Fire Jeff Session

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Greg Jarrett thinks Jeff Sessions should resign. I do, too.

I felt like the lone voice on the right last week when I wrote “Counseling Sessions.” It feels great to have Greg Jarrett agree: Jeff Sessions should resign.

As Jarrett puts it:

Sessions appears either incapable or incompetent.  He has resisted producing the documents relevant to the anti-Trump dossier which were subpoenaed by the House Intelligence Committee.  He has failed to appoint a special counsel to reopen the case against Hillary Clinton for likely violations of the Espionage Act in the use of her email server, obstruction of justice for destroying 33,000 emails under congressional subpoena, and potential self-dealing for profit through her foundation.  The evidence is compelling.

Before that, Jarrett pointed out a character flaw in Jeff Session—a character flaw I had overlooked.

Jeff Sessions should never have accepted the position of Attorney General of the United States.  His leadership has proven unproductive and ineffectual.

There are two reasons for this.

First, he deceived President Trump by concealing his intent to recuse himself from the federal investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election.  Hours after he was sworn in, Sessions began setting his recusal in motion by meeting with Department of Justice officials to discuss stepping aside from the probe.  Failing to disclose such a material matter to the president was an egregious betrayal.

Not only is Sessions incompetent and low energy, he’s also deceptive. He’s also disloyal, working at cross-purposes to the president who appointed him.

When Trump tweeted criticisms of Sessions earlier this year, conservatives howled and demanded Trump back off. Conservatives were wrong to do so.

Conservatives were wrong to defend Jeff Sessions. Conservatives put their faith in the wrong man.

Jeff Sessions is a failed attorney general. His credibility and his honesty are in tatters. His Department of Justice is only slightly improved over Loretta Lynch’s. Few people would notice if Sessions stopped showing up for work altogether.

My disgust with Sessions magnified when we learned about the wiretap of Trump Tower. James Comey committed perjury over this issue. Jeff Sessions has known Comey committed perjury at least as long as Trump has known. Yet Sessions has done nothing.

Is Sessions protecting Comey, or is Jeff Session incompetent? Completely incompetent?

Greg Jarrett wants Session to fix a few of his errors, then resign. I would be happy if Trump fired Sessions tomorrow.

Counselling Sessions

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Eight months into the Trump Administration, one cabinet appointment stands out as a flop: Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

We all had a lot of hope. Back in January. Hope.

Hope for the Trump administration. Hope for American greatness. And hope for justice. If you’re a Tea Partier, you had a lot of hope.

Jeff Sessions looked like the ultimate pick for Attorney General. Conservatives berated Mitch McConnell to accelerate Sessions’ confirmation by the Senate. Conservatives threatened to break with Trump when the president attacked Sessions on Twitter.

And yet . . .

And yet, Attorney General Sessions has done almost nothing since taking office. Not only has Sessions failed to advance the Trump agenda, he has confirmed two of the Obama administration’s greatest injustices:

  • Sessions refused to investigate the criminal IRS manager Lois Lerner, the woman at the center of the IRS’s attack on conservative and Tea Party groups
  • Sessions allowed the FBI and DOJ to withhold evidence of wrongdoing by James Comey in the Hillary email investigation

Plus, Sessions recused himself from the Russian witch without good cause. Sessions just wanted to appease the press. Like a typical, weak Republican Congressman.

Maybe Trump was right and we were wrong. Sure, Jeff Sessions’ heart and head are in the right place. But after decades in Washington, Sessions appears to be another establishment guy. A cheap, empty Republican suit who recites Cato the Younger but behaves like an Army private with battle fatigue.

Americans elected Trump hoping for justice. We thought Sessions was the perfect leader for the Department of Justice. But Sessions looks more and more like another Republican establishment swamp swimmer.

Perhaps Sessions will man up and do his job. But eight months in, I’ve lost most of my respect for Jeff Sessions. And most of my hope for justice in the Trump administration.