Can anyone tell me why Hillary has not been locked up, why Hillary is not not being investigated by the Sessions DOJ?
July 25, 2017
The top White House spokesperson warned Tuesday that President Trump’s frustration with Jeff Sessions is not going away, moments after the president tore into his attorney general on Twitter as “VERY weak” on Hillary Clinton’s supposed “crimes.”
Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, speaking with “Fox & Friends,” also neither confirmed nor denied reports that Trump has discussed the possibility of firing Sessions and did not rule it out. She said she hasn’t been part “of any conversations discussing any potential replacements,” but made clear that Trump is “frustrated and disappointed” in the attorney general for recusing himself from the Russia meddling probe.
“That frustration certainly hasn’t gone away, and I don’t think it will,” Sanders said.
As for whether Trump wants Sessions out, she said, “That’s a decision that if the president wants to make, he certainly will.”
She also addressed rumors about former federal prosecutor and ex-New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani being considered for the job. She said Giuliani is someone Trump “respects” but, “Right now, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is the attorney general.”
Earlier Tuesday morning, Trump unleashed a battery of tweets berating Sessions, first for the absence of an investigation into Clinton’s connections to Ukraine and then for the AG’s alleged stance on other Clinton controversies.
“Ukrainian efforts to sabotage Trump campaign – ‘quietly working to boost Clinton.’ So where is the investigation A.G.,” he began, tweeting at Fox News’ Sean Hannity.
Moments later, he added: “Attorney General Jeff Sessions has taken a VERY weak position on Hillary Clinton crimes (where are E-mails & DNC server) & Intel leakers!”
Sessions has been under fire since last week, when Trump leveled harsh criticisms in a New York Times interview, calling Sessions’ recusal “very unfair to the president” and adding that he never would have appointed him attorney general had he known he would do so.
Sessions, though, said he would stay put. And Sanders had told reporters last week that the president “clearly has confidence in him or he would not be attorney general.”
The Associated Press, citing three people who have recently spoken to the president, reported that Trump continues to rage against Sessions’ decision to recuse himself from all matters related to the Russia investigation — and has talked to aides about the possibility of firing him.
Those who have spoken with the president cautioned that a change may not be imminent or happen at all.
Sessions was at the White House Monday for a standing meeting he has at the White House every week. Trump was not at the meeting, which is not unusual, officials said.
Department of Justice officials told Fox News that Sessions is in “good spirits.”
Trump’s intensifying criticism has fueled speculation that Sessions may resign even if Trump opts not to fire him. During an event at the White House, Trump ignored a shouted question about whether Sessions should step down. The attorney general said last week he intended to stay in his post.
If Trump were to fire Sessions, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein would be elevated to the top post on an acting basis. That would leave the president with another attorney general of whom he has been sharply critical in both public and private for his handling of the Russia probe, according to four White House and outside advisers who, like others interviewed, spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations.
It could also raise the specter of Trump asking Rosenstein — or whomever he appoints to fill the position — to fire Robert Mueller, the special counsel leading the investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election and potential collusion with Trump’s campaign.
The president’s tweet about the former Alabama senator comes less than a week after Trump, in a New York Times interview, said that Sessions should never have taken the job as attorney general if he was going to recuse himself. Sessions made that decision after it was revealed that he had met with a top Russian diplomat last year.
Trump and Sessions’ conversations in recent weeks have been infrequent. Sessions had recently asked senior White House staff how he might patch up relations with the president but that effort did not go anywhere, according to a person briefed on the conversations.
Newt Gingrich, a frequent Trump adviser, said that the president, with his criticisms of Sessions, was simply venting and being “honest about his feelings. But that doesn’t mean he’s going to do anything,” Gingrich said. Still, he said the president’s comments would have repercussions when it comes to staff morale.
“Anybody who is good at team building would suggest to the president that attacking members of your team rattles the whole team,” Gingrich said.
Sessions and Trump used to be close, sharing both a friendship and an ideology. Sessions risked his reputation when he became the first U.S. senator to endorse the celebrity businessman and his early backing gave Trump legitimacy, especially among the hard-line anti-immigration forces that bolstered his candidacy. Several of Sessions’ top aides now serve in top administration posts, including Stephen Miller, the architect of several of Trump’s signature proposals, including the travel ban and tough immigration policy.
After Trump’s public rebuke last week, Sessions seemed determined to keep doing the job he said “goes beyond anything that I would have ever imagined for myself.”
“I’m totally confident that we can continue to run this office in an effective way,” Sessions said last week.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Rep. Gowdy Gets Trump’s Frustration With Sessions; Sen. Graham Says Lay Off
(CNSNews.com) – President Trump’s tweets criticizing Attorney General Jeff Sessions “are not helpful for long-term employment, but that’s between him and the president,” Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) told Fox News on Tuesday.
“I think Jeff Sessions made the right decision in recusing himself and I also understand the president’s frustration at the decision and actions that Attorney General Sessions– that led to him having to recuse himself. That’s where my focus is,” Gowdy said.
“The president is frustrated that he picked an attorney general that had to recuse himself. The recusal was based on the attorney general’s failure to recall some meetings…The recusal was appropriate, but I do understand the president’s frustration – ‘I wish you had told me this when you were interviewing for the job, perhaps I would have picked someone else.’ That’s not an unfair thing to muse about,” Gowdy said.
But Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) take a different view of President Trump’s apparent desire to force Sessions out of his job.
