When I last wrote about Jeff Sessions, later than expected because of the continuing nightmare of repairing and redecorating the house, Americans were optimistic at the end of 2017 that he would finally wake up and do something other than prosecute MS-13 members and dope smokers.
Not that those things aren’t important, but without taking down the Deep State, including one Mrs Hillary Rodham Clinton, they are mere details.
2018 did not begin well for America’s attorney general. Many Trump supporters hope that he will be out on his ear by the end of the year.
On January 4, two Republican congressmen, Jim Jordan (a hot tip for the next Speaker of the House) and Mark Meadows, wrote an article for the Washington Examiner, ‘It’s time for Jeff Sessions to go, as shown by the latest FBI leak’. The article posed various questions about the charges of Trump’s Russian collusion when the DoJ and FBI were knee-deep in it. They were also leaking stories to the media, particularly James ‘Cardinal’ Comey:
It’s apparent that Comey has never had a problem sharing information with reporters, and he allowed his team to “follow the leader” in that regard—but it is time for this practice to come to an immediate end.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from the Russia investigation, but it would appear he has no control at all of the premier law enforcement agency in the world. It is time for Sessions to start managing in a spirit of transparency to bring all of this improper behavior to light and stop further violations. 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.
The following day, Talking Points Memo reported that another Republican congressman, Dana Rohrabacher, also dumped on Sessions during an interview to CNN:
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) said Friday that President Donald Trump “has a legitimate right to say that he was betrayed” by Attorney General Jeff Sessions due to Sessions’ recusal from matters relating to Russia, which in turn led to the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller.
“The American people, now, are getting a taste of what people in Washington have known over this last year, and that is Jeff Sessions betrays the people who have had faith in him,” Rohrabacher told CNN’s Ana Cabrera in an interview …
“When he recused himself from this whole Russia thing,” Rohrabacher said of Sessions, “he knew he was setting in motion the establishment of a special prosecutor. And a special prosecutor, as happens in Washington, we understand, is just giving unlimited power to someone to go after you, and not just you but to go after anybody they want to go after” …
“This shows you what happens when you have an attorney general who is not loyal to someone who has been elected by the people on a specific issue,” he added. “And Sessions betrayed us on this, and he’s betrayed the President on the special prosecutor for the Russia collusion that never existed.”
The day after that — January 6 — yet another Republican called for Sessions to resign. CNN reported:
GOP Rep. Chris Stewart, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, joined the growing list of Republicans calling for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign.
“This is hard for me, it really is, because I think Jeff Sessions is one of the most honorable men in Washington, D.C.,” Stewart told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer Friday afternoon. “But we have been weakened in our investigation into very important concerns at the Department of Justice and the FBI. Jeff Sessions is not able to take the reins and direct that investigation” …
Because of his recusal, Sessions is unable to act on the department’s current Russia probe — spearheaded by special counsel Robert Mueller’s team, appointed in May, and overseen by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. But a new attorney general, appointed by Trump, would not be bound by those restrictions, and could potentially fire Rosenstein and Mueller and reassert control over the investigation.
Later that day, CNN reported that Sessions was not among those invited to the Camp David retreat that weekend. The White House said that the occasion was not meant for cabinet members but rather for bicameral discussions with congressional leaders. Yet, CNN pointed out that eight cabinet members had been invited.
My hopes had been raised, only to be dashed.
QAnon is putting the question to Attorney General Sessions directly: ‘Does Sessions have the courage to bring criminal investigations against Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, as well as criminal elements in the DNC, the FBI and the DOJ?’
If Sessions lacks the nerve after the ‘Nunes Memo’ has been made public, Sessions will be replaced by President Trump.
House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes’s memo about FISA irregularities was released early in February. Sadly, nothing happened to Sleepy other than Rod Rosenstein hiding all of his pencils while he was napping.
Days before that, Tom Fitton from Judicial Watch tweeted about missing FBI texts that Special Agent Peter Strzok and FBI/DOJ attorney Lisa Page (since dismissed) exchanged:
In response to FBI “missing” texts scandal, AG Sessions should direct U.S. Marshals to take steps to seize, secure and preserve necessary computer evidence at FBI. And if AG doesn’t act,
@RealDonaldTrump should order it be done.
Sessions loyalists were sure that a secret plan was afoot, thinking that he was vowing assistance in the matter. (Sigh.)
On February 7, a Florida Republican congressional candidate Tim Canova pointed out that Sessions wasn’t doing anything about the Awan scandal, which might have resulted in Pakistan discovering American intelligence pertaining to national security:
Junior members of Congress claiming that House GOP & Democratic leadership cut corrupt deal working together to bury this scandal, refusing to call Awan or
@DWStweets to testify, & concerned that Sessions DOJ and FBI also AWOL on this scandal. Duopoly one hand washes the other.
Recently, Awan was declared free to go. Amazing. Sessions never talked about the years of IT administration ‘work’ Awan did for the Democrats — and other enemies.
In February, the shooting at the high school in Parkland, Florida, took place. The FBI received reports of suspicions about Nikolaus Cruz, the shooter, and did nothing. On February 16, Sessions issued a statement about it. From The Daily Caller:
“It is now clear that the warning signs were there and tips to the FBI were missed,” Sessions wrote in a statement. “We see the tragic consequences of those failures.”
“The FBI in conjunction with our state and local partners must act flawlessly to prevent all attacks. This is imperative, and we must do better,” he continued.
Sessions demanded the review would help both bodies “reach the highest level of prompt and effective response to indications of potential violence that come to us.”
That was the last Americans heard from him on the shooting.
Florida’s governor, Rick Scott, in turn, demanded the resignation of FBI director Christopher Wray, sadly, still in situ.
