President Trump: “I don’t have an attorney general. It’s very sad.” – “I’m very disappointed in Jeff. Very disappointed.”…

John Solomon and Buck Sexton interviewed President Trump on Tuesday September 18th, 2018, in the Oval Office.  The interview covered a variety of subjects and Solomon has posted the transcript [SEE HERE]. The interview reveals some new information, such as President Trump’s 2016 gut instinct to fire FBI Director James Comey, and his advisors –likely Steve Bannon– talking him out of it.

Additionally, within the interview President Trump notes he has not seen the content of the documents he had directed to be declassified; he is relying on the group within congress -Nunes, Jordan, Goodlatte, Meadows, Zeldin, etc.- who have investigated the details and made the requests to the executive office for declassification.

Perhaps the most important aspect to the interview is President Trump putting to rest his direct, brutally honest and forthright opinion of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

(Via The Hill) Buck Sexton: Mr. President, why haven’t you replaced your attorney general, given all the things you’ve said and everything else that’s come out about his actions, or inactions?

President Trump: I’m so sad over Jeff Sessions because he came to me. He was the first senator that endorsed me. And he wanted to be attorney general, and I didn’t see it. But he came very strongly he really wanted to be. And, I let him be.

And then he went through the nominating process and he did very poorly. I mean, he was mixed up and confused, and people that worked with him for, you know, a long time in the Senate were not nice to him, but he was giving very confusing answers. Answers that should have been easily answered. And that was a rough time for him, and he won by one vote, I believe. You know he won by just one vote.

President Trump: He won by one vote, and it’s so sad what happened. Then he gets in and probably because of the experience that he had going through the nominating when somebody asked him the first question about Hillary Clinton or something he said ‘I recuse myself, I recuse myself.’ And now it turned out he didn’t have to recuse himself. Actually, the FBI reported shortly thereafter any reason for him to recuse himself. And it’s very sad what happened. In the meantime, I don’t have an attorney general. It’s very sad. I’m not happy at the border, I’m not happy with numerous things, not just this.

Buck Sexton: Are we going to get a wall Mr. President?

President Trump: OK, well, let me just finish this. We’ll see what happens, I mean, we’ll see what happens. A lot of people have asked me to do that. And I guess I study history, and I say I just want to leave things alone, but it was very unfair what he did. And my worst enemies, I mean, people that, you know, are on the other side of me, in a lot of ways including politically, have said that was a very unfair thing he did. You know, you’ve seen that, when he recused himself. So anyway, so, so we’ll see how it goes with Jeff. I’m very disappointed in Jeff. Very disappointed.

[…]  everyone of my Cabinet members is doing great. I just have one group that’s not been good. You know what that group is. (read full interview)

This is a prime example of the need to be intellectually honest and accept President Trump at his word. There is a tremendous amount of false-theory being cited by people struggling to accept the failure of AG Sessions to support the objectives of President Trump. “Trust the plan”, and/or “trust Sessions” are the most well-known proclamations.

Failure to modify and accept reality -against the backdrop of new information- leads to misplaced interpretations, cognitive dissonance, intellectual dishonesty and, even worse, creates a false perception of what is possible.  Keep absorbing information without rational and logical discernment long enough, and you get ridiculous “Q Theories” and grand “Stealth Jeff Sessions” plans.

AG Jeff Sessions is recused from investigating corruption within the 2016 election, operation ‘spy-gate’, operation ‘crossfire hurricane’, and the Russia investigation.  The same career OLC lawyers within the system convinced Sessions of his conflicts, and have carved the Attorney General out of the investigative processes within the DOJ.

AG Sessions did not plan with President Trump for the declassification directive. Sessions is recused:

Tashina “Tash” Gauhar – Yes, the DOJ/FBI lawyer at the heart of the Clinton-email investigation; the DOJ/FBI lawyer hired by Eric Holder at his firm and later at the DOJ; the DOJ/FBI lawyer who was transferred to the Clinton probe;  the DOJ/FBI lawyer at the epicenter of the Weiner laptop issues, the only one from MYE who spoke to New York; the DOJ/FBI lawyer who constructs the FISA applications on behalf of Main Justice;…. just happens to be the same DOJ/FBI lawyer recommending to AG Jeff Sessions that he recuse himself….

