Transcript of President Trump Wednesday Interview With New York Times…

President Trump gave an in interesting interview to three New York Times reporters,  Peter Baker, Michael S. Schmidt and Maggie Haberman, on Wednesday.   President Trump’s assistant Ms. Hope Hicks also sat in on the interview.

It is interesting President Trump allowed/chose Michael Schmidt as one of the interviewers in that Schmidt is the primary recipient of leaks provided by fired FBI Director James Comey.   Michael Schmidt is the primary contact source for Comey’s allies within the FBI when they decide to leak information intended to damage the office of the President.

The New York Times article is HERE.

The following are excerpts from that conversation, transcribed by The Times. It has been lightly edited for content and clarity, and omits several off-the-record comments and asides. Additional excerpts will be added as they are compiled.

(Transcript – Via New York Times) TRUMP: Look, [Attorney General Jeff] Sessions gets the job. Right after he gets the job, he recuses himself.

BAKER: Was that a mistake?

TRUMP: Well, Sessions should have never recused himself, and if he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me before he took the job, and I would have picked somebody else.

HABERMAN: He gave you no heads up at all, in any sense?

TRUMP: Zero. So Jeff Sessions takes the job, gets into the job, recuses himself. I then have — which, frankly, I think is very unfair to the president. How do you take a job and then recuse yourself? If he would have recused himself before the job, I would have said, “Thanks, Jeff, but I can’t, you know, I’m not going to take you.” It’s extremely unfair, and that’s a mild word, to the president. So he recuses himself. I then end up with a second man, who’s a deputy.

HABERMAN: [Rod J.] Rosenstein.

TRUMP: Who is he? And Jeff hardly knew. He’s from Baltimore.

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TRUMP: Yeah, what Jeff Sessions did was he recused himself right after, right after he became attorney general. And I said, “Why didn’t you tell me this before?” I would have — then I said, “Who’s your deputy?” So his deputy he hardly knew, and that’s Rosenstein, Rod Rosenstein, who is from Baltimore. There are very few Republicans in Baltimore, if any. So, he’s from Baltimore. Now, he, we went through a lot of things. We were interviewing replacements at the F.B.I. Did you know [Robert] Mueller was one of the people that was being interviewed?

HABERMAN: I did, actually.

TRUMP: He was sitting in that chair. We had a wonderful meeting.

HABERMAN: Day before, right?

SCHMIDT: Did he want the job?

TRUMP: The day before! Of course, he was up here, and he wanted the job.

HABERMAN: And he made that clear to you? He would have——

________

TRUMP: So, now what happens is, he leaves the office. Rosenstein leaves the office. The next day, he is appointed special counsel. I said, what the hell is this all about? Talk about conflicts? But he was interviewing for the job. There were many other conflicts that I haven’t said, but I will at some point. So Jeff Sessions, Jeff Sessions gave some bad answers.

HABERMAN: You mean at the hearing?

TRUMP: Yeah, he gave some answers that were simple questions and should have been simple answers, but they weren’t. He then becomes attorney general, and he then announces he’s going to recuse himself. Why wouldn’t he have told me that before?

HABERMAN: Why do you think it was? What do you think it was?

TRUMP: I don’t know.

BAKER: What would cause you — what would be the line beyond which if Mueller went, you would say, “That’s too far, we would need to dismiss him”?

TRUMP: Look, there are so many conflicts that everybody has. Then Rosenstein becomes extremely angry because of [James B.] Comey’s Wednesday press conference, where he said that he would do the same thing he did a year ago with Hillary Clinton, and Rosenstein became extremely angry at that because, as a prosecutor, he knows that Comey did the wrong thing. Totally wrong thing. And he gives me a letter, O.K., he gives me a letter about Comey. And by the way, that was a tough letter, O.K. Now, perhaps I would have fired Comey anyway, and it certainly didn’t hurt to have the letter, O.K. But he gives me a very strong letter, and now he’s involved in the case. Well, that’s a conflict of interest. Do you know how many conflicts of interests there are? But then, then Comey also says that he did something in order to get the special prose— special counsel. He leaked. The reason he leaked. So, he illegally leaked.

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TRUMP: So think of this. Mike. He illegally leaks, and everyone thinks it is illegal, and by the way, it looks like it’s classified and all that stuff. So he got — not a smart guy — he got tricked into that, because they didn’t even ask him that question. They asked him another question, O.K.?
________

TRUMP: He said I said “hope” — “I hope you can treat Flynn good” or something like that. I didn’t say anything.

But even if he did — like I said at the news conference on the, you know, Rose Garden — even if I did, that’s not — other people go a step further. I could have ended that whole thing just by saying — they say it can’t be obstruction because you can say: “It’s ended. It’s over. Period.”

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TRUMP: And nothing was changed other than Richard Nixon came along. And when Nixon came along [inaudible] was pretty brutal, and out of courtesy, the F.B.I. started reporting to the Department of Justice. But there was nothing official, there was nothing from Congress. There was nothing — anything. But the F.B.I. person really reports directly to the president of the United States, which is interesting. You know, which is interesting. And I think we’re going to have a great new F.B.I. director.

HABERMAN: Chris Wray.

TRUMP: He’s highly thought of by everybody. I think I did the country a great service with respect to Comey.

BAKER: Did you shoo other people out of the room when you talked to Comey?

TRUMP: No, no.

BAKER: That time [inaudible] [Michael T.] Flynn —

TRUMP: No. That was the other thing. I told people to get out of the room. Why would I do that?

SCHMIDT: Did you actually have a one-on-one with Comey then?

TRUMP: Not much. Not even that I remember. He was sitting, and I don’t remember even talking to him about any of this stuff. He said I asked people to go. Look, you look at his testimony. His testimony is loaded up with lies, O.K.? But people didn’t — we had a couple people that said —

ARABELLA KUSHNER: [enters room] Hi, Grandpa.

TRUMP: My granddaughter Arabella, who speaks — say hello to them in Chinese.

KUSHNER: Ni hao.

[laughter]

TRUMP: This is Ivanka. You know Ivanka.

IVANKA TRUMP: [from doorway] Hi, how are you? See you later, just wanted to come say hi.

TRUMP: She’s great. She speaks fluent Chinese. She’s amazing.

BAKER: That’s very impressive.

TRUMP: She spoke with President Xi [Jinping of China]. Honey? Can you say a few words in Chinese? Say, like, “I love you, Grandpa” —

KUSHNER: Wo ai ni, Grandpa.

BAKER: That’s great.

TRUMP: She’s unbelievable, huh?

[crosstalk]

TRUMP: Good, smart genes.

[laughter]

TRUMP: So the bottom line is this. The country’s doing well. We are, we are moving forward with a lot of great things. The unemployment is the lowest it’s been in 16 years. The stock market is the highest it’s ever been. It’s up almost 20 percent since I took office. And we’re working hard on health care. Um, the Russian investigation — it’s not an investigation, it’s not on me — you know, they’re looking at a lot of things.

HABERMAN: It’s a broad —

TRUMP: They’re looking at a big picture.

BAKER: This is why I want to come back to that email, because, like — does it concern you? Let’s say that the election didn’t change because of anything Russia did, which has been your point, right? You point —

TRUMP: By the way, it’s everybody.

BAKER: Right, your point is that Democrats are trying to use this as an excuse, fine. But did that email concern you, that the Russian government was trying something to compromise——

TRUMP: You know, Peter, I didn’t look into it very closely, to be honest with you.

BAKER: O.K.

TRUMP: I just heard there was an email requesting a meeting or something — yeah, requesting a meeting. That they have information on Hillary Clinton, and I said — I mean, this was standard political stuff.

SCHMIDT: Did you know at the time that they had the meeting?

TRUMP: No, I didn’t know anything about the meeting.

SCHMIDT: But you didn’t——

TRUMP: It must have been a very important — must have been a very unimportant meeting, because I never even heard about it.

HABERMAN: No one told you a word, nothing? I know we talked about this on the plane a little bit.

TRUMP: No, nobody told me. I didn’t know noth—— It’s a very unimportant — sounded like a very unimportant meeting.

BAKER: But on the date you clinched the nominations with New Jersey and California and the primaries, when you give the speech that night, saying you’re going to give a speech about Hillary Clinton’s corrupt dealings with Russia and other countries, and that comes just three hours after Don Jr. —

TRUMP: Number one, remember, I made many of those speeches.

BAKER: People wondered about the timing.

TRUMP: Many of those speeches. I’d go after her all the time.

BAKER: Yeah, I know, but——

TRUMP: But there was something about the book, “Clinton Cash,” came out.

BAKER: Yeah, a year earlier, though. But you were talking about——

TRUMP: But we were developing a whole thing. There was something about “Clinton Cash.”

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TRUMP: Peter, that’s all I did, was make those speeches about her. … I don’t think I added anything much different than I had been doing. … I’ve made some very strong speeches about the corrupt emails. The 33,000 emails being deleted and bleached, and all of the things she was doing. I would make those speeches routinely. … There wasn’t much I could say about Hillary Clinton that was worse than what I was already saying.

HABERMAN: [laughs] I’m sorry.

TRUMP: I mean, I was talking about, she deleted and bleached, which nobody does because of the cost. How she got away with that one, I have no idea. 33,000 emails. I talked about the back of the plane, I talked about the uranium deal, I talked about the speech that Russia gave Clinton — $500,000 while she was secretary of state — the husband. I talked about the back of the plane — honestly, Peter, I mean, unless somebody said that she shot somebody in the back, there wasn’t much I could add to my repertoire.

HABERMAN: On Fifth Avenue——

TRUMP: I mean, look at what we have now. We have a director of the F.B.I., acting, who received $700,000, whose wife received $700,000 from, essentially, Hillary Clinton. ’Cause it was through Terry. Which is Hillary Clinton.

HABERMAN: This is [Andrew] McCabe’s wife, you mean?

TRUMP: McCabe’s wife. She got $700,000, and he’s at the F.B.I. I mean, how do you think that? But when you say that — and think about this for a second. I don’t think — you could give me a whole string of new information. I don’t think I could really have — there’s only so much. You know, you can only say many things. After that it gets boring, O.K.? How can it be better than deleting emails after you get a subpoena from the United States Congress? Guys go to jail for that, when they delete an email from a civil case. Here, she gets an email from the United States Congress —

________

BAKER: Should she be prosecuted now?

TRUMP: What?

BAKER: Should she be prosecuted now? Why, then, should she not be prosecuted now——

TRUMP: I don’t want to say that. I mean, I don’t want to say.

SCHMIDT: Last thing.

TRUMP: You understand what I mean, Peter.

BAKER: I know.

TRUMP: I mean, supposing they were able to give me additional — it wouldn’t have helped me. I had so much stuff——

SCHMIDT: Last thing, if Mueller——

TRUMP: And I couldn’t have been better than the stuff I had. Obviously, because I won.

SCHMIDT: Last thing, if Mueller was looking at your finances and your family finances, unrelated to Russia — is that a red line?

HABERMAN: Would that be a breach of what his actual charge is?

TRUMP: I would say yeah. I would say yes. By the way, I would say, I don’t — I don’t — I mean, it’s possible there’s a condo or something, so, you know, I sell a lot of condo units, and somebody from Russia buys a condo, who knows? I don’t make money from Russia. In fact, I put out a letter saying that I don’t make — from one of the most highly respected law firms, accounting firms. I don’t have buildings in Russia. They said I own buildings in Russia. I don’t. They said I made money from Russia. I don’t. It’s not my thing. I don’t, I don’t do that. Over the years, I’ve looked at maybe doing a deal in Russia, but I never did one. Other than I held the Miss Universe pageant there eight, nine years [crosstalk].

SCHMIDT: But if he was outside that lane, would that mean he’d have to go?

