It’s not often that you hear people advocating for “throwing the baby out with the bath water.” We generally try to save what’s good even when it’s accompanied with so much bad. However, I’m willing to make an exception when it comes to removing U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions from his position.
While there are many good reasons for keeping Sessions as head of the Department of Justice, he may not be the man we need for a time such as this.
I supported Sessions when he recused himself from involvement with the Russian investigation. Due to being part of the Trump campaign team during the election, he was placed in a potential conflict of interest situation.
President Trump became aware during the confirmation process that Sessions would recuse himself if that was the advice given to Sessions by legal counsel. The DOJ legal counsel later advised Sessions to recuse himself and true to his word, that’s what he did, much to the chagrin of many Americans who don’t understand the ethical requirements an attorney faces.
The ethics of some of the past attorney generals have been missing and highly questionable at best.
That has not been the case with Sessions. So far, he has proven himself to be an ethical AG and that’s what America needs.
However, it may not be all America needs, especially in view of some recent issues which have arisen and need investigating.
For instance, there is a concern by many on the right that former FBI Director James Comey may have been involved in protecting Hillary Clinton from prosecution by “watering down” the wording of his statement from “grossly negligent” to “extremely careless”, when he described her use of a personal e-mail system in handling classified information during her time as Secretary of State.
Also, there have been numerous calls for Sessions to open an investigation given information about possible collusion between Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe and Strzok regarding a text message Strzok allegedly wrote about “insurance” against a Trump presidency.
Not to mention, some GOP Congress members have asked for an investigation into how the DNC and the Hillary Clinton campaign may have worked with the FBI to insure a Donald Trump loss.
There are many questions surrounding the infamous “dossier” and who used it to obtain a warrant in the FISA court to “spy” on the Trump administration, many questions remain unanswered.
To date, it appears that Sessions has not begun an investigation on any of these.
There is also another problem.
It appears that no one is really in charge of special counsel Robert Mueller who is in charge of the Russian investigation.
The “Russian interference with the election” investigation has apparently expanded far beyond its original scope with Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein’s blessing.
Although he would not confirm that he has given permission for Mueller’s scope to be broadened, Rosenstein did confirm that he met with Mueller to discuss “clarifications”and added:
“There are a lot of media stories speculating about what the special counsel may or may not be doing. I know what (Mueller is) doing. I’m appropriately exercising my oversight responsibilities. So I can assure you that the special counsel is conducting himself consistently with our understanding about the scope of his investigation.”
The scope of Mueller’s duties are not the only concern.
In addition, we are now learning that Mueller may have obtained information during his investigation illegally.
On Saturday, Trump’s attorney, Kory Langhofer fired off a seven page letter to the House and Senate oversight committees in which he alleges Mueller potentially violated attorney-client privilege and the Fourth Amendment, which protects against unlawful search and seizure.
And yet, just last week, Rosenstein bragged during his Senate Committee hearing that he was maintaining appropriate control over Mueller’s investigation and that there was no good cause to fire Mueller.
“… I’m appropriately exercising my oversight responsibilities.”
“I believe based on his reputation, his service, his patriotism, and his experience with the department and with the FBI, I believe he was an ideal choice for this task.”
“If there were good cause, I would act. If there were no good cause, I would not.”
If Rosenstein is to be taken at his word, then he is either inept, corrupt or both and needs to be fired along with Mueller especially if these latest allegations by Langhofer are true.
Who should fire Rosenstein?
Sessions, of course but he won’t do that because the Left would scream that he is interfering with Mueller’s investigation, just like they did when the accused Trump of interfering with Mueller’s investigation when Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey.
Weeks, months and almost a year has past with no special counsel appointed to explore any of the allegations.
Nothing seems to be happening on that front unless Sessions is working on all of it and just is not telling the American public. It seems unlikely.
This is precisely why it may be time to ask Sessions to step down.
And don’t get me wrong, Sessions is doing a good job that would have been adequate before the swamp and deep state were exposed. But today, something more is needed.
America needs an “ethical” bulldog who would be willing to roll up his or her sleeves and dive in with the full force of the law.
There is only one person that I am familiar with who matches the description and that’s Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) but he’s said in the past he doesn’t want the job.
A suitable replacement may be the only thing currently keeping Sessions in his role.
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