But wait, do you notice how Dana Boente (former interim head of DOJ-NSD) was participating with Peter Strzok’s lead DOJ aide “Tash” Gauhar in the discussion which recommended Attorney General Jeff Sessions should be recused? Sessions’ official announcement came immediately after this meeting on March 2nd, 2017.

Deputy Attorney General Dana Boente retired from the DOJ in October 2017.  In January 2018, amid the beginning of the sunlight furor upon the FBI, Director Christopher Wray re-hired Dana Boente as Chief Legal Counsel for the FBI.

When all those FBI lawyers are showing up with Lisa Page, Peter Strzok and Bruce Ohr during committee hearings, and telling them not to answer questions about their contacts with the media etc. who is in charge of those FBI lawyers?  The same Dana Boente.

The officials within the system of the administrative state are protecting the administrative state from scrutiny.  This protectionist outlook transfers to the Inspector General, and was evidenced in how the “summary of findings” within the IG reports did not match the details of fact within 600+ pages of evidence.

Rational discernment and the application of common sense logic is important when  evaluating the battle inside the executive branch of government.  The institutions of the FBI and DOJ appear to have been thoroughly corrupted by political operatives; and more extreme ideologues were rewarded and promoted during the prior administration.

Many of those politicized officials within the system are still present.  The election changes the leadership, but the underlying organizational corruption remains, albeit under new management.

If the goal of management to save the institution is stronger than the goal to take the institution down to brass-tacks, eliminate corruption and rebuild, then the corrupt elements are able to survive the leadership change.  By all measures, this is the current status of the FBI and DOJ.

[Back Story Link]

Because the corruption happened during their tenure, current officials within the FBI, DOJ and much of the larger intelligence apparatus, are not in alignment with the reform goals demanded by change-agent President Trump. Their goal is to fight Trump’s goals.

“It must be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to plan, more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to manage than a new system. For the initiator has the enmity of all who would profit by the preservation of the old institution and merely lukewarm defenders in those who gain by the new ones.”

~Niccolo Machiavelli

From June 2017 through May 2018, CTH was optimistic the Cabinet Leadership within the DOJ and FBI would accept the scale of corruption within their institutions and embrace reform.  However, as more and more tripwires were crossed; and with the scale of the corruption even more visible; and with the calendar moving forward without any action; we were forced to accept the goals of AG Sessions, DAG Rosenstein and Director Wray were not reform goals – they are preservation goals.

The lack of action from the release of the prior two IG reports; the inability of the FBI to even acknowledge the severity within the May 2018 report on FBI misconduct; and the compounded issues surrounding the DOJ and FBI approach toward admitted classified intelligence leaker James Wolfe; leads only to one possible conclusion.  The downstream consequences of the corruption are so entirely devastating, the sunlight is actually a risk – and must therefore be ‘managed’.

Conversely, outside the executive branch there are voices in congress holding no vested interest in the systemic corruption, and therefore they are in alignment with President Trump’s demands.

Members within the executive branch are working with the other side and holding Trump hostage while trying to wait-out the election hopeful to have a change in congressional power.  This preserves their institutions and executes their goals.

It is a small valiant team within the legislative branch who are trying to help the President and force officials within the cabinet to admit the corruption.

Remember, there are multiple key leadership retirements within congress from members who are ambivalent to the outcome for President Trump.  Speaker of the House Paul Ryan; Chairman of Oversight Committee Trey Gowdy and Chairman of the Judiciary Committee Bob Goodlatte are all leaving.

We need to campaign hard, and turn out the vote en masse in November, to support this sea-change moment in congress.  We can actually achieve MAGA-minded congressional representation if we fight for it.

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1,131 Responses to President Trump: “I don’t have an attorney general. It’s very sad.” – “I’m very disappointed in Jeff. Very disappointed.”…

  1. Mr BiG Time says:

    “Trillions at stake”. The war rages on… the swamp is deep. Educate and get those that are “to busy “ to get their absent ballots ready!

    MAGA – ps. In case you missed it, we are at war to save the republic. (Maybe a bit strong, but damn these people are evil)

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    • farmhand1927 says:

      “……The war rages on….”. Well said, Mr. Big Time.

      Know what the next theater in the war over at DOJ will be? That’s right—the naming of the new AG nominee and ensuing fights to confirm same. Prepare to be either blown-away happy and MAGA thumbs up or wearing frown lines as deep as the Grand Canyon and grinding your teeth down to the gums.

