In an interview with Boston talk radio host Howie Carr this weekend, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that the Department of Justice was looking into the professional conduct of government attorney Bruce Ohr and his relationship with the author of the infamous Trump/Russia dossier.
Ohr, whose association with British spy Christopher Steele has already cost him the title of associate deputy attorney general, is now under investigation for what he knew about the development of the dossier – an investigation that could, ultimately, cost him his job with the DOJ.
“I hate to second guess you, Mr. Attorney General, but why isn’t he just fired?” asked Carr. “It now turns out that he was meeting with the people who did this dirty dossier – I mean these people, who were basically taking money from Hillary Clinton to produce this fake dossier–shouldn’t that be a firing offense?”
“We’re going to look at that,” Sessions said. “It is being looked at and if it requires discipline it will be carried out. But he has been removed from a key, sensitive spot and I guess that’s all I can tell you at this time now. It is not a little matter and we’re going to look at it, I can guarantee you that.”
It’s irritating when Sessions, ever the politician, responds to serious questions of departmental wrongdoing with these diplomatic answers, but we guess he’s the counterweight to the president’s forthright, punch-first-ask-questions-later M.O. We can respect that, even if it sometimes feels as though Sessions is a little too reluctant to clean up the Department of Justice, which is, even now, filled with anti-Trump rats who want nothing more than to bring this White House crashing down.
Carr must have been thinking the same thing, because he moved directly on to the government leaks that continue to undermine Trump’s ability to run an efficient administration.
“Do you understand how frustrated we are about this?” he asked. “There are never any pro-Trump leaks. These people in the Deep State, they seem to be running amok. When are you guys going to get a handle on this?”
“Well, I do feel the frustration and I do think people have a right to be concerned, but often we are not able to do something the very day something hits the newspapers,” Sessions replied. “We’ve got to work at it a little bit to make sure we know what we are doing.”
Yeah, but the problem with these leaks dates back to January, just after Trump took office. These stories didn’t just hit the newspapers yesterday. We’d like to see Sessions take a more proactive stance. Root out the Obama holdovers and administrative state miscreants who are working against the president and hold people accountable for the part they played in the FARCE that is this Trump/Russia narrative.