Trump in Full Attack Mode Against Sessions

Jeff Sessions is the 84th Attorney General of the United States. (Unmodified photo by Gage Skidmore used under a Creative Commons licence.

“Time will tell.”

These were the three words uttered by President Trump this week in response to the question of whether or not he will fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Just weeks into the presidency of Donald Trump, Sessions recused himself from the Russian hacking probe in what he claimed was a conflict of interest.

It was a decision that many politicians, Democrat or Republican, believe to be a smart one. Trump has since taken it to be an act of disloyalty, claiming that he “would have picked someone else” had he known that Sessions would recuse himself.

In wake of these statements, many Democrats are claiming that Trump simply does not understand the purpose and the role of the attorney general. While many Republicans disagree with this sentiment, the left maintains that Trump is under the impression that the attorney general is supposed to be a friend of the president.

The position of attorney general has one sole purpose, and that is to uphold the words of the Constitution. While the attorney general is still appointed by the president, they are to be unbiased and without partisan influence in special cases such as the Russian probe. It is for this reason that Sessions decided to recuse himself.

Trump’s disapproval of Sessions in response to his actions has been brewing for months, but now Trump is seemingly attacking the former senator from Alabama on all cylinders. On July 25th, President Trump tweeted that Sessions has “taken a VERY weak position on Hillary Clinton crimes,” rehashing an issue that has been relatively dormant of late.

The timing of these attacks is what adds substance to this issue. With Congress on the verge of its August recess, many are arguing that the president could be creating a context by which to fire the attorney general. Should this occur while Congress is on recess, Trump would not have much difficulty confirming a new person to the post. He would supposedly appoint someone who would fire special counsel Robert Mueller, who is heading the Russia investigation, and shut down the investigation in doing so.

With this very real possibility looming in the distance, this leads many to consider the possibility of obstruction of justice. Many people, mainly Democrats, were unsettled by the firing of former FBI Director James Comey, especially at a time when Comey was increasing his investigation efforts. If Trump were to fire Sessions and replace him with someone that would act as a friend of the administration, many on the left would likely be concerned by this course of action.

With all the rumblings coming from the Trump administration, many Republicans have come to the aid of Attorney General Sessions. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who is a frequent critic of Trump, said that “Jeff understands that we are a nations of laws, not men,” going on to call Trump’s statements about a Clinton investigation “highly inappropriate.”

Even people who have been known to provide constant support for the Trump administration have stated their opposition to Trump’s attacks on Sessions. “You know, loyalty is a two-way street,” Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House, said in an interview with Fox News.

As of now, no one truly knows what will happen in the conflict between Trump and Jeff Sessions. Trump has been ramping up his disapproval of the recusal of Sessions, but many are unaware what ramifications this could have for the administration and the Russian hacking investigation. Will Trump fire the attorney general during the congressional recess? Will Jeff Sessions resign amid these stamps of disapproval from the president?

Time will tell.

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