Trump keeps trashing his Attorney General

As others have expressed here, it is easy to become numb to what Donald Trump says. Incredulity is turning into boredom due to the number of outrageous things he says.

Media don’t help as they keep reporting on stupid but trivial things, like his comments on the hurricane Florence flooding “One of the wettest we’ve ever seen, from the standpoint of water”. Mocking Trump is like breathing air.

But Trump’s ongoing involvement and interference in judicial matters and investigations is (or should be) a major concern.

Like Trump says ‘hard to imagine’ Kavanaugh guilty of allegation

Trump conceded that “we’ll have to make a decision” if Ford’s account proves convincing.

“I can only say this: He is such an outstanding man. Very hard for me to imagine that anything happened,” Trump said.

This is mild involvement by Trump’s standards, but it would normally be prudent for President stay right out of things like this (Trump us not known for prudence).

However some of the most serious interference from Trump is his ongoing attacks on his Attorney General, Jeff Sessions.

Hill.TV INTERVIEW EXCLUSIVE: Trump eviscerates Sessions: ‘I don’t have an attorney general’

“I don’t have an attorney general. It’s very sad,”

“I’m so sad over Jeff Sessions because he came to me. He was the first senator that endorsed me. And he wanted to be attorney general, and I didn’t see it”

“And then he went through the nominating process and he did very poorly. I mean, he was mixed up and confused, and people that worked with him for, you know, a long time in the Senate were not nice to him, but he was giving very confusing answers. Answers that should have been easily answered. And that was a rough time for him.”

“He gets in and probably because of the experience that he had going through the nominating when somebody asked him the first question about Hillary Clinton or something he said ‘I recuse myself, I recuse myself”.

“And now it turned out he didn’t have to recuse himself. Actually, the FBI reported shortly thereafter any reason for him to recuse himself. And it’s very sad what happened.”

What Trump seems to be sad about is that Sessions is acting for the United States of America, as he absolutely should be, and not in Trump’s own personal interests.

And as is common, Trump is wrong in the recusal.  Sessions told the Senate Intelligence Committee:

“I recused myself not because of any asserted wrongdoing on my part during the campaign, but because a Department of Justice regulation, 28 CFR 45.2, required it.”

Trump appears to see himself as above the law.

He has been trashing Sessions for some time, because Sessions is not doing what he wants, and doesn’t do what Trump says he wants him to do.

Trump has the power to sack Sessions. That he hasn’t done that despite his ongoing criticism suggests that it has been made clear to him that it would likely lead to a crisis in his presidency, and would possibly making his own position untenable.

If Trump sacked sessions it may (and should) precipitate mass resignations from his administration, and it may even force Republican politicians to stand up for their country rather than rolling over for Trump.

24 Comments

  1. Alan Wilkinson

     /  September 21, 2018

    He’ll probably wait till Mueller reports before he sacks Sessions. Unless Mueller is planning on making his investigation a lifetime sinecure.

  2. Kitty Catkin

     /  September 21, 2018

    I never knew before that water was wet; thank you, Mr Trump.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  September 21, 2018

      That’s just Lefty malicious stupidity. He was obviously saying that in terms of rain that was one of the worst storms. Nothing whatever wrong with that but the loony Left and the TDS afflicted try to make it into something it was not. Pathetc and stupid.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  September 21, 2018

        It was a clumsy and stupid statement that asked to be ridiculed. I am not a Lefty, but I think that it was a witless thing to say; talk about stating the obvious. He’s like the Dufflepuds in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  September 21, 2018

          Rubbish. It’s a form of speech used all the time and perfectly understandable by everyone who hasn’t got a political axe to grind and isn’t applying the rules HFD listed yesterday:
          https://yournz.org/2018/09/20/open-forum-thursday-200/#comment-310211

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  September 21, 2018

          “One of the wettest.we’ve ever seen, from the standpoint of water.’ is so inane that it’s hard to imagine what sort of person would think it worth saying. What else could be making it wet ?

          If Jacinda Ardern had said it, would you be defending it ?

          That sort of idiocy deserves to be mocked.

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  September 21, 2018

            The source of the rules makes it obvious that they are tongue in cheek.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  September 21, 2018

              They describe exactly what you are doing.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  September 21, 2018

              No, they don’t. I repeated a ridiculous statement made by Trump that no amount of talk can make not ridiculous. The wettest from the standpoint of water is an idiotic thing to say. Had he not added that about the water, it would be stating the obvious but not crossing over into the absurd.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  September 21, 2018

              B.s. you claimed he said water is wet – a ridiculous statement he didn’t make and which no-one would say. Then you made a crack about it. You followed the prescription exactly.

          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  September 21, 2018

            Standpoint: the position from which someone is able to view a scene or an object.

            Perfectly clear and sensible. Stop pushin b.s. up hill.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  September 21, 2018

              Since you obviously need a translation here it is:

              Hurricane Florance from the point of view of water management   delivered one of the greatest deluges we have ever seen.

              His vernacular version said exactly that a lot more concisely.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  September 21, 2018

              No, it didn’t. It said it was one of the wettest ever seen from the standpoint of water.

              in other words, it was wetter because it had more water.

              You can’t talk, bluster and insult your way out of this.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  September 21, 2018

              Wrong. Again. Wettest applied to weather means the most rain. Give up.

            • Griff.

               /  September 21, 2018

              Get the mushroom out of your mouth Alan.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  September 21, 2018

              Got anything sensible to say Griff? It onviously meant just what I said and that meaning of wettest is stsndard and given in dictionaries.

  3. Patzcuaro

     /  September 21, 2018

    It is very sad that Trump doesn’t have an Attorney General (well a subservient one anyway), equally the people don’t have a President.

  4. David

     /  September 21, 2018

    Funny having the left defend Sessions given he is responsible for the tough border enforcement, the ICE escalation in tactics etc etc and is an appalling old lock em up conservative gun toting old school republican.
    If Trump said he was great and doing well the left would be calling for him to be fired.

  5. Blazer

     /  September 23, 2018