Ever since he first recused himself from overseeing the Russia investigation, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been high on the list of cabinet members President Donald Trump is reportedly unhappy with. Yet Trump hasn’t yet dumped Sessions and replaced him.
Instead of removing Sessions, it now looks as if the president and his Congressional allies will instead go after Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the man who directly oversees Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
But if Trump does indeed push Rosenstein out, he’d better be prepared for Sessions to resign, too, according to the Washington Post:
“Sessions recently told the White House he might have to leave his job if President Trump fired his deputy, Rod J. Rosenstein, who oversees the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, according to people familiar with the exchange.
“Sessions made his position known in a phone call to White House counsel Donald McGahn last weekend, as Trump’s fury at Rosenstein peaked after the deputy attorney general approved the FBI’s raid April 9 on the president’s personal attorney Michael Cohen.”
Sessions might not be the only DOJ official to leave in protest if Rosenstein is removed from his post. Others at the Justice Department are also reportedly concerned with the way Trump is meddling with the inner workings of the agency, which is supposed to be above politics and impartial in enforcing the laws of the United States.
But before you start to think that Sessions might be a man of principle, as ThinkProgress points out, the AG is worried about something else should Rosenstein be fired:
“Of course, Sessions is hardly a portrait of principled stances. Should he end up resigning, it won’t be over some moral objection to presidential overreach. Sessions repeatedly lied to Congress during his confirmation hearing.
“His possible resignation would likely have more to do with his complete lack of relevance should Trump move behind his back to fire Rosenstein.”
Indeed, if the president does dump Rosenstein, Sessions would probably realize that his days are also numbered. If he were to stay, he would be a completely emasculated figure head with no power or influence whatsoever. Then again, he may already be exactly that.
Here’s more on the story from MSNBC:
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