— Schooley (@Rschooley) March 4, 2018
“Jeff Sessions, secret liberal” really manages to plumb a whole new depth of implausibility.
— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) March 3, 2018
And yet first-term Rep and aspiring Trump ballwasher Matt Gaetz was on Fox today, agreeing with “Judge Jeanine” that beta cuck Sessions should either appoint a more Repub-friendly special counsel or GTFO:
Rep. Matt Gaetz and a dozen other House Republicans are calling for the Justice Department to appoint a second special counsel to investigate surveillance abuses against the Trump campaign…
"My fear is that if we don't have a second special counsel this will turn out a lot like the Benghazi investigation where we learn a lot about facts but no one is held accountable" pic.twitter.com/dVS0RTT7io
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) March 5, 2018
Gaetz said on “Outnumbered Overtime” that a second probe would provide “real accountability for these crimes that were committed against President Trump and his team.”
He said Republicans called for a second special counsel seven months ago, but Sessions took no action.
“If Jeff Sessions doesn’t want to do the job of attorney general, he should step aside and we should get somebody who wants to do that job.”…
This came after Chris Christie’s Sunday performance, saying that if the president really wants an Attorney General he can trust, maybe he should just man up and do something…
Chris Christie on ABC: "If the president has absolutely no confidence in the attorney general, then the president has to act. Not just criticize, but act."
— Rebecca Ballhaus (@rebeccaballhaus) March 4, 2018
I’m just saying. Friend to friend. And look, do I have any suggestions for a replacement? No. But it should be someone who maybeeee used to be a U.S attorney but not so recently that he’s a deep stater. And maybe someone who has executive experience. Just saying. https://t.co/Q2k2bCpJdQ
— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) March 4, 2018
(Yeah, I don’t think even Donny Dollhands is dumb enough to fall for Christie’s bluff, but ya can’t fault the man for trying.)
Remember last week, per the Washington Post?
Perhaps Attorney General Jeff Sessions was desensitized by President Trump’s “DISGRACEFUL” tweet on Wednesday, but if he has any feelings left to hurt, then the former senator from Alabama might have been further wounded by Thursday’s daily news briefing.
Asked if Trump plans to fire Sessions, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders replied, “Not that I know of.”…
Sessions made a move Tuesday that could have pleased Trump, when he said the Justice Department’s inspector general would investigate possible abuses of surveillance powers. Trump has claimed that his presidential campaign was a victim of such abuses.
But Trump was not satisfied; on Wednesday, he tweeted his frustration that Sessions had tapped the inspector general, Michael E. Horowitz, to conduct the probe. Horowitz was nominated to the U.S. Sentencing Commission by President George W. Bush but assumed his role during the Obama administration, a fact that apparently makes him suspect, in Trump’s eyes…
I’m not going as far as Gail Collins, but I’m certainly happy to root for injuries in this fight:
…Sessions has been in hot water pretty much since the moment he took over the job and then recused himself from any investigation into contacts between the Trump campaign and Russians. This was based on the fact that when he was working on the Trump campaign he had contact with a Russian.
But the president was outraged! “Where’s my Roy Cohn?” he demanded. It is possible that until then, Sessions didn’t realize that his boss’s ideal A.G. would be somebody whose career was highlighted by McCarthy witch hunts and concluded with a disbarment for unethical conduct.
Cohn was Trump’s own personal lawyer during his New York club-crawling days, and it is definitely true that if he was now in charge of the Justice Department, the special prosecutor would be fired, kidnapped or tossed in a river with a cement bootee.
So you can see why the president is dissatisfied. And of all the stupid-to-terrifying things going on in the White House, one of the most depressing may be that Jeff Sessions is becoming a sympathetic figure.
Not that he hasn’t kept trying to reingratiate himself. Remember that on-camera cabinet meeting in which Trump’s appointees competed to see who could gush the most compliments in the shortest period of time? Sessions came in very near the top, assuring the president that the forces of law and order were “so thrilled” to have him in command…
How long do you think he’ll last? Well, he’s made it clear he doesn’t intend to go on his own volition, and despite the massive churn in the administration, most of the departed have resigned under their own power. Trump, who we’re discovering is terrible at firing people, has actually canned only three — the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, the acting attorney general and the F.B.I. director.
Hmm, what do all those offices have in common?
"The difference between me and Jeff Sessions is that I had a president I did not have to protect."
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) March 3, 2018