[crosstalk]

HABERMAN: Would you consider——

TRUMP: No, I think that’s a violation. Look, this is about Russia. So I think if he wants to go, my finances are extremely good, my company is an unbelievably successful company. And actually, when I do my filings, peoples say, “Man.” People have no idea how successful this is. It’s a great company. But I don’t even think about the company anymore. I think about this. ’Cause one thing, when you do this, companies seem very trivial. O.K.? I really mean that. They seem very trivial. But I have no income from Russia. I don’t do business with Russia. The gentleman that you mentioned, with his son, two nice people. But basically, they brought the Miss Universe pageant to Russia to open up, you know, one of their jobs. Perhaps the convention center where it was held. It was a nice evening, and I left. I left, you know, I left Moscow. It wasn’t Moscow, it was outside of Moscow.

HABERMAN: Would you fire Mueller if he went outside of certain parameters of what his charge is? [crosstalk]

SCHMIDT: What would you do?

[crosstalk]

TRUMP: I can’t, I can’t answer that question because I don’t think it’s going to happen.

(New York Times Link)

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856 Responses to Transcript of President Trump Wednesday Interview With New York Times…

  1. justme928 says:

    All very interesting comments and as usually, an interesting read by Sundance. That said, I no longer clutch my pearls, because my faith in President Trump is strong. Mission impossible began with a ride down the escalator. We’ve come a long way and I hope everyone continues to enjoy the ride/fight. #MAGA

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    • Alison says:

      I’m with you, Justme. Pearl clutching & backward looking handwringing get us nowhere (especially when all the handwringers offer nothing but Christie/Guliani as their rebuttal).

      Many excellent, reasoned comments above. Sessions was earliest, steadfast, very public Trump supporter. Trump would NEVER dump him by going to the NYT.

      If it hadn’t been Russia Russia, it would have been something else to necessitate a special prosecutor on Trump or for the Congressional Uniparty to vex over. How has this hurt Trump? So what if that drags on? They have nothing. Not a single Trump supporter has/will drop him over Russia. Not a single charge will be brought.

      Weighed against what will be accomplished in jobs, deportations, Supreme Court nominations, ousting ISIS & other terror threats, and international trade negotiations, this Deep State Russia Russia crap is nothing.

      No matter how many times the same harpies crop up to bash Sessions, it doesn’t change the trajectory of Trump’s accomplishments.

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    • vfm#7634 says:

      Trump has a personality type that enjoys fights. We should be thankful for that.

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      • I had a State Senator like that – the rare Republican who fought for conservative principles and could NOT be silenced! He was a hard-charging, hard-working cheerful guy. The Dems got so tired of him, they stripped him of his chairmanships, and then threw everything they had against him in is reelection campaign, including the only decent Democrat that I knew of in the state. Nothing stuck. Our guy won!

        I will say though that his speech patterns were as disjointed as our beloved President’s are. It’s a personality type – speech is stream of consciousness, very hard to get a decent quote or a coherent statement about a position. My state senator NEVER voted wrong, though! It’s a different kind of thinking than mine that got him to those votes. He was a very successful businessman and farmer, able to deal with zillions of details at once. He finally decided to step down.

        Are other politicians like that? I’m guessing not, since most are lawyers, trained in straight-line and rational thinking.

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  2. starshollow88 says:

    President Trump is pretty angry at Sessions (the audio of this interview makes that even more apparent). It’s been coming for some months but has possibly reached it’s peak? I’ve tried to discuss it and other rumors President Trump is not happy with Sessions but usually get attacked whenever I mention it here. I’d be surprised if Sessions doesn’t resign soon.

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    • Howie says:

      The fact is that his vast recusal includes speaking and communicating with President Trump about anything related to the campaigns in any way. Pathetic.

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    • georgiafl says:

      You DO NOT get attacked or bashed or slammed here – you have merely gotten disagreed with.

      No one calls you names nor attacks your intelligence or character.

      We have defended Sessions, and I for one, will continue to do so.

      There is a big difference in disagreement and attacking.

      Sessions is doing a fantastic job at the DOJ. Especially considering the swamp of leftist lawyers Holder and Lynch left behind. Sally Quillian Yates is mild compared with some of these hard core leftist SJW activist lawyers.

      Thousands have been arrested, Mexican gang members, drug dealers, pedophile perverts, medicaid fraud and more.

      I’ll be very disappointed if President Trump causes Sessions to resign.

      Very disappointed because it will diminish his Presidency and put the focus even more on Russia.

      As for this interview:

      When was this interview recorded?

      What else was contained in it and how much editing was done?

      What motives can President Trump have had for opening up his feelings about Sessions and the inner workings of his administration to the likes of Maggie Haberman and the NYT?

      Frankly, it is shocking that he would do so.

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      • G. Combs says:

        Frankly, it is shocking that he would do so….

        Trump does nothing without a plan and I very much doubt that plan is aimed at Jeff Sessions.

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        • Victor Adam Smith says:

          Touche!
          Agreed 100%.
          Trump’s got something up.

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        • Bamalaker says:

          This! 1000x’s this!!!

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        • kiskiminetas says:

          G. C. my thought all along. The man has purpose behind what he says to the opposition and the public in general. It is the process of keeping his intents disguised until the proper time to unveil them. Now when that happens to those who oppose him, whom think they have got him in a corner, once again find they are holding an empty bag.

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      • starshollow88 says:

        Please relax and chill out. This is almost exactly what I mean, no need to jump on people and become so triggered. It’s not your place to say I’ve not gotten attacked, because I have and not just one time sadly. It was not just disagreements so please don’t spread falsehoods. We come here to discuss and of course disagree but not attack. Hopefully we can discuss on this great site and support the President without some becoming so aggressive and shutting people down like what happens in other places.

        I recommend you read into the NYT interview that was posted, there is audio as well. It’s your right to be disappointed if Sessions resigns, I myself am sad with the entire situation because I like Sessions but I don’t know if he’s a good fit for AG after the recusal and other issues. And no one is saying he’s not doing anything. I’m personally Trump>Sessions. The President must have his reasons to be upset with Sessions and I can think of a few big ones, likely more we don’t know about. I trust Trump.

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        • georgiafl says:

          Not jumping, not triggered.
          I am not spreading falsehoods and I resent your accusation.
          Do not presume to know my mindset.

          I did read the transcript, but did not listen.

          I have considered my words carefully.

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          • faridrushdi says:

            First, I love the website. Second, people indeed ARE attacked for their views. My first post a year and a half ago mentioned a new Iowa primary poll that showed Trump, after leading for weeks, was down by three. I wondered if it was a bad poll or an indication of something. Suddenly, the replies started coming. “Who is this guy?” one asked. “Has anyone checked him out?” asked another. “He’s for sure a troll and doesn’t know what he’s talking about” said another.

            I’m not the sharpest tool in the shed for sure, but my degree is in political science, I did grow up in Washington DC and have many friends within the city’s power structure still. I do a lot of political writing for papers in Idaho and Utah (no big deal, granted) and have interviewed senators, governors, congressman and in 2012, Mitt Romney during the election. So I at least have some knowledge of the subject.

            But I have learned not to give opposing views here because there can be an uncomfortable blow-back. In many ways, readership here is like the HuffPost or other liberal sites in that everyone has the same basic belief (not a bad thing) and they work hard to protect it. Often, when an alternate view is presented (and it doesn’t happen often), it can lead to being called a troll, to being told that you are clutching your pearls, and being told you don’t have enough confidence in Trump.

            No one has more confidence in him than I. I believe this is all a plan and like the Borg, he will bring order to chaos, probably early next year and the Republicans will glide to big victories in 2018. But winning takes planning and planning takes reevaluation and that can’t be done if people with different ideas are shouted down as apostates.

            All that said, this is my website of record. I come here more than anywhere else. I just don’t leave comments like I used to. I just wonder how many there are whose voice was silenced like that and who can think that is a good thing?

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            • georgiafl says:

              I’ve been called a troll a time or two for ‘concerns’…. You are right not like it – I don’t like it either. Wish people would not call names, trolls, etc. It’s childish, reeks of leftist Alinsky attacks.

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            • 1harpazo says:

              Farid, your last paragraph is my sentiments exactly. I sit among the branches, reading and learning quietly. I rarely comment. To me sticking to the facts alleviates the pain of being called names. Thanks for your post. You said what many of us think.

              Liked by 4 people

            • deanbrh says:

              Why is there only one LIKE shown but clicking on the number shows 4 people have actually LIKEd the comment made by faridrushdi?

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            • D-FensDogG says:

              Faridrushdi, I have experienced similar antagonism from “regulars” at this site. I followed it for awhile but didn’t begin commenting until the 2016 presidential campaigns. I was fully supporting Trump, and even publicly so on my own blog. (For the record: I am a strict Constitutionalist, therefore a hardcore conservative of the Founding Fathers variety, and have not associated myself with either the Dems or the Reps since 1994.)

              But, dang, I found out quickly that to question ANYTHING about Trump on this site got one immediately labeled as being a spy from the enemy camp. A couple of simple questions related to Trump statements and activities and I was suddenly being called “A troll for Hillary Clinton” — a woman whom I am convinced has been promoted by satan himself.

              It didn’t take me long to figure out that this site is largely a Trump Temple, where people come to worship and idolize the man. They follow their website leader who seems to be able to rationalize away every single misstep the god of the temple ever makes. It’s never a mistake; it’s always that we don’t “get it” because Trump is playing 100-dimension chess while everyone else is just playing checkers and are mentally light years behind his latest “set-up”.

              I do think that already Trump has been the best president of my lifetime (I’m 57), and I have no buyer’s remorse in having voted for him and promoted him on my blog. But I certainly don’t agree with everything he’s done… and in some cases, not done. And therefore, I rarely visit this site anymore. This is the first time I have left a comment in God only knows how long. I just happened to come across this and wanted to support you and Starshollow88 by confirming that indeed this site is not very open to opposing views which often get wrongly labeled as being from trolls and enemies of President Trump. I’m sure many would-be commenters have been chased away by this attitude on the part of “regulars” over the years.

              ~ D-FensDogG
              ‘Loyal American Underground’

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            • mimbler says:

              My views often differ from the consensus here, and people have certainly disagreed with me.

              I can’t remember anyone actually attacking me though. I think the troll comments come from people have seen how trolls can ruin a site and disrupt the “conversation”.

              And we have had trolls here, so I understand how people might get a little over-protective. I don’t know what happens to them, but I assume the mods id them and get rid of them.

              So anyway, this is a long winded way to say that you can have divergent opinions here, and I’m sorry you had a bad experience. I think once people recognize you as a regular contributor with relevant posts, they are pretty tolerant.

              But they -will- let you know if they disagree; that’s only fair!
              Mike

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        • georgiafl says:

          You have your opinion and I have mine. Please do not attach your own assertions/assumptions to my opinion.

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          • starshollow88 says:

            Yes, let’s agree to disagree. I come to comment threads for civil discussions.

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            • georgiafl says:

              And you have had civility in these discussions. We haven’t even approached British Parliament level disagreement at this point.

              So many times in our current dialogue, mere disagreement is called attack, bashing, etc.

              That is precisely the real enemy of civility.

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              • Good comparison, georgia! I think we sometimes are tired, or angry, or haven’t read all of the comments before we pop off. What really makes me sad though, is that SD snapped at a comment made by one of our best people – and he misinterpreted what she had said.

                She had been so great during the campaign, giving advice on how to sign up to make calls for DJT, how easy and fun it was, etc. Very encouraging. As soon as I read SD’s comment, I thought, “That’s going to hurt her feeling bigly. Bet she’s left the Treehouse for good.”

                I hope I’m wrong, but she hasn’t been back so far.

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                • georgiafl says:

                  I think KM posted today. She was/is a treasure.

                  Sundance is like Aslan, he’s good but not safe – he will bite.

                  I’ve gotten on his bad side a time or two.

