On the evening of 5/11/17, I was watching the beginning portion of the MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell TV Show where Rachel Maddow was detailing how she had contacted the offices of the US attorney General Jeff Sessions to ask whether he still intended to continue to recuse himself from the DOJ’s office’s inquiries regarding the Trump/ Russia saga? Ms. Maddow said that no matter how she asked this question, she could not get a direct yes or no answer.
I think I have figured out why the staff of the US attorney general offices were so evasive.
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As of sometime on 5/11/17, the White House’s talking points were still along the lines, that the president was forced to act in response to a critical memo about the FBI Director Comey, penned by the Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and the recommendation to fire the FBI director by the US Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
But when Mr. Rosenstein threatened to quit because he was distressed to find out that he was being tagged as the villain who had the FBI director fired, the White House’s story line changed to, the president is the one who decided on Monday 5/8/17 to dismiss Director Comey. He just ordered Mr. Sessions and Mr. Rosenstein to provide written documentation supporting his firing of Mr. Comey.
Mostly democrats and a few republicans have criticized the timing of Director Comey’s firing, because of the ongoing Trump/ Russian investigation. But the president’s administration officials said the decision had nothing to do with Russia.
But wait, that narrative has been rewritten. The most current explanation by the president regarding his firing of the FBI Director James Comey on 5/9/17 goes something like this, the FBI’s Russian investigation was taking way too long to where it was time to cut it short.
The follow up question is then, why didn’t the US Attorney General Jeff Sessions recuse himself from the decision making process having to do with the firing of the FBI director?
Remember that the current Attorney General Jeff Sessions had publicly decided to recuse himself from investigations having anything to do with the DOJ’s probe into Russia’s intervening in US politics when it became known that he did not come clean about his meetings with Russian officials while he was a part of the president’s campaign team during his confirmation hearings.
So, it looks like the US Attorney General Sessions has reneged on his commitment to the American peoples to recuse himself from having anything to do with the DOJ’s probe into the Trump/ Russia saga.