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and reversed its stances on voting rights and transgender rights. “I am thrilled to be able to advance an agenda that I believe in,” he told a group of federal prosecutors in Lexington later that day. “I believed in it before I came here, and I’ll believe in it when I’m gone.”

Sessions’ liberal critics agree that he’s been remarkably effective. That’s why they find him so frightening. He has, they charge, put the full force of law behind Trump’s racially coded rhetoric. “The Justice Department is supposed to be protecting people, keeping people safe and affirming our basic rights,” says Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey, a Democrat who took the extraordinary step of testifying against a fellow Senator during Sessions’ confirmation hearings last year. “But he has rolled back the Justice Department’s efforts to do that.” The irony of Sessions’ position is that the same critics who despise his policy initiatives are adamant that Trump should not remove him. “Jeff Sessions is not acting in defense of the rights of Americans. He should not be in that job,” Booker told me. “But I do not think he should be fired for the reasons Donald Trump would fire him.”

As the chaos in the White House rages and threatens to consume him, Sessions professes to pay it no heed. “I want to do what the President wants me to do,” he said in his slow, drawling voice, his blue-green eyes peering over the top of his glasses. A wry smirk lifted a corner of his lips. “But I do feel like we’re advancing the agenda that he believes in. And what’s good for me is it’s what I believe in too.”

LiveSteam 04-20-2018 09:28 PM

by the book. wish the communists played that way.

GloryDayz 04-20-2018 09:37 PM


GloryDayz 04-20-2018 09:38 PM

And Jeff is a useless piece of shit. I hope he falls into a running wood chipper. He's a coward and on the wrong side of the fight.

Easy 6 04-20-2018 09:47 PM

Jeff acts like a woman playing a mans game, too scared to make a serious move

Its better for Swampy Geoff to concentrate on immigration, and let his president be immolated in the press... than to be seen as defending his man against the biggest bunch of made up horseshit to ever be levied against any president

In all honesty, he feels like a setup, like a mole... not enough folks are smart enough to see the big picture, he looks to be the best friend the left ever had

He took the job damn well knowing something was in his closet that would cripple him... **** him, he needs to go

When Giuliani gets done wrapping this joke up, put him in there... then you morons can laugh while you watch me laugh

Taco John 04-20-2018 09:50 PM

Jeff Sessions is going to come out of this smelling like a rose.

GloryDayz 04-20-2018 09:52 PM

**** Jeff sessions. He's a pussy. A boy in a grown up game. A true piece of shit. I hope Satan calls him home and rapes his ass every night for having been a pussy.

Eleazar 04-20-2018 09:56 PM


Originally Posted by Taco John (Post 13525713)
Jeff Sessions is going to come out of this smelling like a rose.

He already smells like one.

patteeu 04-20-2018 09:59 PM

I agree with Eleazar and TJ. Sessions is a superstar. There are several good Trump appointees and Sessions is one of the best.

BigBeauford 04-20-2018 09:59 PM

Shitbag war on drugs, industrial prison complex, civil asset forfeiture perpetuating piece of shit. **** him to the moon and back.

Taco John 04-20-2018 10:00 PM


Originally Posted by Eleazar (Post 13525718)
He already smells like one.

You're fishing in the wrong place for an argument.

Easy 6 04-20-2018 10:00 PM

Gowdy, Chafetz, Nunes... I've watched all 3 shrug their shoulders in disbelief that Sessions hasnt been more aggressive

'If he would pursue this, we would easily have charges'

Sessions is a swamp rat plant, he ****ed his president over with zero warning... and theres a reason for that

Easy 6 04-20-2018 10:02 PM


Originally Posted by patteeu (Post 13525719)
I agree with Eleazar and TJ. Sessions is a superstar. There are several good Trump appointees and Sessions is one of the best.

He ****ed his president, he isnt worth a shit

Taco John 04-20-2018 10:03 PM


Originally Posted by Easy 6 (Post 13525723)
Gowdy, Chafetz, Nunes... I've watched all 3 shrug their shoulders in disbelief that Sessions hasnt been more aggressive

'If he would pursue this, we would easily have charges'

Sessions is a swamp rat plant, he ****ed his president over with zero warning... and theres a reason for that

You are wrong, but you can't be blamed for it. This is the perception that the Trump team wants people to have. When they start nailing hides to the wall, they don't want anybody to say that it's all because of partisanship. Sessions has engineered what will eventually look like a masterstroke of justice.

When the sealed indictments start rolling out on a conveyor belt, Jess Sessions will look like a tall drink of water.

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