      The day draws very near when Sessions leaves. If the DOJ defies the Presidential order to declassify documents and instead bows to Brennan (Obama), the reckoning will be upon us. It will hit the fan like an airboat in a hog honey pit. The –it will be flying every which way. Rosenstein? Well, he’s a whole ‘nother animal in the zoo that may take extra skill in handling but suffice it to say, he’ll be looking for honest work soon enough, too.

      In selecting a new nominee for Attorney General, expect President Trump to come out of left field, make the catch, get the third out at the bottom of the 9th and win the game.

      Expect a surprise pick that will set those on tne Left and many on the Right on their ears. The media frenzy will be entertaining, at the least. President Trump has been a very quick study as to whom he can trust and who should be cast aside. There are some former Never Trumper’s that have seen the light, that also have been quick study’s in seeing that Trump is the Real Deal. And they want a piece of the action. These newcomers were never in bed with the McCain’s and Flake’s, they were maverick’s in their own rights.

      Look for a stunning pick you’d never expect. Look for an AG nominee that’s a bulldog/pitbull mix. Expect an out-of-the-box nominee that once batted for the other team but is ready to go to war for the Constitution of the United States and defend our President from the corrupt, illegal, dangerous coup Sessions presides over.

      Prepare to be surprised, shocked, perhaps quite wary, maybe disappointed. Look for a name like Ted Cruz, Louie Gohmert, Mark Levine. Trust Trump.

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      • dd_sc says:

        I doubt the Senate – McConnell’s herd of RINOs included – will want to confirm an outsider AG looking to drain the swamp.

        If both Sessions and Rosenstein are sent packing, I believe the Associate Attorney General moves up – Jesse Panuccio is currently the Acting Associate Attorney General ( https://www.justice.gov/asg/staff-profile/meet-acting-associate-attorney-general ). I don’t why he’s listed as “acting” AAG – another stalled confirmation?

        He seems like a decent person; from Florida so maybe Sundance knows more about him.

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      • mutantbeast says:

        If they really want to come out of LF, Id say re-hire Dr Sebastian Gorka.

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      • Mr BiG Time says:

        I agree that replacing sessions will be epic! My only hope is that we can finally start to crack the corruption. Trump may need another layer of body armor, as these wacko’s will be desperate. We are at war to save the republic! Thank god we are making real progress on other areas such as strengthening the economy because it doesn’t seem to me that we have moved the needle on the DOJ FBI DEEP STATE.

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  2. PocaMAGAjunta says:

    I. Sessions’ experience seems to lend credence to the opinion that he is a man of honor and integrity:
    • Four years in the US Army achieving rank of Captain.
    • Twelve years as a United States Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama.
    • Twenty Years. Checking my math. Yes twenty years as a US Senator.
    • “Sessions served as United States Senator from Alabama from 1997 to 2017, resigning the position in order to serve in the Trump administration.” – Wikipedia

    ***Name another twenty year Senator who is not Deep State***

    II. From this article – Sundance:
    “Tashina “Tash” Gauhar – Yes, the DOJ/FBI lawyer at the heart of the Clinton-email investigation; the DOJ/FBI lawyer hired by Eric Holder at his firm and later at the DOJ; the DOJ/FBI lawyer who was transferred to the Clinton probe; the DOJ/FBI lawyer at the epicenter of the Weiner laptop issues, the only one from MYE who spoke to New York; the DOJ/FBI lawyer who constructs the FISA applications on behalf of Main Justice;…. just happens to be the same DOJ/FBI lawyer recommending to AG Jeff Sessions that he recuse himself….”

    ***As a seasoned Senator and attorney, why would Sessions defer to the opinion of a Deep State lawyer.***

    III. From this article – Sundance:

    “But wait, do you notice how Dana Boente (former interim head of DOJ-NSD) was participating with Peter Strzok’s lead DOJ aide “Tash” Gauhar in the discussion which recommended Attorney General Jeff Sessions should be recused? Sessions’ official announcement came immediately after this meeting on March 2nd, 2017.”