In a statement released on Tuesday, Graham said:
Jeff Sessions is one of the most decent people I’ve ever met in my political life. Jeff Session is a rock-solid conservative, but above else he believes in the Rule of Law. He understands we are a nation of laws, not men. On occasion, I’ve vigorously disagreed with Jeff but I’ve never once doubted his integrity or sense of fair play. President Trump’s tweet today suggesting Attorney General Sessions pursue prosecution of a former political rival is highly inappropriate. Prosecutorial decisions should be based on applying facts to the law without hint of political motivation. To do otherwise is to run away from the long-standing American tradition of separating the law from politics regardless of party.
As CNSNews.com reported, Trump on Tuesday issued two tweets dealing with the man who was one of Trump’s earliest and staunchest supporters:
“Attorney General Jeff Sessions has taken a VERY weak position on Hillary Clinton crimes (where are E-mails & DNC server) & Intel leakers!” Trump tweeted early Tuesday morning.
And minutes before that: “Ukrainian efforts to sabotage Trump campaign – “quietly working to boost Clinton.” So where is the investigation A.G. @seanhannity”
(On his television show Monday night, Fox News’s Sean Hannity and his guests discussed the FBI’s failure to investigate the Clinton Foundation and the Uranium One deal.)
On Monday, President Trump described his attorney general as “beleaguered.” But that’s only because President Trump criticized Sessions in an interview with The New York Times last week, saying he never would have made him attorney general if he’d known Sessions would recuse himself from the Russia investigation.
Sessions so far has given no indication that he plans to step down voluntarily.
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) called Sesssions “a good and honorable man” on Tuesday.
“And I think he’s doing what he believes he’s obligated to do under the rules that govern Attorney Generals and that, in order to restore the credibility of the Department of Justice and the FBI, something we sorely need after the last Administration, that he made the right decision to recuse himself,” Cornyn told CNN.
“I think in order to maintain the impression of impartiality, which is so important to building public confidence, that I think Jeff Sessions did the right thing.”
TRUMP SAVAGES ‘WEAK’ AG JEFF SESSIONS FOR IGNORING HILLARY CRIMES
Is president setting stage to fire attorney general?
July 25, 2017 by Adan Salazar
Update [July 25, 2:49PM CT]: Asked at a Tuesday joint press conference with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri about his sentiment regarding the attorney general, Trump said he was “disappointed” with Sessions.
“He should not have recused himself. If he was going to recuse himself he should have told me… and I would have quite simply picked somebody else. I think it’s unfair to the presidency.”
On Tuesday, Agence-France Presse reported the White House will “soon” reach a decision regarding Sessions.
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President Donald Trump lashed out at Attorney General Jeff Sessions Tuesday, slamming him for failing to investigate alleged crimes committed by the DNC and Hillary Clinton.
In an early morning tweet storm, the president laid in on Sessions over his “very weak position on Hillary Clinton crimes.”
“Attorney General Jeff Sessions has taken a VERY weak position on Hillary Clinton crimes (where are E-mails & DNC server) & Intel leakers!” Trump wrote.
“Ukrainian efforts to sabotage Trump campaign – “quietly working to boost Clinton.” So where is the investigation A.G. @seanhannity,” the president also said.
Trump’s public discontent with the attorney general follows a Saturday tweet which also spoke of the Justice Department’s lack of investigation into Clinton’s deleted emails.
South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham came to Sessions’ defense Tuesday, asserting the Alabama senator is “one of the most decent people I’ve ever met in my political life” – indicating some Republicans may fight an effort to oust the AG.
“President Trump’s tweet today suggesting Attorney General Sessions pursue prosecution of a former political rival is highly inappropriate,” Graham said.
The criticism fuels speculation the president is strongly considering replacing Sessions, one of his presidential campaign’s earliest major Republican supporters.
The Associated Press reports newly-appointed White House Press Secretary Anthony Scaramucci also agreed on the Hugh Hewitt radio show Tuesday that Trump likely wants Sessions to step down.
Last Wednesday, Trump admitted to The New York Times he was upset over Sessions’ decision to recuse himself from the investigation into Russian collusion with his campaign, saying it was “very unfair to the president.”
“Jeff Sessions takes the job, gets into the job, recuses himself, which frankly I think is very unfair to the president,” Trump said in a recorded conversation. “How do you take a job and then recuse yourself? If he would have recused himself before the job, I would have said, ‘Thanks, Jeff, but I’m not going to take you.’ It’s extremely unfair — and that’s a mild word — to the president.”
Meanwhile, some conservative pundits are urging the president to tread carefully in going after people friendly to his cause, while others say the president to focus his anger at establishment-friendly Special Counsel Robert Mueller investigating the Trump-Russia collusion narrative.
Last week Fox host Tucker Carlson pleaded with Trump to rethink the decision to oust Sessions, saying he was “the most effective” Trump cabinet member.
“The first rule in politics, as in war, as in life, don’t shoot the friendlies. Sessions is the closest ally Trump has in the administration, one of the very few who even understands why he won in the first place,” Carlson argued.
Town Hall columnist Kurt Schlichter recommended Trump should fire Mueller, but “be smart” about it.
“Mueller has to go, sooner or later, but the President must first set the stage and make sure the American people understand exactly how much of an utter scam this whole thing is before he acts,” Schlichter wrote.
On Monday rumors swirled that Trump was considering former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani for the position, but speculation was quickly tamped down by Giuliani himself, who told CNN Sessions made the right move recusing himself.
New reports Tuesday claim the president is considering former Republican presidential opponent Ted Cruz for the role.
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