Attorney General Jeff Sessions Stands Up To President Trump’s Diatribes Against Him

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The republican President Donald Trump has been long at odds with his Attorney General Jeff Sessions for Mr. Sessions having dared to recuse himself from anything having to do with the FBI’s Trump-Russia probe being led by the Special Counsel Robert Mueller III because of his heavy participation in the president’s campaign in 2016.

President Trump has continued to suffer under the illusion that his attorney general is there to protect him from criminal liability versus representing an independent judiciary system.

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On August 23, 2018, Devlin Barrett, John Wagner and Seung Sin Kim of the Washington Post penned the following report, “Trump and Sessions feud over the direction of the Justice Department”


“President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions engaged in a public war of words Thursday (8/23/18)— more fallout over the Justice Department securing a guilty plea this week from Trump’s former lawyer and a guilty verdict against his former campaign chairman.”

“The spectacle of the chief executive feuding with the nation’s top law enforcement officer marked the latest argument in the long-soured relationship between the two.”

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“Trump, speaking to Fox News Channel, said that Sessions “never took control of the Justice Department” and again faulted him for recusing himself from the ongoing investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign. “What kind of man is this?” the president asked.”

“Sessions pushed back hours after Trump spoke, saying the Justice Department will not be “improperly influenced by political considerations.”

“I took control of the Department of Justice the day I was sworn in, which is why we have had unprecedented success at effectuating the President’s agenda — one that protects the safety and security and rights of the American people, reduces violent crime, enforces our immigration laws, promotes economic growth, and advances religious liberty,” Sessions said in a statement.”

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“Trump also decried the practice of people caught committing crimes offering evidence against others (the flippers) for reduced prison sentences.”

“It’s called flipping, and it almost ought to be illegal,” the president said. “They just make up lies, I’ve seen it many times.”

“Trump said he respects Paul Manafort, his former campaign chairman, who went to trial rather than cooperate. Manafort was convicted Tuesday, the same day Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to eight charges, including that he violated campaign finance law at the direction of then-candidate Trump.”

“Cohen has not entered into a cooperation agreement with prosecutors, but his lawyer has signaled that he could provide evidence to prosecutors.”


“Trump also lambasted Sessions for running a department that he said is dominated by Democrats and unwilling to prosecute Democratic corruption.”

“The back-and-forth marked the latest chapter in a long-running drama surrounding Sessions’s job security, but on Thursday, for the first time, some of his support among Republicans appeared to weaken, as two leading GOP senators suggested that he could be replaced in the fall.”

“Sessions became attorney general in February 2017, and recused himself from the Russia inquiry less than a month later. Because Sessions is recused, the investigation, led by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, is overseen by Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein. If Sessions left the Justice Department and the Senate confirmed a new attorney general, that person probably would take control of the Russia inquiry.”


“Sessions, a Republican former senator from Alabama, was among the earliest and most high-profile supporters of Trump during a GOP primary campaign.”

“You know, the only reason I gave him the job is because I felt loyalty,” Trump said on Fox News. “He was an original supporter.”

“Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) told reporters that he thinks it’s “very likely” that Trump will replace Sessions but said it would be unwise for him to do so before the November midterm elections.”

“The president’s entitled to an attorney general he has faith in, somebody that’s qualified for the job, and I think there will come a time, sooner rather than later, where it will be time to have a new face and a fresh voice at the Department of Justice,” Graham said. “Clearly, Attorney General Sessions doesn’t have the confidence of the president.”

“Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) said Thursday that he could find time to hold hearings on a new nominee later this year after the Senate votes on Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh.”

“That was a change in posture from a year ago, when Grassley made clear to the White House that he wouldn’t have time to hold hearings on a possible replacement for attorney general. Grassley said he was not advocating for a change at the Justice Department but simply responding to questions about timing.”

“I’m just very generically telling people that I’ve got time for hearings this fall,” he told The Washington Post.

“Asked whether he still has confidence in Sessions, Grassley said: “Let’s put it this way, he’s a good friend.”


“Those lawmakers’ statements were noteworthy because for more than a year, Senate Republicans have sought to shield Sessions as he absorbed blistering public and private criticism from the president.”

“At times, when Trump seemed most eager to remove the attorney general, Sessions’s well of support in Congress was an important factor in persuading the president not to do so, according to people familiar with the matter who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss White House deliberations.”

“Part of the disenchantment stems from a growing rift between Grassley and Sessions over Grassley’s legislation to change criminal justice policy.”

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“Sessions, whose views on law enforcement are shaped largely by 1980s-era mandatory-minimum sentences and harsh penalties for drug dealers, came out against the measure earlier this year, saying it “risks putting the very worst criminals back into our communities.”

“Grassley has been willing to work with Democrats on legislation that would reduce prison sentences for some nonviolent drug offenders. He was furious that Sessions opposed his bill, one of his biggest legislative priorities, complaining that he had worked hard to get Sessions confirmed as attorney general.”

