Jeff Sessions’ role as AG is coming under heavy fire, and has some conservatives taking sides.
President Trump publicly shamed Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday over inaction by the DOJ on FISA abuse.
Calling Sessions’ handling of the situation “disgraceful,” Trump asked why his own lawyers in the Department of Justice weren’t going to conduct the investigation instead of giving it to the Inspector General.
Why is A.G. Jeff Sessions asking the Inspector General to investigate potentially massive FISA abuse. Will take forever, has no prosecutorial power and already late with reports on Comey etc. Isn’t the I.G. an Obama guy? Why not use Justice Department lawyers? DISGRACEFUL!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 28, 2018
Trump’s tweet elicited a rare and firm response from Sessions:
“We have initiated the appropriate process that will ensure complaints against this Department will be fully and fairly acted upon if necessary. As long as I am the Attorney General, I will continue to discharge my duties with integrity and honor, and this Department will continue to do its work in a fair and impartial manner according to the Constitution.”
Former Justice reporter Howard Kurtz argued that Sessions is in between a rock and a hard place.
“How credible would it be if Sessions, a big Senate supporter and surrogate of the Trump campaign, who’s recused himself from the Russia probe, was overseeing an investigation of how the Obama DOJ handled a surveillance request against a Trump adviser who had contacts with Russia?” Kurtz asked in a Fox News article.
It’s no secret that Trump appeared upset over Sessions’ self-recusal over the Russia probe. The president has been vocal in his disappointment with the AG even as recently as last week when he criticized Sessions for not making Dems and the Obama administration the center of a DOJ investigation over “Russian meddling.”
There’s even a Ben Garrison video cartoon that expresses the growing Sessions-frustration sentiment:
— BenGarrison Cartoons (@GrrrGraphics) February 28, 2018
Sympathetic to Sessions’ precarious position, Kurtz pointed out fellow Fox News colleague Brit Hume’s critical response to Trump’s public reprimands.
Not everyone is so forgiving to Sessions.
Conservative actor James Woods joined a chorus of like-minded Republicans who condemned Sessions for not unleashing the full wrath of the DOJ, and urged the AG to “unleash the dogs of war.”
But the Republican tent is a tolerant one that has a lot of room for free-thought and plenty of ideas. A third-wave of thinking among a crew of dedicated Trump supporters are convinced that there’s a method to the madness, and question whether or not the public spats are a ploy to throw the media off the scent of the bigger picture.
Sessions is busy behind the scenes. He’s been a busy little bee.
— Luke Duke Nukem 🇺🇸 (@LukeDukeNukem5) February 28, 2018
I hope/pray dogs have already been released, operating in the background. BO liked to tell the enemy his every move. @POTUS knows to keep his cards close to vest also send out false flags to keep the enemy smug. I believe that when $hi! hits the fan it will be quick/deadly.
— Zanner Bee (@zannerbee) February 28, 2018
And the speculation is flying under the conservative tent:
Trump is smart, his tweet is a diversion.#TrustSessions
So many indictments
So little time
— K.Lynn Wink (@winkaglow) March 1, 2018
I need to go do stuff, but I want people to ask themselves:
WHY the avalanche of stories?
Trump's reelection announced, Trump angry at Sessions, Mueller investigating Trump, gun laws, Kelly pulling security clearances…
You're being distracted. Something huge is happening. pic.twitter.com/TMSrPq0H0K
— Thomas Wictor (@ThomasWictor) March 1, 2018
Something huge is always happening these days. Stay tuned…