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        • joanfoster says:

          I don’t believe Trump is upset with Sessions in the least. I think this script was written months ago and the leading actor and supporting actor are playing their roles as scripted. Trump owes Sessions a lot. Sessions’ name alone gave Trump a lot of credence in the early days of the campaign as well as lending Trump the great speech writer Stephen Miller. I think we are only witnessing the second act of a play where the plot has not come together. Patience. Trump did not go to the Times without first signaling to Sessions what he might have to say.

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          • Bamalaker says:

            Exactly. Trump is LOYAL. This move on face value is totally uncharacteristic. That’s why I 100% believe this is a chess move. We must be patient.

            Liked by 3 people

          • kriseton says:

            Sessions answered a couple of questions this morning that leads me to believe exactly what you are saying. Fox Business thought for sure Sessions was going to announce his resignation at this press conference. After reading someone else’s brilliant analysis of Trump’s interview, I knew that would not be the case….and I was right (as was person with the analysis!). Sessions did not seem phased in the least, didn’t seem upset, didn’t complain about what Trump said, nothing. In fact, he was pretty annoyed the press asked about him rather than the amazing work taking down the dark website.

            I do believe this NYT interview was given to put ‘fake’ distance between Trump & Sessions. To make it seem as if Trump is dissatisfied. Meanwhile, Sessions continues behind the scenes with targeting some very large political figures. I just sense something coming.

            Sessions has had some big take downs in recent months: MS-13 gang members in a big wave of arrests, the Medicaid fraud take down just last week, this new one with the largest dark website in the world being smashed into bits. These are HUGE accomplishments. And I think they show you exactly how Sessions likes to do things: in secret and then move in a massive attack.

            Be calm people. There is something going on. Trump is playing the part to keep the press distracted and looking in the wrong direction.

            Remember just months ago Bannon was going to be leaving, then Priebus, Kushner also under scrutiny. You all have very short memories.

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        • TPW says:

          I agree Sessions has sure allowed a cloud to cover Trumps presidency….Also has given fodder to the never Trumpers to basically get nothing done…….Sessions put his own reputation above going up against his co workers. That said I could also see a Trumpian plan behind this…as the above poster said ….this doesn’t seem like something Trump would do unless there is an unseen plan to draw the rats into the trap.

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        • Oldschool says:

          Star, i have also experienced these attacks. Folks who deny these attacks happen are quite disappointing. But denial is usually a protective mechanism. It is invalidating for those of us who know what we have had to put up with, but this unfortunately is human nature

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      • CaptainNonno says:

        Agree 100%. If this was a recent interview, curious why he would choose NYT and these reporter snakes to begin with? There’s a chess move in play just can’t see it yet.

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        • val66 says:

          Well, two of these NYT snakes (Maggie Haberman & Peter Baker) first reported on a Trump-Sessions recusal feud on June 6th. Not sure if they broke the story or not, but they’re a very large voice on the left & MSM.

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      • Oldschool says:

        Respectfully georgia, I have personally experienced being called names and attacked all because my opinion is in dissent, or most recently because some posters did not read my handle accurately and then more ganged up on me. I have seen others experience the same and I have certain expectations that at CTH the posters would be more open minded and couteous. I chalk it up to human nature and just have a mental list of who I won’t engage with. Most here are mannerly.

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        • georgiafl says:

          Looks like I have forgotten or missed some of this. However, CTH is nothing like leftist blogs or even Breitbart or Right Scoop for attacks and venom. AdRem doesn’t allow it. Best regards!

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      • Today Sessions spoke about the operation that just closed down a ginormous Dark Web site selling mostly heroin but also weapons and trafficking. 40,000 merchants 200K customers. Very uplifting reading.
        https://www.justice.gov/opa/speech/attorney-general-jeff-sessions-delivers-remarks-press-conference-announcing-alphabay

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      • Payday says:

        I disagree. While I support what Sessions is doing to protect us against gangs and illegals, he apparently is doing nothing to protect this country from the much more serious problem. The criminals in the left and deep state. And they’re doing all they can
        to bring down this President and government.

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      • David R. Graham says:

        For one, he likes Haberman.

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        • georgiafl says:

          “According to John Podesta’s leaked emails, Maggie Haberman had a: “…very good relationship” with the campaign. “We have had her tee up stories for us before and have never been disappointed” a leaked email quoting Podesta said.” (wikipedia)

          Maybe she’s just useful.

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      • See, that’s what’s bothering me about his Sessions comments. He knows NYT/MSM is the enemy, so why give them ammo unless this is a feint?

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    • I’m uncertain about the Sessions comments.

      On the one hand: recusal shouldn’t have been unexpected because Sessions is such a straight shooter; on the other hand: you know that the MSM/Uniparty will jump onto any perceived dissension btw Trump and his associates, so I’m not entirely clear on why Trump would let that out w/ NYT. Third option, of course, is that this is a smoke screen … Trump hasn’t struck me as the type of guy who would stab someone in the back.

      Yeah, just too uncertain to take this at face value.

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  3. Digleigh says:

    I still say, QUIT throwing pearls before swine.(scrip.) Haberman was one listed as colluding with the DNC, etc….. NYT(Carlos Slim) wants ONLY to DESTROY TRUMP , trying to find one mispoken word, one misstep, etc….. They THIRST to be the one to take a President down. Quit giving them air,ammunition, and ad money, IMHO……They are snakes… and you shouldn’t play with them…..

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  4. starshollow88 says:

    Why the failing NYT? Haberman and the others hate him and want to hurt him yet he’s given them a few exclusives now. I know he’s called them out on collusion with Hillary and the DNC (I recall hearing audio when Haberman and Thrush (ew) interviewed him months ago-where Trump called them out to their faces). Why reward them? This might be the first time I don’t get it. What do you guys think?

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    • Howie says:

      He is going right at the main mouthpiece of the leakers in order to take the leakers out.

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      • FTWPhil says:

        Ding ding ding!

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      • Victor Adam Smith says:

        Well said!
        Bravo!

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      • gfgustav says:

        Just speculation, but if this is part of a 4-D Chess Plan, it may be a simple matter of wanting to be sure the false message (the “hook”) was taken and swallowed. Trump knows how to use his enemies for his purposes (including and especially the MSM).

        The “hook” would be the false narrative that Trump and Sessions are deeply at odds, to the point it would preclude utterly any appearance of collusion (lack of independence on Sessions’ part) between them.

        That way, when Sessions lowers the boom on key swamp dwellers in ways that “majorly” benefit Trump, the hue and cry from the MSM that Sessions is a Trump lackey can be countered with the above narrative. It gives Sessions “plausible deniability” while he dons his wet suit and goes spearfishing in the swamp.

        If this story line is true, Sessions will not resign over this “public insult.”

        Just in this morning: Sessions will not resign over this “public insult.”

        At least, that’s one possible story line. It will be fascinating to see how this works out.

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    • El Torito says:

      Who better? We hire the best lawyers, plumbers, etc. Why not hire the best at fake news?

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  5. Attorney General Sessions pre-emptive recusal from investigations that had yet to happen, of crimes that were not alleged, lent undue credence to what we now know is a hoax.

    “Russia Russia Russia” is disinformation – a smear invented by Democrats to explain Hillary Clinton’s loss and cover up possible crimes committed by the Obama Intelligence Community: Unmasking US citizens, leaking classified information for political gain, and abusing FISA warrants to conduct domestic surveillance against their political opponents. THESE ARE THE CRIMES we need the Special Counsel to investigate.

    Anatomy of the disinformation hoax: Start with a foundation of truth. Russia has cyber warfare capability: Not in dispute.

    Proceed to a probable conjecture: Russia conducted cyber warfare against the United States to undermine confidence in our election. Possible, even likely.

    Then make a preposterous leap into pure fantasy: The Russian cyber warfare effort was conducted in coordination with, and in support of, the Trump campaign? Not one scintilla of evidence to support it. Preposterous. Nonsense. Vile slander.

    Furthermore, was the cyber warfare effective? Accepting the premise that it was “the Russians” and not some other entity disguising its tracks, all law enforcement and intelligence authorities have testified under oath that “the Russians” failed to breach any election system or change a single vote.

    However, what this disinformation hoax whipped the American Left into howling fits of impotent rage, in a hysterical frenzy over something that never happened.

    Which makes everyone chanting this ludicrous “Russia Russia Russia” mantra what the Russians call “useful idiots”.

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    • georgiafl says:

      OK – for further conjecture’s sake let’s consider these possibilities:

      Does Sessions know something that we don’t about possible Trump ties to Russia?

      Are OldIADGuy’s claims that Candidate Trump lied about his ties with former business associate Russian Sater important?

      Were Trump’s ties to Russia as important as Hillary’s Uranium deal, Reset Button, Bill’s speaking fees, Obama’s ‘flexibility’ with Putin after his last election?

      It is doubtful.

      So far, Trump is open and above board about his past, present and future deals as a private citizen and as a candidate, nominee and President.

      If the pattern holds, Trump has something up his sleeve and it doesn’t bode will for the bad guys.

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      • georgiafl says:

        By ‘important’ in the above comment – I mean indicative of guilt, criminality, treason, etc.

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        • Oldschool says:

          I always circle back to the fact that with all the spying on Trump, if there was any wrong doing, it would have been out there. Having said that, the swamp scum can find a grain of sand and make it into a prized pearl for their agenda.

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          • georgiafl says:

            There are gem quality pearls and there are throw away pearls or pearls to be ground up into pearl powder for other purposes.

            The left’s pearls are always the latter.

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            • Oldschool says:

              Sorry georgia, not sure I understand your response, but if you mean nothing will come of the left’s attempts, we have many examples of innocents who suffer, like the bakers who got shut down or kate steinles family and many many other injustices that were the result of the left’s distortions. I do not want Trump to be a casualty of those distortions.

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      • gfgustav says:

        Very doubtful that Sessions has any information about the Muh Russia nonsense. Sessions had no choice but to recuse himself or the MSM would have had a field day pounding on him for sullying the DOJ as a Trump lackey, compromising his independence, etc. etc. (All the stuff they would never do with B. Hussein and the appropriately-named Lynch.)

        I expect DT fully understands that, which is why much of this might be theater (that is, MSM manipulation).

        It would be fascinating to know if Trump and Sessions basically staged the entire thing. (I wouldn’t put it past Trump to pull that off.) That is, they may have had a brief discussion on how to handle it. One could even envision a rather vague conversation, such as, “Well, Jeff, you need to maintain your independence, so if you were to take any actions with regard to these conspiracy allegations, it’s probably important that you do so on your own initiative, without coordinating with me on it.”

        That seems highly unlikely, but with DT, you never know.

        Then again, it may be that the two of them are simply aligned, understand the game, and take the actions they need to play the game, with no overt communication. Kind of like master Bridge Players sitting across the table from each other, taking out their opponents.

        It may be that they both know exactly what the other is doing. No overt coordination required.

        The latter feels more likely, but who knows?

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        • lfhbrave says:

          For this scenario to be credible, it would assume POTUS is willing to pay a big price for it – his presidency and agenda being crippled by Mueller’s constant and prolonging investigation and he himself being constantly facing the risk of impeachment, knowing the DC Swamp is against him. It’s very unlikely.

          POTUS made abundantly clear Rosenstein (a Baltimore lawyer) and Mueller (FBI director candidate interviewee the day before) could not be trusted.

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        • mimbler says:

          Hindsight is 20/20, but IMO Sessions would have been better off taking the media pounding instead of recusing.

          Now we have mueller on an open ended witch hunt, and PDJT taking media pounding.

          Oh, well, water under the bridge now.
          Mike

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      • I think Trump is setting in motion a chain of events that will culminate in the firing of the special counsel.

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      • Let me tell a little story, which I think bears on Sessions’ recusal.