“It’s Grassley’s bill, and when the attorney general said he wouldn’t support it, Grassley said that was disloyal,” said a person close to Sessions. “But this isn’t a quid pro quo thing, and the attorney general isn’t going to be blackmailed.”

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Other Republicans made clear that they are still in Sessions’s corner.

Sen. John Cornyn (Tex.), the No. 2 Republican in the chamber, told reporters that it would be difficult to confirm another attorney general in the fall. He did not specify whether he was talking about before or after the midterm elections.

“We don’t have time, nor is there a likely candidate who could get confirmed, in my view, under these current circumstances,” Cornyn said. “I think it would be good for the attorney general and the president to try to work out their differences.”

“I know this is a difficult position for [Sessions] to be in, but I think it would be bad for the country, it would be bad for the president, it would be bad for the Department of Justice for him to be forced out under these circumstances. I hope he stays the course, and I hope cooler heads prevail,” Cornyn added.”

Link to entire report: Trump and Sessions feud over the direction of the Justice Department 

See: [Trump sought advice on possibility of pardoning Manafort]


  1. Gday mate, previously on a post of yours I described the person J. Sessions as “an evil little prick”. Well, now it seems he is on his own little road to Damascus, and possibly will define a better person than he has ever been by playing a crucial role in helping to maintain dignity and honesty to American Politics and Law.
    He will need to do much more than this. Hugs mate.

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    • Dear Gary J.,

      Your prior description of the president’s Attorney General Jeff Sessions is very apropos. Here’s the deal. Because of political rules, the firing of his Attorney General Jeff Sessions at this point would allow the president to set up the firing of the guy in charge of the FBI’s Trump-Russia investigation, Special Counsel Mueller.

      If it were not for this fly in the ointment, I would love to see Mr. Sessions leave the White House scene as I disagree with him on just about everything.

      President Trump has been targeting his ire against his attorney general for months in an attempt to get rid of him but he has been blocked from acting on this impulse because there are those trying to protect Mr. Mueller from being fired, as well.

      Hugs, Gronda

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  2. Dear Suzanne,

    When one looks at those pictures, one does not feel the love. The president just doesn’t get that the White House is not supposed to be managed like a Mafia operation. He cannot dictate his Attorney General to act like his personal fixer.

    Hugs, Gronda


  3. This is further evidence that the President seems to care more about protection of himself than policy. In terms of policy, Sessions has been great for Trump (though destructive for many marginalized people). But he hasn’t adequately protected his boss, hence he has been getting Trump’s wrath.

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    • Dear Brendan Birth,

      If Democrats were to gain enough seats in the US Congress to where they could block any replacement nomination to be the next US Attorney General, then the AG Sessions couldn’t exit the stage fast enough for me.

      I despise his policies but for now, I want the FBI’S Trump-Russia probe and its Special Counsel Robert Mueller III, protected.

      What bothers me is that there are now two senators signaling to the president that he could take this step.

      I hope that Senator McCain is returning to the US Senate soon, so that he can sit on these fools.

      Hugs, Gronda

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      • Depends on which Dems get elected and how thin the margin is though. There are a few Democratic senators willing to cross party lines and support even some more contentious appointees. Now I don’t like Sessions, but wouldn’t feel comfortable with a razor-thin Dem majority trying to handle a Trump appointment.

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  4. Gronda, as we have discussed Jeff Sessions is not a gem, but he has done well to try and be above board with the Russia investigation. The dilemma he faces is his boss thinks all of the government resources belong to him and should genuflect to him. What is lost on the boss is these folks swore an oath to the constitution.

    What remains a great mystery to me is why Trump’s followers do not see what is obvious – the loyalty in the Trump equation is a one way affair. He will turn on anyone who does not acquiesce to his wants. That is one of things Thomas Wells (an attorney who worked for Trump for years) said about Trump – you will not be on his good side for long.

    The list of people that Trump has left bleeding on the side of the road is quite long. Keith

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    • Dear Keith,

      What his followers have yet to face is that the president is running the White House like a criminal enterprise where he demands 100% loyalty from his lieutenants only and they are granted their positions with the number one priority of protecting his backside.

      People in the real world are normally uncomfortable working under these rules.

      Hugs, Gronda

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  5. Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III is a good old boy from Alabama and as racist as they come. He lied and beat around the bush to avoid lying to the Intel Committee. Seems he is taking the high road for once. I hope he continues to stand up to this unhinged president who want a Dept. of Justice whose main responsibility is to protect him from his enemies and fr-enemies. The Alternative to Jeff is not good, hang in there Beau.

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    • Dear Holly,

      I consider the Attorney General Jeff Sessions to be a racist, a Xenophobe, wrong on his policies on how to effectively address crime in the USA, and definitely not someone, I would want as the US attorney General.

      His lying at the Senate confirmation process regarding Russia and his having been a key player in the presidential campaign, made him have to recuse himself from the FBI’s Trump-Russia probe. These are facts that the president or those advising him, should have been able to predict.

      You are right on the money! I suffer no illusion that the president would select a replacement for Mr. Sessions, anyone who would be better choice.

      Hugs, Gronda

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