Jeff Sessions

Jeff Sessions’s “geographical advantage”

Featured image The first round of the Alabama Senate primary did not go well for Jeff Sessions. Few expected the former Senator to win a majority in the first round, given the crowded field. But Sessions didn’t even win a plurality. Former Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville outpolled Sessions, 33.4 to 31.6. On its face, this result suggested that the runoff race between Tuberville and Sessions would be a tossup. However, I »

Keeping an eye on the Alabama GOP Senate primary [with updates]

Featured image In addition, to following the Democrats’ Super-Tuesday, we will also be covering the race in Alabama for the right to knock off Democratic incumbent Doug Jones. This is a three-way contest featuring former Senator (and Attorney General) Jeff Sessions, Rep. Bradley Byrne, and former Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville. There are other candidates including Judge Roy Moore, but the three mentioned above are the true contenders. If no one gets »

Jeff Sessions may be headed for a runoff election. What will Trump do?

Featured image The day after tomorrow isn’t just the Democrats’ Super Tuesday. It’s also the day when Alabama Republicans will vote on whom to run for the Senate against the highly vulnerable incumbent Democrat, Doug Jones. Jeff Sessions is running for the Republican nomination. There hasn’t been much publicly reported polling about the race, but it appears that Sessions is well out in front. However, it also looks like he will fall »

Regarding Jeff Sessions: A reply to Scott Johnson

Featured image Scott got a lot off his chest in his post called “Jeff Sessions: The Open Questions,” a critique of my post called “It’s John Bolton’s turn.” That’s good. However, it will take more than one post for me to respond. This first post will focus on matters related to Jeff Sessions and what I take to be the demonizing of him. Scott opens by saying that demonizing anyone other than »

Jeff Sessions: The open questions

Featured image After Paul posted “It’s John Bolton’s turn,” I wrote to him to express my disagreement with the method and substance of his argument. Each of us speaks for himself on Power Line; Paul let me know that he has disagreed with me on occasion and let it ride without feeling compelled to take it up with me. If I wanted to pursue my disagreement with him, Paul encouraged me to »

Should Jeff Sessions have agreed to be Attorney General?

Featured image In a post I wrote last week about what I view as the demonization of John Bolton, I said that Bolton has plenty of company under the Trump bus. As an example, I cited Jeff Sessions, a conservative hero of longstanding who fell out of favor after he recused himself, for ethical reasons, from the Justice Department’s Russia investigation and his deputy appointed Robert Mueller to investigate on the DOJ’s »

The Senate needs Jeff Sessions

Featured image At Breitbart, our friend Garrett Murch, a former member of Jeff Sessions’s Senate staff, argues that “America needs Jeff Sessions.” I agree. The Senate, in particular, needs Sessions. Any conservative Republican from Alabama probably will vote the right way in the Senate most of the time. What makes Sessions stand out is his leadership in thwarting dubious legislation. Garrett presents two examples: the comprehensive immigration reform bill of 2013 and »

Trump says he won’t campaign against Sessions

Featured image President Trump said last week that he will not campaign against Jeff Sessions, who has entered the race for the Senate nomination in Alabama. Trump has never gotten over the fact that, as Attorney General, Sessions recused himself from the Justice Department’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election (the correct decision by Sessions, in my opinion). However, he has apparently decided not to work publicly to defeat »

Report: Sessions will run for the Senate

Featured image Jeff Sessions is expected to announce soon that he will run for the Senate seat he held until 2017. I doubt there is anyone more qualified for that job than Sessions. He served with distinction for 20 years. Few conservatives had any serious complaint about his performance in the Senate. Many complain that, as Attorney General, Sessions recused himself from the Russia investigation. I’m not one of them. I think »

Jeff Sessions, conservative hero

Featured image Ousted Attorney General Jeff Sessions has received an outpouring of praise from conservatives whose focus is public policy. I quoted some of that praise last night. There’s a lot more I could add, but instead I’ll confine myself to this article by Heather Mac Donald. She argues that by firing Sessions, President Trump has put key portions of his agenda at risk: Trump won the presidency by promising to restore »

Jeff Sessions, Liberal Hero? [with comment by Paul]

Featured image Two years ago, it would have been hard to find anyone the Left detested more than Senator Jeff Sessions. When Sessions was appointed Attorney General by President Trump, the Democrats outrageously smeared him by alleging, among other things, that he was a racist. That was a warm-up for their contemptible anti-Kavanaugh campaign. It is easy to see why liberals hated Sessions: in the Senate, he was a warrior for conservatism »

Irreconcilable differences

Featured image Jeff Sessions is out as Attorney General. His ouster was inevitable. He and President Trump have irreconcilable differences about the role of the AG. Sessions believes it’s the Attorney General’s job to enforce federal law; advance the president’s agenda on law enforcement, immigration, civil rights, etc.; and conduct himself ethically at all times. Trump believes it’s the Attorney General’s job to be his wingman. Trump wouldn’t have needed a wingman »

How will Trump handle Sessions’ departure?

Featured image It’s no secret that Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ days as Attorney General are numbered. The main questions are: (1) How will his exit be handled and (2) Who will replace him. I have no insight as to the second question. One hears names like Matthew Whitaker (a former U.S. Attorney — and University of Iowa football player — who currently is Sessions’ chief of staff); Alex Azar, the Secretary of »

For Trump, the buck stops elsewhere

Featured image Rod Rosenstein is under fire for suggesting — maybe seriously, maybe not — that President Trump be wiretapped. Regardless of whether the suggestion was made seriously, Trump should be outraged by it. And he is outraged. . .at Jeff Sessions. Fox News reports: President Trump appeared to blame Attorney General Jeff Sessions for the latest controversy surrounding Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein Sunday, saying that Sessions had “hired” Rosenstein to »

Papadopoulos court filing reminds us why Sessions needed to recuse himself

Featured image CNN reports that George Papadopoulos, convicted of lying to the FBI, is saying through his lawyer that Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions both “apparently supported” his proposal that Trump meet with Vladimir Putin during the 2016 campaign. According to papers filed by Papadopoulos’ legal team: While some in the room rebuffed George’s offer, Mr. Trump nodded with approval and deferred to Mr. Sessions who appeared to like the idea and »

In praise of Jeff Sessions

Featured image Catherine Rampell, a knee-jerk leftist columnist for the Washington Post, writes: “How on earth did Jeff Sessions — Jeff Sessions! — find himself abandoned by the right and embraced by the left?” (Emphasis in the original). Actually, the left isn’t really embracing Sessions (Rampell certainly doesn’t) and conservatives as a group aren’t really abandoning him. Hard-core Trumpians are very unhappy with Sessions, to be sure. And, as Rampell notes, some »

Another strange chapter in the Trump/Sessions saga

Featured image President Trump continued publicly to criticize Jeff Sessions, his Attorney General, yesterday. He tweeted: “Department of Justice will not be improperly influenced by political considerations.” Jeff, this is GREAT, what everyone wants, so look into all of the corruption on the “other side” including deleted Emails, Comey lies & leaks, Mueller conflicts, McCabe, Strzok, Page, Ohr. FISA abuse, Christopher Steele & his phony and corrupt Dossier, the Clinton Foundation, illegal »