        About 20 years ago I lived in a neighborhood with a HOA (shudders – “never again”). At one of the meetings a member of the board, out of the blue, apologized for what was apparently the umpteenth time about having been caught drinking a bottle of beer at the common area pool (which is not allowed). It was absurd, but this man was so ashamed that he, a LEADER of the COMMUNITY, had committed such a breach of decorum, that he must self-flagellate to atone.

        I think Sessions is a bit like that man. Here he is, unquestionably a man of integrity and ethics head and shoulders above his two execrable predecessors as Attorney General.

        Sessions was deeply troubled by having to amend his answers to the Senate Committee about “muh Russians”, and also about potential investigations into the campaign of which he was a part. The anguish that these appearances of impropriety caused this decent man led him to publicly self-flagellate in the form of his recusal.

        Contrast that to AG Eric Holder and AG Loretta Lynch, who were neck deep in the worst sort of corruption, with conflicts of interest so glaring as to make any villain blush with shame … and they never recused themselves. From anything. Ever.

        I heard an attorney on a radio show say this: “The sort of people who recuse themselves are the sort who don’t need to; the people who need to seldom do.”

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        • georgiafl says:

          Agree with your last paragraph – but not that Sessions is a flagellator. He’s a shrewd guy – You gotta know Southern gentlemen. Sessions smiles and holds his calm gentility even when he’s being steely cold firm.

          Love this man.

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          • I am seeing a strategy emerging to manage the Independent Counsel: Clear warnings that his investigation is to remain within it’s narrow scope, not to embark on an ever-expanding fishing expedition into matters unrelated to the 2016 election.

            Trump clearly has called out the apparent partisan tilt of Mueller’s staff, fair warning that unlike previous Republican Presidents he isn’t going to sit there like a potted plant and allow the hyenas to run wild.

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  6. maggiemoowho says:

    President Trump just made the Democrats really like Jeff Sessions. Remember Comey, the Dems wanted the guy kicked out of the country until Trump fired him and all of the sudden the Democrats declare Comey a saint, demand an investigation. How dare he fire St. Comey. Watch how much the Democrats start to support Sessions. If Sessions leaves, the Democrats will give Jeff Sessions sainthood and demand an investigation. Heck, the Dems may even demand Sessions be put back on the case now.

    Anyone who President Trump has issues with, the Democrats will like(even if they hated that person in the past) I’m betting there is a method to President Trumps madness and I like it!😃👍👍👍 Sitting back and watching, President Trump is smart, he does nothing without a plan. 🇺🇸#MAGA

    PS: President Trump gave this interview to the New York Times, he hates the New York Times!😄

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    • Howie says:

      There is no case for Sessions to be put back on.

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    • maggiemoowho says:

      Lol,😄It’s already starting, a Dem just stuck up for Jeff Sessions in an interview on Fox. President Trump plays the Democrats like fine tuned instruments, love it!!! Democrats are nothing if not predictable.

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    • G. Combs says:

      Don’t forget the Muh, Russia has run it’s course as far as the public is concerned. Also AG Session is STILL in charge and can give orders to both Rosy and Mueller if they get out of line. The Russian investigation is very narrow and there ARE NO LAWS that have been broken. As Trump said it is a Witch Hunt.

      If Mueller & Co. ‘leaks’ ANY information about Trump’s banking that is NOT directly related to Russia, Mueller HANGS and now he knows it.

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    • starshollow88 says:

      This was also one of my first thoughts! The Democrats and the media would defend Sessions if he does resign like they did with Comey. They are so predictable!

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  7. Pinkie says:

    Sessions gave up a pretty safe Senate seat for this gig. He’s probably ruing that decision.

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    • I think Sessions is ecstatic. Dark Web marketplace 40,000 vendors, 400+ pedophiles, illegal border crossing down 60%+, CEO of Virginia Health Care Technology Company Sentenced to Almost 10 Years in Prison for $49 Million Shareholder Fraud and $7.5 Million Employment Tax Fraud, sanctuary cities falling into line. I haven’t even touched the surface.

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  8. Sherlock says:

    I see Howie’s back with, what, 20 or 30 more anti-Sessions posts in one thread? How many times do you have to repeat it Howie?

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    • LafnH2O says:

      In a word…
      Adnauseum.
      He’s getting something out of it!
      Bottom line…
      Only 1 of two reasons he, and company, continues…
      1) He is unwilling to stop.
      2) He is “Unable” to stop.

      Also the good cop/bad cop routine.
      Loves President Trump rah rah (suckers em in)
      Hates AG Sessions BOO BOO (blows em out)
      Loves President Trump rah rah ()
      Hates AG Sessions BOO BOO ()
      Repeat

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      • Sherlock says:

        Yes, no information ever imparted, just grousing. Now there are literally hundreds of nearly identical posts saying the same thing, nothing new. The effect, of course, is exactly what we don’t need–actions that divide Pres. Trump’s supporters, or even divide Sessions supporters from Pres. Trump. Very odd behavior indeed.

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        • singingsoul says:

          One thing I have read is that P Trump does not listen well to his Lawyers who advise him against speaking out concerning Russia and investigation. He has no patient I read and wants instant results. POTUS is result orientated and I understand .
          Something must have gone wrong yesterday with Senators and Rosenstein being on TV and so public. Why was he so public..

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          • Sherlock says:

            I don’t know. In my view it is never a good idea to sit down with the NYT and answer questions that will be asked by the Special Counsel. Never productive. I’ll not point out those portions of the transcript, nuff said. I understand impatience, but I also understand that it is usually best to listen to attorneys in certain matters.

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  9. TrueNorthSeeker says:

    Trump gave the interview to the fake, Dem and Deep State colluding NYT. By doing so, everyone, including the left and evildoers, are paying lots of attention to it. It’s not dismissed or overlooked as it might have been with a more Trump friendly media outlet. EVERYONE is talking about it and questioning why. Speculations are running rampant.

    I’m reminded that felines (our lion) like to play with their prey before ‘dispatching’ them. I trust POTUS and believe he knows what he’s doing…there is a purpose which will be revealed at the proper time. Interesting times were living in. 😀

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  10. Ivehadit says:

    All you need to know is that HOPE HICKS WAS THERE. Oh my! And then Arabella and Ivanka come in during the interview?!! Double oh my! I hope there is enough rope in Washington, LOL! This is going to be epic whateverJeff is preparing in the DOJ!

    Donald is so entertaining!!! WE LOVE YOU, DONALD!!!

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  11. linda says:

    I wish the Sessions apologist crew would stop the whining already! People have a right to vent about Sessions as many times as we want. Tough if you don’t like it. We are simply taking our cue from our President.Trump wants Sessions gone NOW. He has failed him and now the wider MAGA agenda is in jeopardy due to his selfish recusal

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    • G. Combs says:

      And we have just as much right to look beyond the obvious because Trump, when he does something like this, has NEVER BEEN OBVIOUS!

      The left wants AG Sessions gone.
      The disinfo agents want AG Sessions gone.

      Do you really think Trump could find anyone trustworthy to replace Jeff Session that would also get past the corrupt Senate? REALLY???

      The recusal was what it took to get Sessions into the AG. Trump knows that. He also knows that recusal can be removed lader AND it did not include OBAMA, John McShame, Kerry, Richard Burr…. and crimes against the USA in the middle east.

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    • Alison says:

      a right to vent as many times as you want?

      Maybe at other sites, but not here. Sundance has comment guidelines, which don’t include multiple repetitions of an opinion in one thread. I don’t object to anyone voicing an opinion once in a thread.

      Venting as many times as you want clogs the thread & disrespects SD’s guidelines.

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      • Howie says:

        Do tell. What is the limit on posting? 3? 6? 2? 1? 20?

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        • Tonawanda says:

          Sundance has said on many occasions, make your point and don’t repeat it (or words to that effect).

          I remember in my early days here I made the same point for a third time in the thread and an admin told me to stop repeating points already made.

          I have such a vast store of affection for you, Howie, based on the campaign, that it is difficult to criticize you.

          But my primary concern is the success of Trump, and to the extent people contribute hysterically to the “chaos, disloyalty, incompetence, disarray, disaster, gloom, doom” Narrative of the Fake News, and who influence other Trump supporters by fear, I say stop it, whoever you are.

          Everybody is familiar with your Session’s related fears, criticisms, forebodings and hysteria. We get it. And I am not even saying there may be some or a lot of truth to your misgivings.

          But none of us knows for sure – – that is the nature of Trump, and all too often he has proven our fears misguided. A lot of the “friendly” fire against Trump is ultimately based on the premise that he is an imbecile.

          There is enough Fake News elsewhere. This is a fighting blog (I believe) and not a platform for second-guessing (I distinguish that from thoughtful, informed speculation).

          It really is tedious to read the same shrieking over and over, and it has allowed other enemy posters to jump in and exploit.

          In my mind, CTH is a significant venue in the political landscape, and that includes the comments which are read by many, and influence many.

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        • Tonawanda says:

          To clarify: when I said “And I am not even saying there may be some or a lot of truth to your misgivings” I meant there may even be some or a lot of truth to what you say.

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      • Oldschool says:

        If that is the case, can everyone stop whining about Freedom caucus, Burr, Rand, McCain, Coulter,Fox news, HRC, Obama, Michelle . . . . . .

        That is a double standard.

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    • georgiafl says:

      No one is whining.

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      • eagledriver50 says:

        Hot, Digga Dig Dog…my we have some real Sweethearts here in the comments section…esp. of ones that I am seeing for the first time. Get off the High Horses, get out of the weeds and use the brain cells people. AG Sessions is going nowhere…PDJT is pulling a psyop so take a damn chill pill!!! If one wants to distribute information quickly along a certain route, do you take the slow way or the fast way…sheesh!!!

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    • starshollow88 says:

      Exactly! There must be reasons that we don’t know about too. I trust the President, he was Sessions number one fan, so it must be very frustrating and disappointing for the President.

      I personally don’t think this is 8d chess, President Trump is just mighty frustrated with Mueller looking into his finances (which was just reported on) and is pissed Sessions by his recusal has allowed this witch hunt and Rosenstein never limited the scope. I don’t get why talk to the failing NYT but it still was his hometown paper and has talked to them before so.

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      • Howie says:

        I would not like a posse of 15 democrat/uniparty prosecutors with a Washington DC Grand Jury chasing after all my family and friends either. All because Sessions filled out a form wrong and recused behind my back.

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        • starshollow88 says:

          Sessions and Rosenstein basically gave up the President and America’s future to those people, it’s in their hands. The hands of the deep state. They will prolong as much as possible as a way to reign him. There needs to be a timeline, a limit to their funds and limiting of scope at a minimum.

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    • Howie says:

      Some seem to choose Sessions over Trump. Ahh dunno why. To each their own. Instead of whining make the case for Sessions. If there is one. President Trump in his very own words can not be refuted IMO. Sessions castrated himself for no good reason. Precious time has been lost on the important legal front. Trump/Sessions relationship is not a well oiled machine. I do not give a darn hoot about Sessions. I want the swamp drained and the Trump agenda.

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    • Linda says:

      I guess I should change my name here…could create confusion..I forgot how popular the name was for 1950 babies.

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  12. G. Combs says:

    BTW, Hubby who does not even follow politics read this over my shoulder and immediately said. Trump just set them up again and they won’t even know it.

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  13. H.R. says:

    If President Trump was really convinced that he made a mistake and that AG Sessions was the wrong choice, Sessions would have been ‘fired’ by now. Businessman Trump has a reputation for fixing his mistakes and moving on.

    President Trump: “Failing NYT, I’m throwing AG Sessions into the briar patch.”

    Failing NYT and Dims: “N-O-O-O-O-O-O!!! You can’t do that. We want Jeff Sessions!”

    President Trump thought bubble: “Then I’m sure you’ll support him as he goes after the illegal spying on me and unmasking since 2011-2012 by the previous President and the missing e-mails that provide a nearly endless list of treasonous and illegal acts by SoS Hillary. I can’t recall that any of those acts were related to the Presidential campaigns.”