    ***Strzok in the loop. Is it possible to make the leap that Sessions, the twenty year Senator, is the mole in the campaign and a major player in the insurance policy?***

    III. “On March 10, 2017, Sessions oversaw the firing of 46 United States Attorneys, leaving only his acting Deputy Dana Boente and nominated Deputy Rod Rosenstein in place after Trump declined their resignations.” – Wikipedia

    Acknowledgements to Blue Moon and Howie posts above. Also Wolfmoon insight that PDJT understands what has happened and in any case PDJT has Sessions and others in his sights.

    I think this latest expression of disappointment in Sessions is a final appeal for the AG to come clean before the hammer is dropped.

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    • skifflegirl says:

      One of the commenters at Gateway Pundit has been making a compelling argument for months that Sessions was a key part of the insurance policy. Point by point, from the very beginning, such as being first Senator to endorse PDJT, to hiring Carter Page and G-Pap as Foreign Policy Advisors, campaigning hard for the AG job, to recusing himself on day one, Sessions has been the key anti Trump operative for the deep state. I believe he is a compromised man and perhaps he’s not fully mentally competent at this point as well.

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      • farrier105 says:

        Sam Clovis was asked to compile a list of NAMES of people who could be passed off as foreign policy advisors. That was all they were, names, as the GOP bigshots demanded such a list or they would not support Trump and the media echoed the demand. Carter Page, to this day, has never met Trump.

        Sessions was made the manager of the NAMES on the list of FAKE foreign policy advisors. That was what actually happened here, in addition to dumbass Comey thinking the list was real and calling a National Security Council meeting about that list of NAMES.

        The Establishment media has shilled for the change in reasons for the counterintelligence investigation into the Trump Campaign from Carter Page’s trip to Moscow to the Alexander Downer affair with George Papadopoulos because of the dossier being exposed as DNC/Hillary For America opposition research. However, Comey would know nothing about Georgie Boy, but LOTS about Carter Page as he worked undercover for the FBI. This is further evidence that the list of NAMES started the London operations against Page and Papadopoulos after the NSC meeting.

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    • “…a final appeal for [Sessions] to come clean…”

      No. Sessions has had all the time in the world to make a right decision, to “come clean”.
      He has well made his bed, and his life is over, in the true, spiritual sense. Stop clinging to him already.

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  3. Blade says:

    This is a prime example of the need to be intellectually honest and accept President Trump at his word. There is a tremendous amount of false-theory being cited by people struggling to accept the failure of AG Sessions to support the objectives of President Trump. “Trust the plan”, and/or “trust Sessions” are the most well-known proclamations.

    Failure to modify and accept reality -against the backdrop of new information- leads to misplaced interpretations, cognitive dissonance, intellectual dishonesty and, even worse, creates a false perception of what is possible. Keep absorbing information without rational and logical discernment long enough, and you get ridiculous “Q Theories” and grand “Stealth Jeff Sessions” plans.

    I know nothing about “Q”, never even clicked on a link to it. But I do know evidence and especially the lack of it when I see it. But since you are a literalist now Sundance, then it is time for someone to explain this one …

    Two long running, Obama era, investigations of two very popular Republican Congressmen were brought to a well publicized charge, just ahead of the Mid-Terms, by the Jeff Sessions Justice Department. Two easy wins now in doubt because there is not enough time. Good job Jeff……

    So we’re to believe that our President, a Christian, who put his hand on the bible and swore an oath truly is angry that Sessions didn’t intervene and save two (R) Congressman? Explain it please. I need a literalist to translate for me. DoJ is supposed to protect the people that the President who appointed them wants protected? How do you do that anyway? Tell the US Attorneys to drop it? The blowback on the President would be devastating if not fatal. So does that literally mean Trump is finished, bored, defeated and looking for a way out of office or something? Go ahead and take it literally. I’ve got dozens of examples cued up and would love to see them defended by literalists, one by one. drip drip drip.

    I’ve tried to warn non-NYC’ers about taking us literally, now you’ve done boxed yourselves in but good. This is pure binary decision time. There is no possible way to take that literally without admitting and accepting that Trump is now corrupt [ umm, no he’s not ] and is also thoroughly stupid for confessing it loudly to the world [ also nope ]. If that is not to be taken literally then you have no choice but to admit he sometimes vents or exaggerates. So which is it? Don’t look away. Don’t duck the question!