Sessions’s supporters still held out hope that something would break. On February 27, The Conservative Treehouse expressed hope that the upcoming report from the DoJ’s inspector general, Michael Horowitz, would be useful:
As AG Sessions affirms, IG Horowitz is NOT limited in scope. Horowitz is investigating *all* avenues of politicization within the DOJ and FBI and abuse therein; this includes FISA abuse.
Unfortunately, Horowitz’s report, which came out in June, stated nothing of the sort. Christopher Wray said that extra training would be given to FBI agents about bias. What a laugh.
February 28 was newsworthy for several reasons:
1/ The Hill reported that Trump refers to Sessions as Mr Magoo;
2/ Sessions hit back, saying he was performing his duties ‘with integrity and honour’;
3/ Sessions went out that evening to a private dinner with his deputy Rod Rosenstein (photo at link);
4/ Sessions refused to answer any questions about the dinner.
Interestingly, Solicitor General Noel Francisco — No. 3 in the DoJ — accompanied the two. The Washington Examiner reported:
Attorney General Jeff Sessions declined to answer questions from reporters on President Trump’s disparaging tweets about him earlier in the day Wednesday as he left a restaurant in Washington, D.C., along with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Solicitor General Noel Francisco.
Sessions was exiting Central Michel Richard when the reporters approached him. He had just concluded dining for almost two hours with Rosenstein and Francisco, according to tweets from Buzzfeed News’ Chris Geidner.
A tweet of Geidner’s video is included in the article.
The dinner between the three men was reportedly per the request of Francisco, who wanted to discuss the department and administration’s agenda. A source close to Sessions said the outing was “in no way planned as pushback or an act of solidarity against the president,” according to Axios.
A source close to Sessions, who has spoken with him, called me just now to tell me that this meeting was “in no way planned as pushback or an act of solidarity against the president.”
On March 1, The Conservative Treehouse continued to believe that Sessions still had top-level prosecutions in mind:
This evening House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes sends a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions questioning the protocol and legality of a fraudulent FISA application submitted by the FBI. This approach sets up AG Sessions to defer the legal framework to OIG Michael Horowitz, and establishes the public basis for parallel prosecutors within the DOJ.
However, keep in mind, it’s extremely likely, almost certain, these prosecutors already exist – they are already working with Horowitz.
The following day, the Gateway Pundit said (emphases in the original):
Sessions needs to leave office.
Earlier in the article, they reported that still another Republican legislator, Rep. Matt Gaetz (pron. ‘Gates’) expressed disappointment with Sessions:
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) joined Judge Jeanine Pirro on Hannity on Friday to discuss AWOL Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the deep state corruption.
Gaetz told Judge Jeanine that Jeff Sessions needs to get rid of his “dereliction of duty” mindset and appoint a second special counsel.
Later in the interview Rep. Gaetz told Judge Jeanine that Jeff Sessions won’t even answer questions when with House members and defers everything to Rod Rosenstein or Rosenstein’s aides.
Rep. Matt Gaetz: I did sit down with the Attorney General along with Judiciary Chair Bob Goodlatte and many others and I was disappointed that the Attorney General didn’t seem to be very engaged on any of these issues regarding existential threats to the Trump administration. He was deferring to a team that answers to Rod Rosenstein for goodness sakes.
Fox’s Lou Dobbs picked up on the article and tweeted:
Sessions has fallen ill, he’s incapacitated in some fashion, or he’s been coopted or captured: to preserve any dignity, for the good of the country he needs to resign.
#MAGA @realDonaldTrump #TrumpTrain #AmericaFirst
On March 7, Sessions woke up long enough to file an injunction against California with regard to three of their immigration laws and released Fast and Furious documentation from Eric Holder’s time as AG.
Meanwhile, The Conservative Treehouse was sure that Sessions was on the Deep State case:
It would appear Attorney General Jeff Sessions already has a DOJ prosecutor looking into the issues uncovered by the House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte.
You might note, as we previously outlined, Chairman Bob Goodlatte -as a specific outcome of his oversight role- is the congressional leader working closest with DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz. I shall resist the urge….
… to say that those clamouring for Sessions’s resignation are wrong?
That night, Sessions gave an interview to Fox’s Shannon Bream. He told her, not so convincingly:
I have great respect for Mr. Gowdy and Chairman Goodlatte, and we’re going to consider, seriously, their recommendations.
We’ve got a fresh start at the FBI. These are people of integrity and ability. So, I want the American people to know that things are being done, and we’ll have the kind of department that everybody can respect.
However, The Conservative Treehouse saw something different in the Bream-Sessions interview:
There has been a great deal of consternation, directed toward AG Jeff Sessions surrounding the ongoing FISA abuse scandal and the larger issues of unlawful DOJ and FBI conduct in their political investigation of candidate Donald Trump. It is a matter of great division amid people who follow the details.
That said, AG Jeff Sessions revealed tonight in an interview with Shannon Bream, that he previously appointed a DOJ official to investigate the issues delivered by Chairman Bob Goodlatte (House Judiciary), prior to receiving the request for a Special Counsel from Chairman Goodlatte and Trey Gowdy.
I was then — and still am — livid with Sessions.
The New York Times best selling author Larry Schweikart expressed it perfectly:
Hannity: The Little Rock FBI field office confirms it has had an “ongoing” investigation of Cankles and the Clinton Crime Family Foundation.
But . . . Sessions is asleep.
Nothing can budge the guy, even now.
I have a lot of Sessions links for March 2018, which I hope to post on sooner rather than later. That said, the house project is ongoing and will be for the rest of the year. My apologies in advance.