Jeff Sessions

Career DOJ employees and an Obama appointee sank McCabe

Featured image The firing of Andrew McCabe has heads exploding among members of the anti-Trump resistance. No surprise there. However, at Lawfare, a resistance site, Quinta Jurecic and Benjamin Wittes say they are reserving judgment about the firing, and they caution others to do the same. “It is simply not clear at this stage whether or not the record will support his dismissal,” they say. They are right. It isn’t clear, and »

Who can investigate whom?

Featured image Pressure is mounting for the appointment of a special counsel to investigate how the FBI and the Justice Department handled interactions with the Trump campaign and the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Sens. Charles Grassley and Lindsey Graham say that although the inspector general is doing a good job with his investigation, he faces constraints. Thus, they want a special counsel. To the extent the inspector general »

Trump projects his vindictiveness and bad faith onto others

Featured image This week, U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel ruled against a legal challenge to the border wall. He ruled that the Trump administration has the authority to waive a host of environmental laws and other regulations in order to begin construction. Readers will recall that, during the course of litigation involving “Trump University,” Trump claimed that Curiel was biased against him because Curiel “happens to be, we believe, Mexican.” Curiel is »

Report: Mueller’s investigation takes a bizarre turn

Featured image The Washington Post reports that Robert Mueller is investigating President Trump’s “private comments and state of mind” during the period when he issued a series of tweets belittling Attorney General Jeff Sessions. According to the Post, the thrust of Mueller’s inquiry is to determine whether the president’s goal was to oust Sessions in order to pick a replacement who would exercise control over Mueller’s investigation. If this story is true, »

Grassley accuses Sessions of ingratitude for opposing jailbreak legislation

Featured image Sen. Chuck Grassley has blasted Attorney General Jeff Sessions for criticizing the lenient sentencing legislation Grassley and others are pushing in the Senate. The bill would would slash mandatory minimum sentences for many federal drug crimes and cause the release of many drug felons before they have served their full sentence. Grassley says he’s incensed, and has the right to be, because of what he has done for the Attorney »

A dog-whistle for the hysterical and unlettered

Featured image CNN reports that during his speech today to the National Sheriff’s Association, Attorney General Sessions said this: I want to thank every sheriff in America. Since our founding, the independently elected sheriff has been the people’s protector, who keeps law enforcement close to and accountable to people through the elected process. The office of sheriff is a critical part of the Anglo-American heritage of law enforcement. Outrage followed. Not from »

“Sessions tries to regain Trump’s favor”

Featured image That’s the top headline in today’s Washington Post (paper edition). I’m not sure why it’s newsworthy, though. Naturally, a Cabinet member wants to be in the good graces of his boss, the president. There’s no job security, and not much chance of being very effective, without the president’s favor. It would be newsworthy if a Cabinet member tried to curry favor by acting lawlessly. However, nowhere in the Post’s article »

DOJ interns treated to Q and A with Attorney General

Featured image Attorney General Sessions fielded questions today from interns at the Justice Department. Naturally, many of the questions had a left-wing slant, some aggressively so. As Sessions put it, “this is not a timid group.” Sessions fielded the questions with aplomb. He was combative at times, but maintained a friendly demeanor. He deserves credit for engaging in a spirited, candid dialogue with the interns. The best exchange, in my view, was »

Will AG Sessions Appoint Another Special Prosecutor? [with comment by Paul]

Featured image It looks like Attorney General Jeff Sessions may be taking my advice to appoint at least one more special prosecutor to go after the Democrats, including James Comey and Robert Mueller. More realistically, I suppose the advice comes from House Judiciary Committee Chairman Robert W. Goodlatte and a number of fellow House Republicans, who wrote a letter to President Trump in July urging such an investigation. You can read the »

There’s something about Al

Featured image As a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Minnesota Senator Al Franken was accorded time to question Attorney General Jeff Sessions during his regularly scheduled appearance before the committee yesterday. Riding his old hobby horse(s), Franken read a long statement implying that Sessions perjured himself in a colloquy with Franken during Sessions’s confirmation hearing. According to Franken, Sessions was lying when he denied having conversations with Russians. By Franken’s dim »

Justice Department to investigate Charlottesville violence. But why?

Featured image The Justice Department has launched a civil rights investigation into the violence that occurred in Charlottesville yesterday. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said: The violence and deaths in Charlottesville strike at the heart of American law and justice. When such actions arise from racial bigotry and hatred, they betray our core values and cannot be tolerated. I have talked with FBI Director Chris Wray, FBI agents on the scene, and law »

Trump praises Sessions

Featured image Normally it wouldn’t make news when a president touts the work of a cabinet member. As the old song goes, that’s the way I always heard it should be. But in the Trump administration, “dog bites man” can easily become “man bites dog.” Thus, it’s news that President Trump is praising Attorney General Sessions for cracking down on illegal leaks of classified information. Writing on (where else) Twitter, Trump declared: »

What would Sessions’ ouster mean for immigration?

Featured image President Trump’s latest attack on Jeff Sessions is perhaps his most stupid. Here is what Trump told the Wall Street Journal: When they say he endorsed me, I went to Alabama. I had 40,000 people. He was a senator from Alabama. I won the state by a lot, massive numbers. A lot of the states I won by massive numbers. But he was a senator, he looks at 40,000 people »

President Trump’s sickening treatment of Jeff Sessions

Featured image In America, we don’t persecute defeated party leaders. That’s the stuff of Robespierre, Stalin, and Mao. Even Donald Trump seemed to recognize this. In his better moments on the campaign trail, he responded to chants of “lock her up” with “defeat her.” After his election, Trump let it be known that he did not intend to prosecute Hillary Clinton. For his part, Attorney General Sessions has been focusing on the »

The beleaguering of Jeff Sessions

Featured image Last week President Trump complained on the record to New York Times White House reporters Peter Baker and Maggie Haberman about Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Trump expressed profound dissatisfaction with Sessions’s recusal from investigations related to the 2016 presidential campaign. Sessions’s recusal covers what is now the Special Counsel investigation under the direction of Robert Mueller. I read Trump’s remarks to be an (unsubtle) invitation to Sessions to resign. Trump »

Jeff Sessions and the Russian ambassador

Featured image A few days ago, the Washington Post reported that Attorney Jeff Sessions’ statements about what he discussed with the Russian ambassador are at odds with reports by the ambassador to his government about what he and Sessions discussed. However, as I argued here, there is no inconsistency between the statements of Sessions quoted by the Post and the Russian ambassador’s alleged description of his talks with Sessions. The Sessions statements »

The Washington Post swings and misses at Jeff Sessions

Featured image The Washington Post claims that Attorney General Sessions’ statements about what he discussed with the Russian ambassador are at odds with reports by the ambassador to his government about what he and Sessions discussed. The Post relies on, you guessed it, “current and former U.S. officials.” But the Post fails to describe a contradiction between what Sessions has said and what the Russian ambassador supposedly reported. Here are the only »