    I can’t believe that after 3 years so many haven’t got a clue as to how we New Yorkers often talk. Something should have rubbed off on y’all by now. I mean so many of us have carpetbagged into your states so you must have met a few by now. Candidate Trump’s mention of ‘shooting someone on 5th Avenue and getting away with it’ should have been a clue but I guess some are still confused. Well he didn’t mean that either. It is how we talk. It’s like watching a football game and the quarterback throws an interception and you say: ‘you stupid m*****f***** I hope you drop dead and ….’, and often much much worse. Even casual conversation is like that: ‘Oh he’s an a**** and his wif is a real b****’. None of it is literal or even truthful. It is closer to casual venting and is completely forgotten as fast as it was said.

    I have no doubt Trump has some bad feelings about Sessions, he may even ( incorrectly ) believe the Attorney General is supposed to be loyal to him, protect him, his friends, his Congressman, etc. But that is wildly incorrect. And if you doubt this then stop right there, and please explain why we were so interested in the Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting?

    Sundance: “… accept President Trump at his word“. Now consider that tweet I posted. So we’re at the Rubicon then? We’re at war so it’s time to discard integrity and become lawless at the very highest office of law? Is that where we’re at? Nah. I like my theory better. He vents. He’s a real person. Take it literally at your own risk but don’t be surprised when you march off a cliff believing the pied piper is never wrong.

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  4. CA M says:

    POTUS brings up a key point: Sessions just barely got voted in. Rosenstein, by contrast was a majority. Trump has managed to get the media and the Left to love Sessions (because he is “resisting” Trump!), while Rosenstein is looking like an idiot. Now ask yourself, WHY would Trump do that? If we want to see justice served, what needs to happen? You must trust those who are serving out the indictments. Right now, Sessions has separated himself from Trump enough to make him the darling of the Left (think John McCain), and now as the FISA warrants become unredacted and we all see the truth, he will be able to arrest those guilty without it being about rounding up your enemies, but rather serving justice.

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  5. ZurichMike says:

    Yes, we’ve heard the same since May of last year: that Sessions is horrible, and Trump is upset and Sessions would resign or be fired within 48 hours, or two weeks, or at the end of the summer, or at the end of the week. This chaos narrative, generating drama and tension, has been repeated because apparently there are many with strategic memories of a gnat and are triggered the same way each time.

    Isn’t it odd that the narrative surfaces again just now, right before compromising documents are about to be made public and the left has gone on record for the umpteenth time that Sessions is a beacon of integrity ONLY because there is a disagreement between Sessions and Trump. Uh-huh.

    Sessions has neither been fired or resigned because “muh obstruction” or Trump is scared to fire him. So Trump is no stranger to cleaning out from the top to the bottom when it suits his purposes.

    Trump has no fear in firing people. Here are a few high-profile firings:
    Attorney General Sally Yates,
    FBI Director James Comey,
    FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe,
    Secretary of State Rex Tillerson,
    Undersecretary of Public Affairs at Dept. of State Steve Goldstein,
    White House Dir. of Comms. Anthony Scaramucci, and
    Personal Assistant John McEntee.

    Many more people in positions of power have resigned or more likely asked to resign: Sean Spicer, Steve Bannon, Hope Hicks, Reince Priebus, and many more.

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    • sundance says:

      If Trump fires Sessions, he has Rosenstein and must await a confirmation replacement (political battle). However, if Sessions resigns, Trump can appoint an interim replacement – while awaiting later confirmation.

      Which do you think President Trump would prefer?

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      • G. Combs says:

        I am sorry to contradict, Sundance

        President Trump can appoint an Acting Attorney General for 210 days (ONCE) under the The Presidential Appointment Efficiency and Streamlining Act
        https://www.gsa.gov/governmentwide-initiatives/presidential-transition/legislative-overview/the-federal-vacancies-reform-act-of-1998

        Congressional Paper:

        Summary
        A vacant presidentially appointed, Senate-confirmed position (herein, “advice and consent position”) can be filled temporarily under one of several authorities that do not require going through the Senate confirmation process. Under specific circumstances, many executive branch vacancies can be filled temporarily under the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998 or by recess appointment. In some cases, temporary filling of vacancies in a particular position is specifically provided for in statute. Generally, designation or appointment under one of these methods confers upon the official the legal authority to carry out the duties of the office. Alternatively, an individual may be hired by the agency as a consultant. A consultant does not carry the legal authority of the office, and may act only in an advisory capacity. In many instances, the functions of a vacant advice and consent office may be carried out indefinitely by another official, usually the first assistant, under the terms of an administrative delegation order of the agency head. In such instances, the official carries out these functions without assuming the vacant office.

        https://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RS21412.pdf

        However I think that could be political suicide.

