The Washington DC political grapevine is a buzz with rumors that the republican President Donald Trump has been disparaging his appointed Attorney General Jeff Sessions in attempt to make him resign. So far, Mr. Sessions has been refusing to take the bait and his stance is being backed by his fellow senators and right wing pundits.
It is a well known fact that the president is strongly motivated to fire the FBI Special Counsel Robert Mueller who is leading the Trump-Russian probe, in order to curtail this investigation. But the president can’t fire Mr. Mueller, himself. Normally the president could order his attorney general to do the honors, but in this case, Mr. Sessions has been barred from taking this step because he decided to recuse himself from any involvement in the Trump-Russian inquiry, due to his prior role in the president’s campaign. But if Mr. Sessions were to quit, then it is possible for the president to find a replacement when the US Congress is in recess, without the appointee having to undergo the Senate’s confirmation process, and then this official could fire the president’s nemesis, Mr. Mueller.
It seems that the US Senate is taking steps to block the president from making any recess appointments. Here is the rest of the story…
On July 25, 2017, Ted Barrett of CNN penned the following report, “Senate won’t let Trump make recess appointments.”
“Senators are planning to continue procedural moves to prevent the Senate from formally adjourning for recess next month in order to prevent President Donald Trump from making recess appointments, when the chamber eventually adjourns through the Labor Day weekend.”
“The maneuver started when George W. Bush was President and Democrat Harry Reid was the Senate majority leader, then continued under Barack Obama.”