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    • linda says:

      The 4D chess theory only works if we assume the Democrats will allow their blind hatred for Trump to supercede their Muh Russia conspiracy. They will rally behind Sessions now but will resume attack the second he unrecuses himself or goes after the swamp. Surely Trump knows that so what’s the end game here

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      • H.R. says:

        linda, the signal I’m looking for is if Jeff Sessions is fired in the next week or two. If Sessions remains, the 4D chess game is on.

        I’ve considered that the Dims and YSM will start right back in with “Sessions is the devil” when the indictments come down on Hillary (and they will if she doesn’t die in the next year). But it will take some time to get DOJ attorneys appointed that won’t ‘accidentally’ screw up a case AND get Trump-appointed Federal Judges that won’t make up Hillary-favoring law during a trial.

        The YSM-informed people will have a hard time forgetting a year of support for Sessions when the YSM turns on a dime and goes after Sessions again.

        My signal is… whether or not Sessions is fired fairly soon.

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        • linda says:

          It will be next to impossible to get Trumps appointments through if he fires his Ag and deputy AG right now ( unless McConnell goes nuclear). So I don’t think it’s a binary decision: fire Sessions now or 4D chess. Trump could be unhappy with Sessions and want him gone but still not fire him right away due to other considerations. I just don’t see the strategy in hanging Sessions out to dry like that other than sheer frustration. Things are heating up, they are now going after his family, his children. That could make anyone act ‘out of character’ even the President

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          • H.R. says:

            linda: “rump could be unhappy with Sessions and want him gone but still not fire him right away due to other considerations. I just don’t see the strategy in hanging Sessions out to dry like that other than sheer frustration.”

            Good points there, and now that you bring it up, it may well not be a binary decision.

            Thanks for the additional considerations, linda.

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          • You are implying President Trump sees them as a threat rather than a nuisance. He knows neither he nor his son did anything wrong. Its a nothing burger. They can swirl all they want but in the end they will have tied themselves up with a little bow and their tickets will be punched. President Trump made a move last night; that was not a fit of pique.

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  14. linda says:

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  15. kimosaabe says:

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    • Howie says:

      Duck and cover fellows. Incoming fire.

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      • H.R. says:

        Not from me, Howie. You’ve given support for your opinion and I have considered that you may be completely correct about Jeff Sessions. That said, we don’t know what President Trump knows and what he is planning.

        If Jeff Sessions is fired in the next week or so, I’ll take that as (very, very, very) strong indication you have always been correct about Sessions. If Jeff Sessions is still around after a month or two, you may wish to (very) strongly consider that the 4D chess opinions are correct.

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    • Tonawanda says:

      Bolling is factually wrong, even absurdly wrong and shallow.

      Sessions recused himself from campaign (NOT Russia) related issues because Sessions was part of the campaign. Sessions honorably said: “I am not going to investigate myself.”

      How hard is that to understand?

      The recusal was narrow, and because it was narrow Sessions has the ability himself to restrict Mueller to the narrow jurisdiction he has.

      Sessions can fire Mueller for exceeding his jurisdiction, and maybe that is what will happen.

      But none of us knows.

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      • Sparky5253 says:

        Sessions recused himself from the Russia investigation because he had met with the Russian ambassador while a Senator. This coincided with Sessions campaigning for Trump.

        Sessions knuckled under pressure from the Democrats and this action dealt a serious blow to Trump’s agenda. Furthermore, it has now allowed the Russian conspiracy theme to run rampant and unchecked.

        Rosenstein appointed Mueller and Sessions has absolutely no input on this or the investigation because of his recusal.

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        • Tonawanda says:

          I posted the links here before, available in a search.

          Sessions recused himself because of a statute forbidding a prosecutor from investigating when he had personal involvement in the matter, in this case Trump’s campaign. Sessions said he was a part of the campaign, which seems indisputable.

          The recusal itself says nothing about Russia, it says “campaign.”

          True, Russian “collusion” is an issue (bogus) involving the campaign, but that in itself is (or ought to be) limited to evidence campaign related, not to an investigation of Trump’s life.

          It is absurd to say Sessions recused himself because he shook a Russian’s hand.

  16. blessdog says:

    You are being asked to login because mad1design@wavedog.net is used by an account you are not logged into now.

    By logging in you’ll post the following comment to Transcript of President Trump Wednesday Interview With New York Times…:
    i’ve repeatedly posted online at various blogs, EXACTLY what President Trump says in this interview – ever since Sessions recused himself and it became clear to me that he had chosen to obstruct with his absence.
    (It was) not a good sign that he bent over and took it as soon as cryin’ chuck and session’s thug puppet deep state buddies TOLD HIM TO…never informing his BOSS

    i even vented some frustration here in March i think, and was pretty viciously and falsely attacked attacked by a poster for not being “loyal” to our AG and trolling – one argument was he was a “gentleman” but not to mistake that for weakness, and that he was “biding his time”…

    MY loyalty, and that of most here i’m sure is to The President first and last…so

    Donald Trump and America clearly needed a pit bull AG and DOJ and we got a timid mouse – it seems to me that when Sessions is in the news, he is always “vowing” to “consider” this or that and i’m weary of it – just DO it.

    He’s been a ZERO in the DOJ’s pathetic legal defense of the first 2 CRITICAL EO’s, was slapped down by a federal court in baltimore regarding consent – and now he’s even been slapped by the SCOTUS which should have been unanimous in tossing the recent shenanigans by Watson and the 9th Circuit.

    He’s been a ZERO in terms of proactively prosecuting REAL CRIMINALS who continue to seek to harm the President. ZERO. While they have blasted away and established the foul narrative we find ourselves buried in today…

    I have no idea what is motivating sessions – perhaps he’s simply a weak nothing burger with no taste for conflict – a shrinking violet…
    or perhaps he’s a deep state thug puppet operative (rhetorically – how could he not be with all those years in the highest arena of oligarchic mischief, the US Senate?)

    but either way, his actions/inactions continue to fly in the face of the man who rewarded him with the loyalty in which he invests the highest premium

    IMO sessions is the single most critical factor in the free rein the “resistance” has taken in attacking the office of The POTUS

    IMO he’s done immeasurable damage to The President, the agenda, the American taxpayer, freedom and the constitution

    again – just venting my frustration at seeing the remarkable agenda of Donald Trump being thwarted

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    • Howie says:

      I am looking for any evidence at all that Trump really likes Sessions recusals and it is all a BIG TRICK scheme by them to catch the crooks. I can’t find any at all. If anyone haz any please post it. I can not find any evidence the recusals are a good thing for President Trump. I doubt President Trump is lying in order to bait a trap Sessions is going to spring on the swampers. For the pro Sessions theories to work Trump would have to be lying to us about Sessions. I just can not buy it.

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      • blessdog says:

        if anything, he’s baiting Sessions – mostly just setting the record straight as he likes to do, and sending a MESSAGE

        how foul it would be if sessions has betrayed the President and America,

        MAGA!

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      • maggiemoowho says:

        I think Trump was pissed when Session recused himself. Sessions offered to resign once, but Trump didn’t take his resignation. So Trump and Sessions must be working through it. But President Trump is clearly still upset about the recusal.

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      • mimbler says:

        What I’m curious about is who recommended PDJT appoint Rosenstein? I’ve googled and can’t find it, and don’t recall if it was stated at the time.

        It seems to be a level of detail that would be beneath Trump, so I suspect someone did, and I consider that person a traitor to Trump, as the dems leaped to confirm rosenstein.

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      • Gregory J Ferguson says:

        Consider this, maybe Trump was disappointed Sessions recused. Trump would’ve played that game harder. But Trump knows that Sessions is a Southern Gentleman and plays it straight when he says he is for upholding the law. I can see Trump gently admonishing Sessions “why’d you have to do that?” and Sessions replying “Mr President, I cannot allow my campaigning activities to bring disrepute to this position”. But it ends there. Trump and Sessions are smart enough and committed enough to the path of purifying America, that they will use these supposedly diametrically opposed positions to leverage the best possible outcome. I trust Sessions (how can one not?) and I trust Trump the showman is dressing up his “disappointment'” to provide a cabaret performance. The result will no doubt become apparent in coming weeks.

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    • blessdog says:

      sorry about the wordpress message – i had just typed that all out and i just copied and pasted (too much) because i didn’t want to lose it

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    • jstanley01 says:

      I talked about the problem with Sessions here, but I don’t remember any pushback. Maybe I missed it. But I distinctly remember the President expressing dismay the very day that his new Attorney General recused himself.

      Donald Trump knows exactly what he is doing. He is expressing his utter lack of confidence in his Attorney General, and is thereby calling on the him to resign.

      If Jeff Sessions’ “Southern gentleman” rountine is anything more than an act, and he has one shred of personal or professional honor, he will resign. If he fails to, the man will prove himself to have been a backbiting swamp creature all along.

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      • Oldschool says:

        I have the exact same memory stan. Trump was shocked by the recusal and angry. Trump has now come out and personally confirmed this. I believe Trump.

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        • singingsoul says:

          Maybe Session’s personal agenda is more to him now that he is in power to do something about it that President’s feelings..?
          Session also needs to keep Rosenstein under control and does not seem to do so..? He gives Mueller and Rosenstein all the power and behaves as if he is the second or third in command at the DOJ…?

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      • blessdog says:

        wow – strong comment and on the money, brother!

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    • deanbrh says:

      blessdog’s statement was “liked” by 2 people until I “liked” it, and then I was the only one recorded. 3 people have actually “liked” it but now 2 are listed and I am not one of them. So who plays with this aspect of this blog? Also, I wrote a comment several minutes ago and it is not recorded nor have I been notified it is under moderation. I don’t care that I wasn’t heard; none of my Comments are crucial at all, but I’ve always thought of this blog as possibly the only one where censors are not busy manipulating the rhetoric. Am i being singled out for punishment or is there something else happening?

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      • blessdog says:

        it’s easy to “take back a like” by simply clicking on the like button again…as far as moderation, i believe if you are civil and follow guidelines you won’t have any problem with censorship here ‘o’

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  17. blessdog says:

    i LOVE The President’s grand daughter!!

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  18. daughnworks247 says:

    Sessions is the AG but recused on “Muh Russia”, effectively placing Rosenstein in charge of LARGE SWATHS of the DOJ.
    AND, McConnell’s Senate has NOT approved Session’s other 74 appointments for leadership positions in the DOJ.
    It’s time to pass those 74 appointments and get rid of the Obama swamp. I still think it’s the biggest problem in the DOJ. This gives the swamp “hope”.

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    • Ivehadit says:

      Don’t think for one minute that it has gone unnoticed that the “REPUBLICAN” CONTROLLED SENATE LED BY MCCONELL, aka UNIPARTY, has kept the appointments languishing!
      #2018

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      • Oldschool says:

        To me, ivehadit, one of the biggest roadblocks to MAGA. Does anyone know if there is anyway, other than recess appointments, that POTUS can put these people in place?

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  19. scully7 says:

    there is a DOJ press conference right now but I don’t know where to look to get it live and unedited

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  20. Sayit2016 says:

    Everyone is talking about Sessions here… if I were Hillary I would be very nervous. Gone is the ” she has suffered enough”…..

    Something is afoot here I think…..Sleep with one eye open Hillary….. There is no reason not to go after her– she broke the law about a billion times. Law and Order President…..ok then enforce the LAW. This is not about anything else but but person X did this, this was against the law so person X has to go to jail. It does not matter who is person X is — the law should be blind to whom it is and carry out the punishment as the law prescribes. Period.

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  21. Simple Jack says:

    Jeff Sessions was not a good pick for AG if one of the goals of the Trump administration is to build a durable, new coalition of socially libertarian, fiscally conservative people, as opposed to the socially conservative party of the last few decades.

