When President Trump nominated Jeff Sessions, America had mixed feelings. Many conservatives hoped that Trey Gowdy, or Judge Napalitano would be nominated for the post. But, Jeff Sessions was the pick, and he had an impressive resume and history that indicated he would be a solid pick that would be a man of action.
Unfortunately, that notion isn’t even remotely close to what Sessions’ tenure as U.S. Attorney General has turned out to be.
First he recused himself from investigating Hillary-Russia collusion, despite the obviousness of the collusion between the two. Then he has dilly-dallied around with virtually everything, issued hollow threats to sanctuary city/state politicians, and essentially hasn’t gotten anything important done after a year in office. Now, calls for his resignation have grown among voters, and it has finally reached influential politicians in Washington DC.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s job security is in question after taking withering fire from fellow Republicans this week, including from two prominent House conservatives who called on him to resign.
Two leaders of the House Freedom Caucus, Reps. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) and Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), called on Sessions to step aside in an op-ed Friday, charging he has lost control of the Department of Justice and the FBI, reports The Hill.
Sessions has also come under criticism from Republicans and Democrats alike for his decision to rescind the Obama-era Cole memo, which gave states the space to legalize marijuana without fear of federal interference.
By withdrawing the memo, Sessions gave federal prosecutors more leeway to pursue cases against the legal marijuana industry, which is expanding rapidly in several states.
Sen. Cory Gardner (R), whose home state of Colorado is host to a booming legal cannabis industry, ripped Sessions on the Senate floor Thursday and accused him of breaking a personal pledge not to change the Obama-era policy.
“When you have Republicans calling for you to step down and you’re in a Republican administration just entering your second year, that’s trouble. He’s really on borrowed time,” said Brian Darling, a Republican strategist and former Senate aide.
“This is an attorney general who has been ridiculed by his own boss on Twitter,” he said, referring to President Trump. “At one point he didn’t have the confidence of his own boss and he’s losing the confidence of the Freedom Caucus and conservatives in the House and Senate.”
Trump reiterated his frustration with Sessions in a recent interview, again criticizing his decision to recuse himself from the Justice Department’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
“I thought it was certainly unnecessary, I thought it was a terrible thing,” Trump told The New York Times.
A new report this week revealed the lengths to which Trump went to keep Sessions from turning over the Russia probe to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
The president took the unusual step of sending White House counsel Don McGahn to lobby Sessions against recusal, according to the Times. Sessions told McGahn his mind was made up, saying he had been advised to do so by other officials in the Justice Department.
The recusal has become a sore spot in the relationship between Trump and Sessions. The president reportedly blames his attorney general for the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel, a move that was made by Rosenstein.
“There’s a feeling on the right that Rod Rosenstein is running the Justice Department, not Jeff Sessions. He’s not doing anything. He’s recused himself to the point that he can’t do his job anymore,” Darling said.
Sessions is still taking heat from the president’s allies over the decision.
Meadows and Jordan argued in an op-ed published in the Washington Examiner on Friday that the FBI investigation into Russian collusion has run amok.
“It would appear he has no control at all of the premier law enforcement agency in the world,” they wrote.
“If Sessions can’t address this issue immediately, then we have one final question needing an answer: When is it time for a new attorney general? Sadly, it seems the answer is now,” they concluded.
Mr Americana, Overpasses News Desk
January 7th, 2017
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