Frustration grows as some conservatives defend Sessions amid Trump’s harsh criticism

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.

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:

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.

And the speculation is flying under the conservative tent:

Something huge is always happening these days. Stay tuned…

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