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        • ZurichMike says:

          I do not think it would be political suicide, just more “muh obstruction” nonsense from the media and NeverTrumpers. I, for one, am not concerned. I trusted Trump when I voted for him; I trust him now that he is President. His results are jawdropping and excellent. He is a master communicator and strategist, as well as a titan of negotiating. He tosses out tweets like shiny beams of light to distract frisky cats who have nothing else to do.

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      • Raven says:

        Disagree, Sundance.
        Methinks we haven’t seen the final act of this play yet . . it’s still all theatre.

        My expectation (speculation) is that Rosenstein will initially defy and “resist” the declassification . . unsuccessfully. When they are finally revealed in perhaps two weeks, the truth of this whole sham will be obvious. Rosenstein will either resign or be fired, and most likely the latter.

        This declassification will also show that Sessions’ recusal was deceptively recommended by other deep state actors.
        Sessions, now the darling of the left, will then announce his unrecusal and finally get to do his job.

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        • Countrywatch says:

          I agree with most of what you write, Raven. Am not sure of the first sentence of last para. I still firmly believe that Sessions was playing the role that President Trump wanted, and that Sessions will “unrecuse” himself soon, when there will be fireworks. I understand that Sessions has already contacted the SC for advice/clarity on “unrecusal”. It is all being played out extremely carefully, and by the book, by the President and his team. It is a long hauls but each step has been methodically planned and executed.

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          • farrier105 says:

            Again we have the contradiction of a “secret” plan that is discussed openly by participants, but this time with a Deep Stater, Mueller. Sessions discussed revoking his recusal with MUELLER??? What would Mueller have to do with that? Sessions is an attorney. He can read statutes and regulations and would know when he would be free to “unrecuse” himself. As long as the TRUMP CAMPAIGN is the focus of the investigation, it is doubtful Sessions would revoke recusal, unless Sessions had a narrow reason focused on his responsibility for the names on the fake list of fake foreign policy advisors, and it was fake. They weren’t hired because they were not paid. Page didn’t even get a building pass to get into campaign HQ and did not know Trump at anytime prior to his name going on the list.

            We will know for sure Sessions can revoke recusal when Mueller announces that the Trump Campaign is no longer being investigated, which will never happen until Mueller folds his tent completely.

            The real question is why did Sessions recuse himself from any investigation involving Hillary? He could revoke that tomorrow, in my opinion.

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          • Raven says:

            Countrywatch,

            I’m no lawyer, but if the Mueller investigation is shown to be based on a false premise or fraudulent, then the notion that one should be recused from such an investigation evaporates.

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            • mutantbeast says:

              not only ended. If the declassification proves, as I susppect it will, that actors in the Mule turd camp(like Andrew Weasel Man) knew that the entire probe was based on planted evidence than they themselves need to face justice, and I mean much more than losing there right to practice law.

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          • Donald Fisher says:

            Sessions cannot ‘unrecuse.’
            He said the specific basis of his recusal was the fact that he had worked in the Trump campaign (he had) and was now a DOJ employee (he is). He has in effect stated that he had a vested interest in the outcome of the investigation amounting to an apparent conflict of interest and that therefore had to recuse himself. As long as the investigation continues, he must remain recused.

            Here’s what he said when he recused: “That regulation states, in effect, that department employees should not participate in investigations of a campaign if they have served as a campaign advisor.”

            He was referring to regulation 28 CFR 45.2 – Disqualification arising from personal or political relationship.

            (a) Unless authorized under paragraph (b) of this section, no employee shall participate in a criminal investigation or prosecution if he has a personal or political relationship with:

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      • ZurichMike says:

        There is no requirement that I know of that stipulates that Rosenstein automatically gets to be top dog if Sessions is fired. If that’s the case, he can fire Rosenstein, too (which, according to some, is also long overdue). Intermin replacements can be made while awaiting later confirmation.

        I judge Trump on results, not his tweets.

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      • TJ says:

        Jason Chaffetz trusted Sessions too, but after dealing with him directly, he wrote close to an entire chapter in his new book about his interactions with him and the Obama DOJ.