    Sessions, with his focus towards the war on (some) drugs, is totally out of step with the newer generations of conservatives. Best thing to do at this point is fire him in as polite a way as possible, and nominate a corruption hawk to replace. That’s what Trump voters want, a Justice Department that will focus on the rampant graft and corruption in Washington DC, not petty dope crimes.

    Jeff Sessions has proven he’s not that guy.

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    • G. Combs says:

      “…not petty dope crimes.”

      I strongly suggest you read up about Great Britain, China and the Opium Wars because we are looking at a repeat with a similar cast of characters but today the USA replaces China.

      You can start with this: http://m.gulfnews.com/culture/books/lessons-of-history-china-s-century-of-humiliation-1.884742

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    • georgiafl says:

      So you are a legalize marijuana proponent? That is a dangerous drug and has been proven to cause lasting brain damage in young people and limit future achievement.

      War on drugs is a necessary one and one that should never, ever end.

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      • Georgiafl, I support marijuana legalization. I have seen it make improvements with my daughter’s seizures. As for the health issues, alcohol does lasting physical harm and limits future achievements, and it’s legal.

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        • georgiafl says:

          A cannibis Rx, like Oxy and Opiates is a far cry from turning it loose on the streets.

          An Rx is advantageous, because it allows professionals to follow/protect the patient from adverse side effects, interactions, contraindications. Life saving potential protections.

          Look at Colorado. A big mess has followed the legalization and not stopped dangerous criminal activity in the least.

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          • georgiafl says:

            I am speaking as a person with multiple physicians and lawyers in family over several generations and present…and over 7 decades of living.

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            • rikster says:

              Thing is Georgia, on the Campaign trail the Pres. talked about Opiods, not pot. I believe more than a few of his present base are in the legalization camp. It’s a touchy subject. As for the crime related to it in Colorado, most of that is due to the fact that many states are not legal, thus there is a want as far as trafficking goes. I appreciate your stance, don’t want to get into an argument about it, think we have bigger fish to fry atm. If anything makes me go “what?”, it’s taking people’s property before they are convicted.

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              • georgiafl says:

                I understand that Marijuana is some folks pet drug….but it is dangerous and still should not be legalized.

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                • rikster says:

                  It’s not my “Pet Drug”, but I do not agree with you 100%. I have my reasons but here is probably not the place to state them. I will respect your views and leave it at that. 99% of the time we are on the same page 🙂

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                • geri670 says:

                  Alcohol is the most dangerous drug, more so than heroin, and the most addictive. Ive never seen anyone die from pot. In fact, it’s helping millions of seriously ill folks.

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                • georgiafl says:

                  Don’t use alcohol to excuse or elevate Pot.

                  It is dangerous and destructive, as is alcohol outside of strict limits.

                  Marijuana should be controlled by prescription only. Period.

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                • geri670 says:

                  Okeydoke, brain trust! Obviously you are all knowing, all seeing. 😏

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                • georgiafl says:

                  Marijuana is hurting many more than it is helping.

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    • harrietht3 says:

      This “new generation of conservatives” of which you speak are not worthy of the name conservative. For that matter, nor were the faux conservatives of the past, who, like John McCain (using an extreme example) declared himself pro-life to appease the GOP base here in AZ meanwhile exerting his considerable influence to weaken and destroy the nation state, as all trans-nationalists do — and there is nothing conservative about that!

      As for libertarians — you’re welcome to them. They are liberals in disguise, taking the pragmatic (fiscally prosperous) approach in their quest to upend the existing social order.
      Libertarianism, among the general population, is poorly understood.

      But for those seeking a firm grasp of their perspective and goals, a thorough study of the subject by the late Lawrence Auster at amnation.com/vfr/ is only a few clicks away. Simply type in “libertarian” in the search field provided. You will be stunned by the sheer volume of articles and subsequent comments available having to do with libertarianism. Lawrence Auster described himself, btw, as a traditionalist conservative.

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  22. boojum says:

    When first I heard of this interview, I thought the story was fake. Attacking Jeff Sessions in the NYT, seemed too out of character for President Trump. When I learned this morning that the interview was real, I concluded it must be strategic.

    Trump knew better than any of us, how difficult it would be to defeat the globalists given their vast monetary and media resources. He did not jump into the fray without a detailed battle plan.

    Despite the general perception of a low-key DOJ, the Sessions DOJ has been very busy rounding up MS-13 members, pedophiles, and illegal aliens.

    Illegal crossings at the southern border are way down, and deportations, including self-deportations are way up. And thanks to the “muh Russian” obsession, the deportations are being accomplished with only muted howls of media indignation.

    One prong of the attack plan had to be neutralizing the globalists media advantage by completely destroying any lingering MSM credibility. I think we can agree this has been largely accomplished.

    The administration is now very actively attacking the globalist monetary networks which include the trafficking of oil, weapons, drugs, and humans (including children and body parts.) I haven’t had a chance to read it, but my guess would be that the Sessions announcement on asset forfeiture is probably aimed at Soros.

    The point is that Jeff Sessions is not sitting on the sidelines twiddling a fidget. He is a very active participant in the war against the Deep State, The Big Club, and their masters, the globalists.

    I have to agree with Jim Peters assessment – this interview bears the welcome stench of “strategery.”

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  23. G. Combs says:

    While bashing Sessions remember this
    July 14, 2017 — “Six months into his administration, President Donald Trump has far fewer political appointees in place than his four predecessors,[…] Trump’s four predecessors were at least three times faster than the current president at getting their nominees into their desks.” — Politico

    RepublicansSay it will Take Years to Confirm Trump Nominees/

    The White House sent another 12 nominations to the Senate for confirmation Tuesday, but the slow rate the of confirmations caused by procedural motions by Democrats will take the executive branch over 11 years to fill the posts, Republicans claim. […]

    Now do you really really think Trump wants AG Sessions to leave???

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  24. saveedra says:

    I trust President Trump, if he is unhappy with AG Sessions then he has good reason to be. I don’t understand why Sessions did not communicate to the President his plan to recuse himself from the Russia probe. I like Sessions but have my doubts he is the right man to be AG. After all, Sessions is serving at the pleasure of the President of the United States. Trust Trump, Sessions not so much.

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  25. Texmom says:

    I hope I am wrong, but I am beginning to wonder if Sessions may actually be protecting at least some of the swamp. I have not seen any indications of any DC draining. It may be going on behind the scenes, but considering who is still there…. Seems any draining has been well outside of the DC swamp.
    He couldn’t recuse himself fast enough, and I find this Mueller twist to be very odd.
    Trump may be trying to shame him into resigning with this interview.

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  26. Trumpire says:

    Haven’t had a chance to read all the comments yet but I got blasted here when I said that this whole thing…Sessions recusal and Rosenstein’s appointment of Mueller was a nightmare and f’ed up beyond f’ed up. Political malpractice.

    We climbed Mt. Everest to get the AG, DOJ and FBI out of criminal hands and then Session turns around and hands it right back to them. Unbelievable!

    And who the hell is this Rosenstein anyway? He’s a guy that got 98 out of 100 senate confirmation votes. That means he’s either corrupt or a malleable moron. And since he sicked swamp dweller Mueller on Trump they were correct.

    It’s like they are blind to the massive and serious crimes committed by Hillary/Obama/Dems.

    It’s like Sessions with a parasol floating over the swamp in his canoe oblivious to the alligators that are gnawing at all of us and his boss Trump.

    If it weren’t so serious it’d be as funny Sessions as Frank Drebin in the Naked Gun movie series.

    Once Donald Jr. was drawn into this pathetic horror show Trump is starting to bear his teeth. He’s pissed and rightfully so.

    Somebody on another website described Sessions as strangling the MAGA baby in it’s crib. That about describes it.

    Seven months down the drain. Seven months of lost time, information and statue of limitations running out.

    And to top it all off, his Senate buddies repeatedly stabbed him in the back during his hearings and then he turns around and ignores their crimes.

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    • Howie says:

      getmhimout.

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    • georgiafl says:

      Bravo sierra – Sessions has not in any way handed the DOJ back to criminal leftists like Holder, Lynch and Yates.

      With that same logic, you could say Trump handed back the FBI to Mueller et al, since he appointed Chris Wray, Mueller’s associate, good friend and admirer.

      Moreover, you haven’t been bashed or attacked – you have merely found those who disagree and are defenders of Sessions.

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      • Trumpire says:

        I like you georgiafl. I really do. You seem a nice, good, astute person but this was a massive f’up on the part of Sessions and Rosenstein.

        Trump is bluntly telling the truth. He got shanked, unintentionally, by his own people. Or at least unintentionally by Sessions.

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        • georgiafl says:

          That is one way to look at it.

          How massive will this be in the long run against the many battles Trump is waging?

          Let’s wait see how this particular one shakes out.

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        • georgiafl says:

          I like you too – and I’m not astute at all. It’s just that I’ve admired Sessions for a long time.

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          • Trumpire says:

            Don’t sell yourself short. : )

            From what I know of Sessions I like him too, it actually pains me that to have to point out all this out, but either he gets it together fast an understands he’s in a knife fight or he needs to let a real street fighter take over the job.

            And I’ve been hoping he was working behind the scenes (maybe he is) but with Trump making these comments it leads me to believe that that isn’t the case. I would assume Trump is being updated by his AG.

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        • Sparky5253 says:

          Excellent way of putting it.

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    • georgiafl says:

      Additionally, neither Sessions nor anyone else is blind to the crimes of the Clintons, Obama and their retinue of crooks.

      Good Generals do not announce attacks and withdrawals beforehand in war – and wise prosecutors do not announce investigations and impending prosecutions beforehand either.

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    • Oldschool says:

      Great post trumpire

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  27. SR says:

    Session rescued himself from Russia. How about Hillary’s email, foundation, unmasking, Fusion GPS, Comey, pedo case, illegal money laundering, IRS scandal and so on?

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  28. Trumpire says:

    Who the hell appoints a special prosecutor (yeah, yeah whatever the correct term is) to investigate their boss for non-crimes? NON-CRIMES! And just at the beginning of his bosses presidency.

    There still are no crimes listed. It’s all backwards. It’s a fishing expedition set loose by Sessions and Rosenstein. And now they’ve dragged Donald Jr. into to it. A private citizen. Just like we knew they would do. It’s to torment Trump, going after his family, knowing there are no crimes. It’s sick.

    Everybody knows that it was an Obama/Hillary criminal framing, set-up, excuse for losing yet the moron Rosenstein hires an investigator to go after Trump.

    Yet Hillary and Obama with provable crimes are just out there sauntering around.

    And it puts Trump in the untenable position of having to fire these people.

    Sessions and Rosenstein double teaming and tripping their quarterback in the first play of the Superbowl.

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    • G. Combs says:

      And Mueller is finding NOTHING… The YSM is going crazy chasing the Russia mirage… meanwhile Trump AND AG SESSIONS go about the country’s business.

      Once this idiotic Russia collusion story was floated by Hitlery and the YSM ran with it, there was really no other option. Any smidgen of a cover-up by Trump or his Admin would be used to impeach him.

      Sessions HAD to recuse
      There HAD to be a special council investigation

      Never ever forget that Trump has been getting ready for this for decades so I am sure he is squeeky clean. He also has darn good lawyers.

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      • Trumpire says:

        Of course Trump is squeaky clean. Of course Mueller won’t find any crimes. Of course Trump is going to ultimately win but Trump himself is telling you that he didn’t need to have his own people scoring a goal for the other team.

        Trump, himself, is telling you there is a problem with how this all went down.

        How anyone who would think Trump would appreciate having his own justice department investigating him and his family for non-crimes needs to put down the crack pipe.

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        • G. Combs says:

          “….How anyone who would think Trump would appreciate having his own justice department investigating him and his family for non-crimes needs to put down the crack pipe.”

          SO you would prefer that Trump be impeached on charges of Obstruction of Justice???

