Published: Tue, July 25, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

Attorney General Sessions brushes off Trump criticism

Attorney General Sessions brushes off Trump criticism

"But I don't know what it means".

It is not as if the job of overseeing the Russian Federation investigation is not being done. "The FBI person really reports directly to the president of the United States, which is interesting".

Sessions was Trump's first supporter in the U.S. Senate and helped shape his political team throughout the campaign and into the transition after the November 8 election. "If he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me before he took the job, and I would have picked somebody else". He did so after failing to disclose at his confirmation hearing that he had held meetings past year with Russia's ambassador. "He gave some answers that were simple questions and should have been simple answers, but they weren't".

CNN's Jeff Zeleny reported that the episode has a "chilling" effect in the West Wing among officials who thought if Sessions could come under fire, they could face Trump's wrath next.

Trump also seems to view the presidency as a justification for loyalty that only goes in one direction - in a departure from the way most recent presidents have kept the confidence of those who often make great sacrifices to work for them.

Matthew Miller, former spokesman for the Department of Justice, talks with Rachel Maddow about Donald Trump's distorted view that the Justice Department, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, should be in his loyal service. John F. Wood, an attorney with the law firm of Hughes Hubbard & Reed who served as a counselor to the attorney general and as US attorney for the Western District of Missouri during the George W. Bush administration, told HuffPost he found Trump's comments "unusual" and a break with the traditional restrictions between the White House and DOJ.

"I think it is quite clear", said Rosenstein. "So anyway, in my opinion, he shared it so that I would think he had it out there".

I'm sure POTUS just forgot.

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Trump also refuted Comey's damning claim that, in a one-on-one meeting in the White House, the president asked him to drop an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn. "That's why I made that decision", Rosenstein said. "His testimony is loaded up with lies, O.K.?" By some accounts, Comey's dismissal was itself evidence of obstruction of justice. I gleaned two things, though.

Both men attended a controversial meeting in Trump Tower last June which has become a flashpoint in the ongoing controversy over the Trump campaign team's alleged links with Russian Federation. At the Justice Department, there's displeasure that developments on Trump and Russian Federation routinely drown out work that officials are trying to highlight.

Delaware Democratic Sen. Chris Coons said that Trump's attempt to brush back Mueller and his anger at Sessions were both inappropriate.

"Trump has surrounded himself with climate deniers", Gore said, "They're doing their best to dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency and anything that promotes good policies to solve the climate crisis".

Collins said the ramifications for Trump firing Mueller would be huge.

A Sessions resignation could throw Mueller's investigation into uncertainty. Shortly after, Rosenstein appointed Mueller. "He was up here and he wanted the job", Trump said. The special counsel regulations were not put in place to torment presidents but to reassure the public that, even in politically sensitive cases, justice would proceed impartially and unimpeded. "Talk about conflicts. But he was interviewing for the job. There were many other conflicts that I haven't said, but I will at some point".

But he did not say what he would do if Mueller did end up looking into non-Russia-related Trump financial dealings. It's true that the president may fire the director, but that power is, or used to be, reserved for the most extraordinary circumstances. Positioning himself at the center of this drama might not be a wise move.

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