        The Deep State: How an Army of Bureaucrats Protected Barack Obama and Is Working to Destroy the Trump Agenda
        http://a.co/d/iGuurvi
        https://www.jasonchaffetz.com/

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    • dayallaxeded says:

      Said it several times before, but keep seeing the same hand-wringing over Rosenrat as successor to Mr. Keebler–if I can think of this, VSGPDJT and his advisors had better have thought of it sooner and in far more detail, or we’re in as big or worse trouble as we were with Shrub:

      Fire from the bottom up, through Rosenrat. Replace with MAGA, real LEOs from the real America, people with records of enforcing the law, not political BS. Once the bench is fully built out, fire Mr. Keebler. Done and done. Why wouldn’t this approach work?

      I find it hard to believe that a guy like VSGPDJT who is adept at thinking outside the box and finding novel ways to get things done is really stumped by something as simple as an administrative heirarchy over which he has almost complete control.

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  6. Retired IG says:

    Find it interesting that Rod Rosenstein, the Acting AG, in all matters sundry and controversial to the Russian collusion is not being pounded on by President Trump equally as hard as he does on Sessions. Rosenstein signed a FISA warrant to spy on Carter Page. Refuses to release documents to Congressional and other inquiries, etc. Believe Rosenstein, if he wants to keep his job and his grand government pension should be RECUSING himself so that Sessions HAS to take back his original authority. Rosenstein (the little man in the corner) , in my opinion, is who we should be shedding sunlight on. What his motives are and who are his loyalties to? The US of A? Comey? Obama? Certainly doesn’t appear to be to Pres.Trump and this administration. To me Rosenstein is a cover-up artist. But a really bad one. When exposed to the sunlight, he will fry up like a little tadpole that unfortunately hatches on the top of a swimming pool cover in the spring. Done he is. Over easy.

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  7. Carolina Kat says:

    Sessions should have resigned rather than recuse. He has done a great disservice to his country and displayed a lack of integrity that makes him unworthy for his position. As a person who has hired and fired people, currently employs people, I can tell you that there is nothing worse than a person who lies about his ability to do the job and then fails to do it. Not only is he NOT doing his job, but he is occupying the space so that nobody else can come in and actually be AG (besides his own deputy Rosenstein, BTW, which is the point).

    Honestly how anyone can think this is the President’s fault is beyond me. But if you are the victim of someone’s mendacity I hope you serve yourself with the same judgment and take responsibility for not being omniscient, and become a self-proclaimed fool.

    You don’t live in this life very long before realizing that there are some who will be betray you, Jesus chose Judas, too.

    Stop blaming the President and stop lionizing that little Georgia Creep who lied to get the job and continues lying to keep it.

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    • Karl Ushanka says:

      Agree that Sessions should have resigned. He was never up to the job.

      However, the fact that Sessions was never up to the job – that it was obvious in 2017 – means this IS NOW Trump’s fault. Trump is responsible for everything that happens, and doesn’t happen during his term. And in the DOJ, NOTHING has happened.

      We have lost two years. There won’t be another dynamic and aggressive leader with swamp-draining capabilities like Trump in my lifetime. If we are lucky to have Trump for 8 years, we will only get, at maximum and only if he acts now, 6 years of quality DOJ service.

      And for the record – the people who follow Q and his promises of ‘great things coming’ are morons.

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    • gman-reloaded says:

      Carolina Kat-agreed. I fell for it though-and kept falling for it. Now that my mind is made up that Sessions is part of the swamp and protecting the swamp, I think back to the way he let Kamala Harris, of all humans, during his Senate confirmation hearing, intimidate him.

      Seriously, I want to pummel him all the way back Muscle Shoals

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    • fuzzi says:

      Jesus Christ, the Son of God, omniscient, chose Judas, already knowing that Judas Iscariot would be the one who would betray Him.

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  8. Carolina Kat says:

    Alabama.

    Sorry Georgia.

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  9. SHS says:

    I have noticed that FISA Judge Contreras was recused – not that he recused himself, i.e. he was ordered to recuse himself. I think PDJT should order Rosenstein to recuse himself rather than firing him. This would potentially solve the political issue of a firing while also getting RR out of the way.

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    • Rob says:

      “This would potentially solve the political issue of a firing”

      The political issues would be the same whether he fired RR or forced his recusal.

