It is growing increasingly clear that President Trump wants Jeff Sessions out of the Justice Department, and it doesn’t take a genius to figure out why. Trump has been suddenly and relentlessly critical of his attorney general over the past week, and his turn against Sessions happens to coincide with the news that Robert Mueller’s investigation is running off the Russia rails and straight into Trump’s personal financial history. As he has every right to be, Trump is clearly incensed by the current direction of the investigation, and this, in turn, leads him to sharply regret having an attorney general who has recused himself from all things Russia.
In the latest attack on Sessions, Trump took to Twitter on Tuesday morning to wonder why his attorney general wasn’t looking into the Democrats’ collusion with Ukraine.
“Ukrainian efforts to sabotage Trump campaign – ‘quietly working to boost Clinton.’ So where is the investigation A.G.?” he wrote.
Then, moments later: “Attorney General Jeff Sessions has taken a VERY weak position on Hillary Clinton crimes (where are E-mails & DNC server) & Intel leakers!”
Now, this criticism hardly makes sense, given that the president himself said back in November that he didn’t want his Justice Department to pursue charges against Clinton relating to the email scandal.
But that’s all beside the point. Trump isn’t trying to make a point about Hillary Clinton or the DNC’s collusion with the Ukrainians (even if they are both valid points). He’s trying to shake Sessions loose from the tree so that he can install someone at the Justice Department who is willing and able to either put Mueller’s investigation back on track…or get rid of the special counsel altogether.
Which of course causes us to wonder why he doesn’t simply fire Sessions and get it over with. That appears to be the outcome he’s looking for, so why not skip all the preamble? By going about it this way, he’s just rattling his entire executive cabinet, many of whom are reported to be irritated by Trump’s remarks. A recent story has Secretary of State Rex Tillerson thinking about resigning due to Trump’s “unprofessionalism” in attacking Sessions. And that doesn’t even get into the mounds of criticism Trump is taking from conservative pundits like Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh – pundits who have been some of the president’s greatest champions.
There is no doubt that Mueller needs to be stopped, because his partisan investigation has traveled far, FAR outside the scope of the mission. Whether Trump CAN stop it without creating an even bigger problem inside his administration, however, is another story.