          Did you forget that Comey ALREADY floated that and that is why the AG had to appointed a special council?

          Did you forget that those ARTICLES of IMPEACHMENT are already written and Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) formally introduced those article of impeachment against President Trump on Wednesday July 12, 2017 accusing President Trump of obstructing justice during the federal investigation of Russia’s 2016 election interference??

          Sorry Dude REALITY JUST IS.
          We have a very corrupt Congress, FBI, AG, Deep State and MSM who are gunning for President Trump and he has to walk the straight and narrow and so does AG Sessions.

          If it was Hitlary there would be nothing but silence even with a ReBooblican house and Senate. Be we don’t have corrupt Hitlary so we have to go through this circus.

          At least it is better than a Trump Ass…. I won’t finish that horrid word.
          ………..

          BTW, I do not drink or smoke much less do drugs. I do however think logically.

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          • Trumpire says:

            “SO you would prefer that Trump be impeached on charges of Obstruction of Justice???”

            Huh? There is no crime so there would be no impeachment. Comey himself said Trump had to right to fire him. Instead Rosenstein set Mueller loose to either find a crime, make one up, or just to torment Trump for 3 years before saying he found nothing.

            “Did you forget that Comey ALREADY floated that and that is why the AG had to appointed a special council?”

            That was Comey’s excuse for being busted leaking classified information. Cart before the horse.

            “Did you forget that those ARTICLES of IMPEACHMENT are already written and Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) formally introduced those article of impeachment against President Trump on Wednesday July 12, 2017 accusing President Trump of obstructing justice during the federal investigation of Russia’s 2016 election interference??”

            So what. Any moron can write up articles of impeachment over anything. It would go nowhere. They still can’t list a crime. There was no obstruction of justice either. Trump can fire these people at will.

            “Sorry Dude REALITY JUST IS.”

            There was no crime. Sessions and Rosenstein let loose a fishing expedition. That’s reality.

            “We have a very corrupt Congress, FBI, AG, Deep State and MSM who are gunning for President Trump and he has to walk the straight and narrow and so does AG Sessions.”

            Does that include hiring an investigator to investigate non-occurring crimes?

            “If it was Hitlary there would be nothing but silence even with a ReBooblican house and Senate. Be we don’t have corrupt Hitlary so we have to go through this circus.”

            Yeah, the media got Sessions and Rosenstein to throw Trump under a bus.

            “At least it is better than a Trump Ass…. I won’t finish that horrid word.”

            Don’t understand this sentence.
            ………..

            “BTW, I do not drink or smoke much less do drugs. I do however think logically.”

            It’s a general statement.

            Trump has bluntly told us he doesn’t appreciate what Sessions and Rosenstein unleashed upon him, his family, and his young presidency. That’s reality. And he’s correct to be pissed about it.

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    • ezpz says:

      Well said, Trumpire. I agree.

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  29. ezpz says:

    Didn’t Sessions recuse himself from all things Hillary, all campaign issues, AND Russia? What does that leave? Asset forfeiture to which Sessions is giving a green light? How is this good? And no, this is not 4D chess. Sometimes a cigar…

    By his broad recusals, Sessions has neutered not only himself, but the Justices Department at large and has left POTUS vulnerable to the vultures who want to take him down by any means possible.

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  30. dscottv says:

    I don’t know if there is some strategy afoot here but generally I agree with Trumps comments. If Sessions knew so early on he was going to have to recuse himself the question is why knowingly start off the administration with a compromised AG?

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  31. G. Combs says:

    As MUH Russia is investigated, what is coming out?
    1. Obama admin ILLEGALLY unmasked General Flynn AND leaked it.
    2. FBI Comey ILLEGALLY leaked information to the YSM
    3. Donald Jr was set-up.
    4. Trump Tower- Russian bank was another set-up.
    5. The piss Dossier was a third set-up.
    6. FBI Comey AND the Repubs as well as the DemonRats on the intell committee LIED about whether or not President Trump was under investigation.

    ALL the poo that is being flung is landing square on the faces of the Obama Admin. who ILLEGALLY spied on a private citizen and then a presidential candidate.

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  32. boot says:

    I suggest there’s no point being pro or anti Sessions ….. we’re at where we’re at.

    We’re at ….. it should have been obvious to PDJT’s political advisers from the beginning that Sessions would have to recuse himself … when he appointed him, PDJT was badly advised if he thought Sessions would be a pitbull, aggressive, partisan, non-recused DOJ.

    We’re at ….. we would not be in this Mueller situation if PDJT had been advised to sack Comey immediately upon inauguration.

    We’re at ….. we would not be in this Mueller situation if PDJT’s advisers had been able to manage the Comey sacking in a politically astute manner.

    So what’s the preferred scenario? ….. sack Sessions and have a prolonged period where Rosenstein or an absurdly “unbiased” similar acting DOJ is calling the shots on everything until a Trump DOJ is in place?

    OR … accept Sessions’ recusal limitations; accept he is a very competent, meticulous AG despite his limitations; expect that he will make a good overall contribution to PDJT’s positive agenda over the 4 year term even though, because of his recusal, he cannot act as an avenging angel destroying HRC, BHO, etc etc etc?

    It seems to me that it is very rare for an incoming administration to undertake any in-your-face procedures to formally prosecute the previous administration for “unwise/illegal” actions or decision making so an avenging angel DOJ is unlikely to achieve anything. Much as I would be very happy to see HRC etc etc etc etc investigated by a Special Prosecutor and Grand Juries I take the pragmatic view that it is most unlikely to happen whoever is AG or head of the FBI. Pragmatically, the best we can hope for is that the current Russia stuff fades into the background as quickly as possible. It seems to me irrelevant whether that happens with or without Sessions but, on the balance of probabilities, sacking Sessions is likely to prolong the agony.

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    • dscottv says:

      I would say absolutely don’t sack Sessions now. Just horrible confluence of circumstances which when I put my tinfoil hat on look choreographed by the left! Mueller going to look into Trumps business transactions now…more fuel on the muh Russia fire.

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    • dawndoe says:

      Don’t sack Sessions. He is one of the BEST decisions Trump ever made. He is truly on the side of law and order. He is on Trump’s side.

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      • keebler AC ovfefe says:

        President Trump vetted him and knew he had the skills to act as AG but probably was terribly disappointed when Sessions acted on his own without consulting Trump on such a crucial matter at the starting line. He put Sessions on notice, I’m sorry, but a leader doesn’t accept less than maximum effort for the country. It involves risk by his appointees. Sessions was hedging and it is a waste of time. Now we’re getting more action.

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      • Sparky5253 says:

        Really? How can Sessions be an asset to Trump, when Sessions stiffed his boss in the back, and now has voluntarily placed himself on the sidelines while the enemy (Democrats) are trying to overturn Trump’s Presidency.

        Sessions needs to be fired immediately.

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    • keebler AC ovfefe says:

      Sessions doesn’t need to formally prosecute the previous admin right away, but he NEEDED TO DISCUSS SURPRISE RECUSAL WITH TRUMP BEFORE ACCEPTING THE POSITION. Why is this so hard to understand? How is Trump supposed to know in advance that a key ally in the cabinet would unilaterally recuse without consult? Trump’s main gun folded like a cheap suit before even starting.

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      • Oldschool says:

        Such a simple concept, is it not keebler? The general did not consult with the CIC before going AWOL. Sometimes it feels like HRC supporters who deny Benghazi and our warriors who were deserted.

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    • Oldschool says:

      Yes boot, POTUS is between a rock and a hard place.

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  33. redlegleader68 says:

    Well, I just saw this (caution, consider the reporting source) …

    Jeff Sessions staying put as attorney general — for now

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/jul/20/jeff-sessions-staying-put-attorney-general-now/

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  34. Flight93Gal says:

    So it turns out that the big shoe that just dropped is online black market Alphabay or as AG comments is “one of the most important criminal cases of the year”. That’s great work but “other important criminal cases” (Clinton Foundation pay to play; 20% Uranium sale to Russia; Deep State/FBI leaks to cripple PDJT) require investigation, focus and prosecution as an equal opportunity crime-busting priority.

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  35. ID4 says:

    Then it is true. Trump is not playing checkers, but chess. Bannon is a genius. Watch for something big to happen real soon!

    This is all about making Sessions look more independent. Something is afoot here. Just don’t know what…

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  36. NC PATRIOT says:

    Right—Jeff Sessions is a press conference just said he is happy to be the AG—involved now in many things related to the “dark web”. Bingo people! (Warning to the pedos, drug cartels etc)
    He is not going anywhere.

    Trump was also signalling to Roesnstein—-(in the NYT article) to keep Mueller on the confines of Russia—not to give him wide berth to go off on all other investigations into Trump. Rosenstein said in an interview last night on Fox that he wouldn’t micromanage Mueller—-but complaints would be reviewed and scope of investigation can be re-defined. (In other words–Mueller does not have free reign and control is retained within the DOJ. )

    So we watch and wait, people.

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    • singingsoul says:

      I am now very aware that in the USA I need to be careful who I meed because it could be a Russian or maybe a new enemy I have no clue. Any civilian needs to be aware otherwise the law can nap you. Reminds me of East Germany if a person had dealings with an West German or God forbid American. Yes we have become the East block the USSR and former Nazi Germany or any other dictatorship.
      Don Jr a American citizen was not official position on the election team is not in government and is in jeopardy because he did not alert of his meeting to whom…?
      This should concern all of us because it could be us or our kids.

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    • Oldschool says:

      OR, rosey’s “redefined”, can just as easily mean expansion into Trump family and finances. Nothing in Rosey’s statement infers limitations. On the contrary, not “micromanaging” infers the opposite to me.

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  37. recoverydotgod says:

    I like Pres. Trump going to the NYT and talking to Haberman, Schmidt and Baker and bringing light to the conflicts of interest and probing beyond the scope that the special counsel and his team have or may be engaged in. I like that he layed out Sessions and Rosenstein’s ineffectiveness in regard to oversight of a supposed Russian probe. It is now a probe of the Trump family and their businesses. It should not be called a Russian probe any longer. It is a witch hunt, IMO.

    I hope that Don Jr and Kushner do testify this next Monday. It highlights that this is a probe of the presidents family, not a campaign. I liked that Ivanka stopped by the interview. The more Trump can make this about targeting his family and family’s businesses, the more people will get turned off by how personal this is, IMO.

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    • keebler AC ovfefe says:

      Trump can navigate enemy territory like no other. People forget this is how he won. He went to lamestream because if that’s all there is to reach Americans, he’ll do it, similar to Buy American – when there’s no choice yet you got to do what you can until it’s better.

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      • singingsoul says:

        Mueller going from Russian probe into personal mater should be against the law. They search until they find something even so little can do his presidency in. This should not be allowed and people should have legal protection from this. If they can go after POTUS they can go after anyone ig business small business or whatever. We live in a criminal country run by a mafia.

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  38. lovearepublican says:

    Why doesn’t Rosenstein put limits on this Mueller investigation? Why doesn’t Trump use his Trump cards???? you know he has them….He has dirt on a lot of people throughout the years. time to start leveraging. These enemies are enemies of the USA. Traitors and scumbags all.

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  39. jefcool64 says:

    Honestly I wouldn’t have criticized Sessions myself but from what I know of Trump he puts all his people in the spotlight no matter how much they have helped him in the past. It’s his way to make sure no one gets too comfy and lax in their duties.

    I would like to think Sessions understands this and will redouble his efforts quietly as the silent trooper I always felt he was. A lesser man would wilt after being told by the boss man you screwed up in public.
    The irony here is that some people may not think Sessions had a choice in his recuse. Trump didn’t mention the reasons why he recused, only that he wasn’t told about it before. It’s really a question of whether Sessions will take it as constructive criticism and carry on his duties even harder.

