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Old 04-20-2018, 09:22 PM  
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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.

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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 MoveOn.org 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.

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https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/04/...departure-too/
Cheers for the most successful member of the Trump admin thus far.
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Old 04-21-2018, 10:31 AM   #46
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The fact that Sessions being a man of principles is precisely what makes Trump supporters wish death on him tells you all you need to know about the shambling Trump 'movement'
Former State prosecutor. Who has been quoted as to the following: "Charges like ‘prosecutorial misconduct’ offend me,if prosecutors are continued to be abused by defense lawyers, it can chill their willingness to take on high-profile, complex cases.”

That was after a judge completely dismissed a case in which prosecutorial misconduct of almost every stripe was found. It was so bad that Sessions replacement didn't even bother appealing the judges decision.

Sessions has no principles except for what is best for him.
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Old 04-21-2018, 10:54 AM   #47
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Watching the GOPe cuck (Patteu) and the irrational NeverTrumper (Eleazar) celebrating a guy who's first action in his position was the monumental screw up which has led to a shadow being cast over his president's first term, and calling him a superstar, is pure comedy gold.
Screwup for who or what?
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Old 04-21-2018, 10:54 AM   #48
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Watching the GOPe cuck (Patteu) and the irrational NeverTrumper (Eleazar) celebrating a guy who's first action in his position was the monumental screw up which has led to a shadow being cast over his president's first term, and calling him a superstar, is pure comedy gold.
Herp derp... all I gotta do is say "cuck" and I win
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Old 04-21-2018, 10:55 AM   #49
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Screwup for who or what?
For not obstructing the Mueller investigation for Trump, obviously
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Old 04-21-2018, 12:06 PM   #50
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Old 04-21-2018, 12:22 PM   #51
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Old 04-21-2018, 12:34 PM   #52
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Ahh. Love seeing the loonie fringer rightwingers on here take a beating from their own side.
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Old 04-21-2018, 12:46 PM   #53
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Surprisingly did the right thing. If only more in this administration would follow his lead.
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Old 04-21-2018, 12:49 PM   #54
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Ahh. Love seeing the loonie fringer rightwingers on here take a beating from their own side.
They'll eat their own young if they have to when it comes to supporting their orange messiah.
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Old 04-21-2018, 01:17 PM   #55
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by the book. wish the communists played that way.
Your political playbook should always be made up with the built in assumptions the Marxist Dems never play fair.
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Ahh. Love seeing the loonie fringer rightwingers on here take a beating from their own side.
Still teaching the "hate on America" in your classroom I see.
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It's simple. Sessions and Trump are both vastly different animals yet somehow both manage to be COMPLETE embarrassments. And somehow we're marginally better off than what the last administration put out there. (and it's a good bet we are better off than what Clinton would have force fed us)

Sad that people are fighting over which garbage human is less trashy.
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It's simple. Sessions and Trump are both vastly different animals yet somehow both manage to be COMPLETE embarrassments. And somehow we're marginally better off than what the last administration put out there. (and it's a good bet we are better off than what Clinton would have force fed us)

Sad that people are fighting over which garbage human is less trashy.
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It's simple. Sessions and Trump are both vastly different animals yet somehow both manage to be COMPLETE embarrassments. And somehow we're marginally better off than what the last administration put out there. (and it's a good bet we are better off than what Clinton would have force fed us)

Sad that people are fighting over which garbage human is less trashy.
Yeah, the difficulty I have is that I'm largely not on board with the ways that Sessions is right OR left, or however you want to term it.

Much like Papa Huckabee is considered conservative, but I have more conflict with him than many progressives because he's staunchly in favor of the fusion of church and state AND he's a big spending federal power guy.

So too, Sessions is overboard on reducing law enforcement oversight for the rank and file, and the federal line on recreational substances. I don't think he is as racist as his detractors do, but he's not the vessel to obtain bipartisan support for measures like this, given his existing image. FURTHER, he is too acquiescent to the oaths of nobility and nonpartisanship in the DOJ/FBI higher echelon. I'm not saying I'm in support of Trump's bullheaded taunts against them 'all' but we have serious problems there, and partisans are more determined than at any prior point to exploit them, if possible.

In summary, my difficulty is I trust him to do things I do not support, and do not trust him to do things I do support.

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