(National Sentinel) No Faith: Long-time readers know we’ve been pretty tough on Attorney General Jeff Sessions for a number of reasons but most notably because of his decision to recuse himself from all things Russia had a direct role in the naming of special counsel Robert Mueller.
Though he has never found any “collusion” between the 2016 Trump campaign and Mother Russia, he’s been a huge thorn in POTUS Trump’s behind. His wide mandate given to him by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has Mueller indicting people in Tthe president’s orbit who had nothing at all to do with any nefarious campaign-related activities.
But we’ve not been nearly as hard on Sessions as POTUS Trump has been. And in fact, in an interview with The Hill the president was as blunt as he’s ever been regarding Sessions: “I don’t have an attorney general,” he said.
“I don’t have an attorney general. It’s very sad,” Trump told Hill.TV in an extensive and freewheeling interview Tuesday from the Oval Office.
The president has long excoriated Sessions for his March 2017 decision to recuse himself from the Russia collusion investigation. But on Tuesday he suggested he is frustrated by Sessions’ performance on far more than that.
“I’m not happy at the border, I’m not happy with numerous things, not just this,” he said.
Trump suggested he had a personal blind spot when it came to nominating Sessions as the nation’s top law enforcement officer.
“I’m so sad over Jeff Sessions because he came to me. He was the first senator that endorsed me. And he wanted to be attorney general, and I didn’t see it,” he said.
“And then he went through the nominating process and he did very poorly. I mean, he was mixed up and confused, and people that worked with him for, you know, a long time in the Senate were not nice to him, but he was giving very confusing answers. Answers that should have been easily answered. And that was a rough time for him.”
The president suggested Sessions’ experience going through the nominating process in the Senate may have impacted his performance as attorney general.
“He gets in and probably because of the experience that he had going through the nominating when somebody asked him the first question about Hillary Clinton or something he said ‘I recuse myself, I recuse myself,’” Trump said.
“And now it turned out he didn’t have to recuse himself. Actually, the FBI reported shortly thereafter any reason for him to recuse himself. And it’s very sad what happened.”
In early 2017 the FBI concluded in a memo to a Sessions aide, revealed in December, that the AG nominee was under no obligation to reveal contacts with foreign officials that took place as part of his work as a U.S. senator.
Last month Senator Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Senator Lindsay Graham, R-S.C., backed POTUS and said he deserves an AG that he has faith in. What’s more, they said they would publicly back him if he fired Sessions following the November midterms.
If he does, he may want to include Rosenstein as well for his fine work in appointing Mueller to harass and harangue POTUS indefinitely.
Don’t get us wrong. Sessions is a decent man and he was a great senator. He’s just not been a very good AG for POTUS or the country.