    In politics, we grown so accustomed to people giving cover to the same team. Trump is a tough guy and a tough boss. I think the message is clear, you’re given free reign to do what you have to do but if something includes the president at least give him the courtesy of telling him beforehand.

    I don’t think this will go any further then this. It would be out of character for Sessions to cry in public about it, that would just make it worse for him (Not to mention lend ammo into the perception that he may be weak.). He didn’t do that here though so I think the message is received. If he wants the job of AG he better fight hard. I think that’s the kind of thing Trump would want right now.

    I like Sessions and I think he’s trustworthy. I don’t think he was even wrong in recusing himself. He should have told Trump though. I don’t think it’s anymore then this.

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    • Sherlock says:

      I think Sessons simply reacted today at the press conference like the professional and gentleman he is. He has thick skin, stood tall, and explained again that he will do his job and try to assist in furthering President Trump’s agenda.

      I personally don’t think it was necessary for the President to publicly whip Sessions in the NY Times, but he’s free to do so. Sessions stoically took it. Though President Trump may be irked at Sessions, he picked the right man for the job. I do think, however, that if President Trump intends to continue criticizing Sessions over actions occurring in the past that it would be better for all concerned if Sessions is removed. I would hate it, and I think it would be a gigantic mistake–baby and the bathwater–but we also can’t have the perception of disunity. Not productive. Handle it privately, even if it means you fire the person. Just my two cents. I personally hope Sessions stays right where he is for 8 years.

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      • keebler AC ovfefe says:

        Sessions has been disloyal to Trump as his first action in his AG role. His stoicism is his own choice and blame is his own. Please don’t attribute any fall out to President Trump. PDJT has done far more and taken on more risk than anyone in the cabinet. He is leading the way for his cabinet, and they better perform. We haven’t been happy with Sessions and apparently neither has PDJT.

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        • georgiafl says:

          Trump is heroic, gifted, gutsy, cunning, larger than life, a compassionate man, a mentor and teacher, but he is a fallible human being and always will be….but he is rare in that he learns from mistakes and seeks wisdom from others, works with teams, makes deals by approaching others in good will.

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        • Sherlock says:

          Well, if he’s unhappy with Sessions’ overall performance, he is certainly free to fire him.
          I don’t expect we’ll see that, but we’ll see.

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          • SR says:

            The whole problem is RINO. Rats and RINO can stall MAGA and may bring impeachment for just any reason.

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          • singingsoul says:

            Will be interesting to see how many democrats defend Session..? What happens if Session does something that the dems not like..?

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          • keebler AC ovfefe says:

            Fire him after Sessions recused on the Russian fake news? How is that going to look? It’s Trump having to deal with an AG mess when he has other major tasks to do. Sessions needs to resign not be fired. Apparently, he not going to resign. I question whether he ever offered his resignation at the beginning. Still, it’s a mess that should never have happened. If Sessions cannot perform, then he has to resign in shame. This is the pay grade.

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          • blessdog says:

            that was a STRONG callout from Trump – as jstanley01 posted here today, if Sessions had a thread of integrity, he’d resign immediately…

            instead we see from his comments that he intends to defy the President – apparently he “loves his job”

            indicating which master he serves…

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  40. thedoc00 says:

    This whole discussion of Trump not trusting the AG is much to do about nothing. If people would consider the who context in which Trump expressed his “regret”, it was expressed as part of a frank discussion regarding the entire situation regarding the investigation and AG Sessions, as is Trump’s habit. Nowhere in the text of this discussion did the President say “he did not have confidence” in Sessions or that he wanted him to resign. The AG is going to be use for some time to come.

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  41. Guyver1 says:

    Oh boy… theories, theories… only time will tell which one is right.
    For all it’s worth, my own two cents…
    To me, everything centers on the selection of the New York Slimes and its top recipient of ‘leaks’ for the interview. Seems to be a strange forum for it- unless you look at it as a trap.
    The New York Slimes publishes the interview. The biggest ‘leak’ yet, and right from the President’s mouth!!!
    The Globalists and their allies fall for it and defend Sessions (already starting to happen).
    Sessions does not quit, and at some point in the near future brings the hammer down on the globalists.
    Then the media starts howling about the very same guy they were defending (Sessions). Makes them look duplicitous and stupid.
    President Trump calls a televised press conference. The media goes berserk and accuses him of having lied to them.
    President Trump smiles and says “So? You should be happy about that! You publish so many lies and fake news, I decided to give you some myself! Be happy!”
    Kaboom!!!
    The media’s hair bursts into flames as they realize they have been trolled and played, and their credibility has been thoroughly destroyed, live, on national TV.
    In their final desperate act, they yell at President Trump that he has destroyed HIS OWN credibility.
    President Trump smiles and says “Not so- I have delivered on campaign promises I made to the people who voted for me, and will continue to do so. Have a nice day!”
    Then he smiles and does does a ‘mike drop’, and as he exits the room, the fire in the media’s hair spreads to their bodies and they self-combust.
    In a nut shell- I believe this is about providing cover for Sessions, and destroying the lying media.
    Theories, theories… only time will tell.

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  42. Howie says:

    Ask yourself. If you were Trump and knew then what you know now, would you pick Jeff Sessions?

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    • georgiafl says:

      Absolutely!

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    • keebler AC ovfefe says:

      Trump may have forgave the brief trespass by Sessions recusing due to the Flynn resignation happening at the same time. He also wanted to give Sessions a chance to redeem himself and instead Sessions took it as a signal to continue lack of action as AG. Six months has passed, he needs the AG to deal with this Russian nothingburger because Trump shouldn’t have had to address Comey himself and put himself at risk! Grrrrr. It bothers me to no end that Trump was left doing the AG’s job and then getting dragged in as President. By now, PDJT has another candidate I’m sure to be AG. He’s going to NYT because they’ll be happy to print this about Sessions and everyone on either side of the situation has been given the straight goods. 3 months and 6 months is the honeymoon period. The only way is for the disloyal Sessions to resign. He was given his chance to carry out his mandate, instead he left Trump holding the fort and endangering his own position.

      Yes, if I were in the same position as Trump, and no public to please, Sessions would have been “recused from AG” the way he already figuratively released himself from the role.

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    • Sherlock says:

      “He [Rosenstein] made a recommendation (to fire Comey), he’s highly respected, very good guy, very smart guy. The Democrats like him, the Republicans like him. He made a recommendation. But regardless of [the] recommendation, I was going to fire Comey. Knowing there was no good time to do it!

      And in fact when I decided to just do it I said to myself, I said, “You know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story, it’s an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should’ve won.” Reported May 9.

      Truth is, Rosenstein, not Sessions, panicked. He took heat from the lefty press because after writing the memo to fire Comey, Pres. Trump says “I was going to do it anyway” and then in the same breath mentions the Russian investigation. So, the jackals predictably begin screaming “Rosenstein is guilty of obstruction, Trump is guilty of obstruction, the memo was phony and Comey was fired to stop the Russian investigation!” Rosenstein deciides to cover his own rear end and get the press of his back, and voila, Mueller.

      (It was mere day after Pres. Trump made the statements in quotes above, the special counsel was appointed. Would Rosenstain have done that had President Trump simply said “I fired Comey because of reasons already clearly set forth in the memos of Jeff Sessions and Rosenstain?” Guess we’ll never know.

      Now, I think I know exactly what Trump meant by those statements–he meant the whole thing is b.s., and Comey refused to say that the President wasn’t under investigation. However, there was no need whatsoever to go down the “Russia” road in discussing the firing of Comey. He had written memos from AG Sessions and Rosenstein explaining exactly why the firing was required. There was further no need to tell some Russian ambassador that Comey was a “nut job” and there’s been “less pressure” since his firing. This gave ammunition to his enemies.

      Those wanting to lay everything bad in the world at the feet of Jeff Sessions need to recall exactly what happened, and when, and perhaps why. As I said in January, February, March, April, and May–“We cannot give ammunition to the enemy.” They will twist it, they will turn it, they will lie, and they will connive, and they will do their best to turn such statements into legal and political jeopardy. That is still the case.

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  43. georgiafl says:

    I’m thinking this whole NYT interview and conflict with Jeff Sessions is just ‘Hushpuppies.’

    President Trump’s father must have sent him down South to take lessons from some real Southern Good Ole Boys – because Trump is a master Southern tactician and utilizes the ways and means that have been proven effective for many generations of Bubbas and Southern Gentlemen.

    DJT is great at – ‘giving them enough rope to hang themselves’ – ‘sitting tight in the boat’ – and many other time-tested down home wisdom.

    This interview is looking like the Hushpuppy strategy. This is used when the men and boys are out on a hunting/fishing trip and the dogs get hungry and start to baying too loud and scaring the game or keeping the kids awake. They toss the dogs something called hushpuppies, made with the corn meal left over from breading the fish, fried in the leftover grease. Kids and grown ups love them too and now no one has a fish fry in the South without hushpuppies.

    This little intrigue between Trump and Sessions, like hushpuppies, will feed the baying news folks and keep them busy through a news cycle or two, so both men can work with less noise.

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  44. Troublemaker10 says:

    He chose to do interview with NYT for a reason. It was intentional. There is something else going on.

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    • Guyver1 says:

      Exactly. It is not what he said, but who he said it to. That, in my opinion, is the key.
      Trap.
      And the swamp dwellers and their media lackeys are running right into it.

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  45. Too Real says:

    Why?? Does the President even bother with these anti-American thieves and liars?

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    • keebler AC ovfefe says:

      He won because he had the temerity to traverse enemy lines. He knows how to work them.

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    • Guyver1 says:

      Because the lying media is obstructing his agenda.
      He needs to destroy them in order to speed things up.
      This whole NYT interview business… I smell a trap, and they are rushing headlong into it.

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  46. blessdog says:

    “It is interesting President Trump allowed/chose Michael Schmidt as one of the interviewers in that Schmidt is the primary recipient of leaks provided by fired FBI Director James Comey.”

    i’d go with “allowed” here – and THIS is where you see Trump’s strategy emerging…lol if that’s ever really possible

    the whole deal with going through the times i see as keeping your enemies “closer”, and perhaps trapping Schmidt – being a NYCer myself, i think that Donald Trump possibly has some “sentimental” feelings for the paper, despite being at war with them…at least he keenly understands their premiere deep state position, the paper “of record” – and there’s also something a bit weird about the way he continues giving preferred treatment to one of the very worst deep state thug puppet operatives in Haberman…
    they seem to have cordial relationship ‘o’
    hard to figure it all out, eh?

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  47. He also mentions that since Nixon the FBI started reporting to the DOJ but that’s nothing official from Congress. The FBI really reports to the President. I think he is also setting up that the new Director of FBI will not be reporting to the DOJ like in the past.

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  48. Trialbytruth says:

    I wonder who fed the NYT their questions…. You know just curious….. would Muller be intrested in developing a lne of questions in advance a test perhaps…Would sessioms be watching the lines of communication??? Just wondering

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  49. El Torito says:

    My thinking is that in doing this interview, DJT rattles the leakers and pond scum. Now no one knows for sure if they have been outted and they start acting a little neurotic. On top of that, now their crimes can cost them everything they are worth, all they have worked for. Then the lawyer fees to stay out of jail. Delicious.

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  50. blessdog says:

    “It is interesting President Trump allowed/chose Michael Schmidt as one of the interviewers in that Schmidt is the primary recipient of leaks provided by fired FBI Director James Comey.”

    i’ll go with “allowed” here / under the category of “keep your enemies closer”
    and carry a big stick!

    being a NYCer like Trump, i sense also that he has a “sentimental” attachment to the Times, in addition it’s strategic value to him with it’s preeminent deep state status as the “paper of record”

    and one further interesting element is the privilege he keeps extending to one of the very worst of the thug puppet operatives in Haberman…
    she of documented DNC collusion and deeply implicated in the FBI/NYT connection

    they have a pretty “cordial” relationship

    fascinating!

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