Mueller probing Trump's attacks on attorney general Jeff Sessions


Former Trump chief of staff Reince Priebus said he had to convince Sessions at least once past year to rescind a decision to resign, and rescued him from being fired on two other occasions.

But I don't think that's what is going on here at all, and will explain why.

President Donald Trump's public flogging of his own attorney general has been brutal - but his behind the scenes derision of Jeff Sessions is apparently even worse. "Will take forever, has no prosecutorial power and already late with reports on Comey etc", Trump wrote. Isn't the Obama guy?

That all seems fairly straightforward, doesn't it? The president has repeatedly issued public broadsides, calling Sessions "weak" or criticizing his leadership of the Justice Department, despite the attorney general's frequent proclamations of devotion to Trump's agenda on immigration and crime.

As my colleague Matt Yglesias pointed out, the seemingly innocuous meal was actually a public display of defiance: It "was a powerful symbol of both the attorney general's independence from Trump and the limits of that integrity". To understand what that method is, you have to read between the lines.

The White House and the Justice Department did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the Post story. After all, that's who was abusing the FISA process. What is is this example of how out-of-touch the 71-year-old president is. Of course, he does. An investigation into improper FISA use would fall squarely onto Horowitz, too, given his charge instructs him to "investigate alleged violations of criminal and civil laws by DOJ employee".

It was Rosenstein who made the decision to appoint Special Counsel Robert Mueller to take over the Russian Federation probe after FBI Director James Comey was dismissed by Trump in May. It's safe to assume the president is fully aware of all of these ongoing investigations.

The White House echoed Trump's politically-charged offensive against Democrats, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice and called for the FISA warrant process to be revamped.

Sessions has so far weathered the incessant incoming from the White House and sources close to the attorney general have told CNN that he is unlikely to go anywhere soon.

If the president of the United States wants his attorney general to investigate how the Obama administration handled a surveillance warrant involving a former campaign aide, he should ask him. What could be more fair and impartial than relying on an Obama appointee with a spotless reputation for fairness and impartiality to conduct these investigations?

It's no secret in Washington that the relationship between the president and the attorney general has been badly broken for months. But President Trump believes the probe could be sabotaged. That exchange was created to produce exactly the reaction in the Establishment news media that ended up taking place, i.e., a knee jerk among all the Democrat talking heads to defend and praise IG Horowitz as an upright and impartial arbiter of the facts.

He also defended his standing as the department's top official.

We'll have to wait and see if this latest name-calling from the president is enough to get him to step down.... He told reporters, "Yes, it will be investigated".

"It's something that he's clearly had frustration over so I would imagine he certainly support the decision to look into what we feel to be some wrongdoing", she said.

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