Attorney Jeff Sessions resigned the Office of Attorney General, and you know it had to hurt.
I don’t think it was honorable for Sessions to recuse himself from an investigation because Democrats demanded it and did so without informing his boss of his intentions.
It’s one thing to act as the President’s wingman, but quite another to remain silent while his deputy engaged in questionable behavior, including the appointment of a special prosecutor that has been harmful to the Trump administration and the country and had cost taxpayers millions.
We are pleased to announce that Matthew G. Whitaker, Chief of Staff to Attorney General Jeff Sessions at the Department of Justice, will become our new Acting Attorney General of the United States. He will serve our Country well….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2018
I don’t think Sessions ever really gained control over the DOJ. It was filled with Obama plants which remained loyal to Obama and continue to undermine Trump at every opportunity. It’s way past time for a thorough house cleaning.
By firing/asking Sessions to resign and to appointing someone, not Rod Rosenstein Attorney General, he has effectively removed Rosenstein from the witchhunt. Rosenstein will no longer be able to exempt Special Counsel Robert Mueller from any effective oversight because the Acting Attorney General will do this.
It will be interesting to see how Democrats and their media allies try to spin this into an obstruction charge.
#Breaking Rod Rosenstein will NO LONGER oversee the Robert Mueller investigation following the firing of Jeff Sessions
Acting AG Whitaker is now taking the reins to bring this circus to a close
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) November 7, 2018
Firing Rod Rosenstein has nothing to do with Mueller. He should be removed for proposing secret wiretaps on @realDonaldTrump. He gave us cause and we should use it
— Dinesh D'Souza (@DineshDSouza) November 7, 2018
— Mike Cernovich 🇺🇸 (@Cernovich) November 7, 2018
With @realDonaldTrump naming DoJ Chief-of-Staff Acting Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein is NO LONGER in charge of Mueller’s clown show of a “Russia” investigation.
Tick Tock. pic.twitter.com/4k2UifwVBf
— Sebastian Gorka DrG (@SebGorka) November 7, 2018
Rod Rosenstein expected to be out in the next 48 hours OAN reports.
— Michael Moates 🇺🇸 (@freedom_moates) November 7, 2018
— Tammy Bruce (@HeyTammyBruce) November 7, 2018
Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein has just entered the White House for a 4 PM meeting.
— Ryan Fournier (@RyanAFournier) November 7, 2018
BREAKING / NBC NEWS: Trump says Matthew Whitaker, Chief of Staff to Sessions, will be taking over as Acting Attorney General which means he is now overseeing the probe being led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and not Rod Rosenstein. https://t.co/6FruHVvnTx
— Tom Winter (@Tom_Winter) November 7, 2018
Trump’s move may open the path to preventing any moves against him by holding investigations of his own over the heads of the Democrats. Remember, he told them that “two can play” at the investigation game. The Democrats have a lot of criminality that can be investigated and prosecuted, and they know it. They may not want to provoke Trump, and this move could be signaling that he’s dead serious.
Source: Washington Post
Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned on Wednesday at President Trump’s request, ending the tenure of a beleaguered loyalist whose relationship with the president was ruined when Sessions recused himself from control of the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign.
In a letter to Trump, Sessions wrote he had been “honored to serve as Attorney General” and had “worked to implement the law enforcement agenda based on the rule of law that formed a central part of your campaign for the presidency.” Trump tweeted that Sessions would be replaced on an acting basis by Matthew G. Whitaker, who had been serving as Sessions’s chief of staff.
“We thank Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his service, and wish him well!” Trump tweeted. “A permanent replacement will be nominated at a later date.”
A Justice Department official said Whitaker would assume authority over the special counsel probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election — though his role could be reviewed by ethics officials. Because Sessions was recused, the special counsel probe had been overseen by Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, who also has had strained relations with Trump, but is considered safe in his position for the moment. Rosenstein was headed to the White House Wednesday afternoon for what an official said was a pre-scheduled meeting.
Some conservatives want retiring Rep. Trey Gowdy to be nominated for Attorney General. I like Gowdy, but he blew a big hole in his credibility when former FBI Director James Comey announced that he couldn’t prosecute Hillary because there was no intent on her part. Gowdy should have read the relevant statutes and been able to state openly that intent was never part of the law and that Comey was blowing smoke. That was a big failure.
The DoJ after 18 months under Sessions still has not fully complied with document requests and subpoenas from Congress. It seems that beyond neutering himself via his recusal, he allowed the Deep State carryovers from the Obama administration to run the department according to its wishes, not those of the AG or President.
Sessions also doubled down on supporting civil asset forfeiture which is one of the biggest abuses of constitutional rights ever. By doing this, he enabled local law enforcement to circumvent state law and court decisions reining in or stopping this evil practice, in exchange for the DoJ getting a piece of the action. Shameful. Glad he is gone.
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