Ben Sasse Won't Vote To Confirm New AG If Sessions Is Fired

“The attorney general should not be fired for acting honorably and for being faithful to the rule of law."

President Trump has had a difficult week. There has been bad legal news on several fronts and the president responded as he often does. In an interview with Fox News, Trump denied Russian collusion and blasted Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his disloyalty in recusing himself from the Russia investigation.

One of Trumps chief complaints is that Sessions took the job of attorney general without telling Trump in advance that he would recuse himself. In reality, Sessions had no reason to recuse himself until after he was sworn in on Feb. 8, 2017. A few weeks after he took office, it was revealed that Sessions had met with Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak during the 2016 campaign despite stating during his confirmation hearings that he had not had contact with Russians in that time. After the revelation, Sessions recused himself on March 2 citing Justice Department regulations that no DOJ employee may participate in a criminal investigation or prosecution if he has a personal or political relationship with any person or organization substantially involved in the conduct that is the subject of the investigation or prosecution, or who would be directly affected by the outcome.

The renewed spat between the president and the attorney general has rekindled speculation that Trump may fire Sessions. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) speculated that the president is very likely to dismiss Sessions after the midterm elections. Now Ben Sasse and other Republican senators are warning the president against removing the attorney general.

I find it really difficult to envision any circumstance where I would vote to confirm a successor to Jeff Sessions if he is fired because he's executing his job, rather than choosing to act as a partisan hack," Sasse (R-Neb.) said on the Senate floor.

The attorney general of the United States should not be fired for acting honorably and for being faithful to the rule of law, he added.

It would be a very, very, very bad idea to fire the attorney general because he's not executing his job as a political hack, Sasse said. That is not the job of the attorney general. The attorney general's job is to be faithful to the Constitution and to the rule of law.

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) seemed to agree with Sasse, telling reporters that she didnt see the president being able to get someone else confirmed if Sessions was removed.

Meanwhile, President Trump left no doubt what he wants with a pair of early morning tweets, in which he responded to Sessions statement that the Department of Justice will not be improperly influenced by political considerations.

Jeff, this is GREAT, what everyone wants, the president tweeted, before adding unironically, So look into all of the corruption on the other side including deleted Emails, Comey lies & leaks, Mueller conflicts, McCabe, Strzok, Page, Ohr, FISA abuse, Christopher Steele & his phony and corrupt Dossier, the Clinton Foundation, illegal surveillance of Trump Campaign, Russian collusion by Dems - and so much more.

At this point, President Trump is stuck with Sessions. The attorney general seems to have no plans to leave his post even after more than a year of withering criticism and attacks from the president. If Trump did fire Sessions, there would be little time to pick and confirm a new nominee before the new Congress is seated next year. In any case, the growing revolt from Republicans in the Senate makes it doubtful that a nominee more friendly to Trump could be appointed. In the absence of a new attorney general, control of the Department of Justice would fall to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who is not exactly a Trump favorite either. Its possible that election results might make firing Sessions after the election even more problematic.

Donald Trump picked Jeff Sessions to head the Department of Justice. Sessions is doing his job with integrity and without regard for partisanship. This is obviously what upsets the president since he wants someone who can steer the Russia investigation away from his administration and focus the efforts of the DOJ onto his political enemies. Nevertheless, it seems unlikely that Trump will be able to rid himself of Sessions before his term ends in 2021.

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etbass
etbass

Sessions is a front hole. He has no stones to clean out corruption. I don't want a Trump flacky either. Manafort, Cohen and maybe Trump can be criminals and the DOJ and FBI can also be corrupt hacks.

Let's jail them all.

JamesJWilson
JamesJWilson

When the subject is Jeff Sessions, it's often hard to distinguish between Russian trolls and actual, real Trump supporters.

If you are a real American Trump supporter, then Jeff Sessions is an 11 out of 10. No cabinet member of Trump's has executed on Trump's racist agenda better than Sessions. Citing scripture to defend the locking up of little children was genius. If you really have a hate on for brown people, the thought of having Sessions in that position must make you happy every day of the week.

And besides the racist agenda, Sessions is very busy looking the other way on environmental regulations, and generally being a friend to business.

A real Trump supporter would be, at minimum, conflicted about getting rid of Sessions.

Of course if you are Putin, then Sessions is the person who is exposing your attacks on the US, and threatening your Kompromat in the White House. He has to go, and should be replaced by a pro-Russia stooge like Nunez, who can then sabotage counter-intelligence investigations, free all of the Russian spies like Butina, and so on.

So if you are Putin, you tell your army of trolls to hit online discussion forms like this one as hard as they can.

So my apologies if you are a real, American Trump supporter who is simply mesmerized by his personality to the point where you don't even care about his policy agenda, but just know that you'd be in the minority of Trump supporters, especially the ones literate enough to write in complete sentences.

But the fact is that most of the "Trump supporters" you will read online for this subject don't care about America, about Trump, about our domestic policies or any of that. They are just here to do a job.

Leftshot
Leftshot

Interesting that Rosenstein wasnt included in President Trumps tweet list of corruption. Also, apparently we are waiting for responses to the Presidents tweet. Should be interesting.

bushartbs
bushartbs

So Sasse has become a member of the deep-state establishment. Apparently he is comfortable with a two tiered justice systems, one for the political elites the other for the rest of us serfs. He also appears to be just fine with Rosenstein denying Congress Constitutional duty of oversite.

NWRED
NWRED

The problem with Sessions started with the senate confirmation panel and especially Al Franiin. There should have been no confusion between senate duties and the Trump campaign. Sessions met with the Russians as a senator. The meeting issue was a trap.

Russia, Hillary, and the favoritism of the FBI can't be separated. Hillary was more than extremely careless, she was grossly negligent. Few knew the depth of the problem until after the election and the IG report.

Jeff Sessions has done a great job as long as Russia and Hillary were not involved. He is the opposite of the two previous AGs.. Session is a man of his word when he removed himself from anything to do with Russia. But it allowed the biased and corrupt to take over.

Trump has some skeletons in his past but he was elected. The whole Mueller investigation centers around Hillary loosing and Comey being fired.. Trump is a political outsider, who can't know much.