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    • mutantbeast says:

      Yep. Chief Justice Roberts ordered Contreras( a close friend of one Eric the Ass Hole Der) to recuse himself from sebtencing Flynn after he discovered Contreras was not only one of the FISA judges who issued the wiretap on Trump based on the fake Steele dossier, but also on the fact the FBI agent Flynn supposedly “lied” to was He sucks Soros Peter Strzok. Remember , the forced recusal happened right after the first Strzok/Page texts came out, Im guessing Roberts might have had some info that Contreras was hand picked because hes a far lefty “judge”(Pigbama appointee) and hus close friendship with Strzok.

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  10. Gran1t3 says:

    Didn’t sessions recruit carter page? Or he had something to do with page’s onboarding.
    Sounds like a mole to me.

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    • farrier105 says:

      It was Sam Clovis who came up with the list of NAMES. It is important to remember that it was just that, a list of NAMES.

      “When asked by the Trump campaign for a list of foreign policy advisers, campaign official Sam Clovis reportedly “[produces] the list that included [Carter] Page.” Page later faces scrutiny over his Russian ties. Clovis also receives emails from George Papadopoulos regarding attempts to arrange a meeting between the campaign and Russian leadership.”

      https://themoscowproject.org/collusion/sam-clovis-reportedly-hires-carter-page/

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  11. MelH says:

    Wow, 1,038 responses debating Sessions. Considering the number of times we’ve done this, we would probably be amazed if we compiled the number on all the Sessions articles. If he reads here, he will never need therapy….we’ve psychoanalyzed him to the moon and back.

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    • ZurichMike says:

      And it’s mostly kabuki theater, meant to distract while Trump gets stuff done.

      I judge Trump on RESULTS not his tweets and the ensuing predictable reactions.

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      • fuzzi says:

        Thank you, ZurichMike.

        Trump is good at deflection, and uses Twitter to confuse his opponents, we’ve seen it many times.

        I’m still standing by Sessions until he gets fired.

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      • jeans2nd says:

        ZM, ever notice that when Pres Trump goes quiet on a subject is when people should begin to worry?
        Think back to SOS Tillerson. Pres Trump quit talking about Tillerson, fired him by tweet. Which, incidentally, is one time those tweets meant something, come to think of it.

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        • ZurichMike says:

          Think of the flip side: He called Kim Jong Un “Rocketman” and tweeted all kinds of crazy, saber-rattling comments — little did anyone know that behind the scenes he orchestrating the Singapore summit for his “good friend” KJU.

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      • Thanks Zurich Mike. You and a couple of others, like Blade, have saved me from repeating the same arguments that I have been offering for many months.

        None of us can be 100% sure about what is truly happening behind the scenes—we can only speculate. I think with the Trump presidency—we can throw Occam’s Razor in the trash.

        If the corruption is half as bad as we believe it to be—how do we deal with it without conducting a massive sting operation? How? I do not believe we can do it with traditional means and institutions when those same means and institutions are corrupted.

        So, accepting the premise that there IS a massive sting underway—appearances will be NECESSARILY deceiving to cover the operation. Hence, Occam’s Razor is not very helpful.

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        • Mark McQueen says:

          It’s really very simple. Lets not hang a man before all the facts are in. The Sessions Saga has not played out. I understand why people think Sessions is guilty. I’m waiting for proof, not speculation. You can slice it and dice it 1000 different ways but it it still speculation at this point.

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          • Yes. However, I believe we are sitting on an ever-shrinking branch of the treehouse tree.

            We understand why people think Sessions is guilty—but that understanding is not reciprocated. In fact, I believe many of us are being falsely represented as “die hard Sessionistas” when in reality, as you clearly stated—we are waiting for solid evidence.

            Just as some use the known evidence to pronounce Sessions guilt—I can use the same evidence to argue that we are in the midst of a covert operation to bring the treasonous Swamp bastards to Justice.

            I believe the corruption is so bad that it is not possible to eradicate it without a complex covert operation. I think many people are having a tough time grasping how dire the situation truly is.

            Of course—I am simply speculating.

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            • Mark McQueen says:

              All this stress and division over Sessions is wasted energy anyway. He’s either going to be a big help or he’s being effectively removed from the equation.

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            • fuzzi says:

              Everyone here is speculating, no one knows what our President knows.

              Some of us try to give Sessions the benefit of the doubt, instead of condemning him in the court of public opinion after we call him all sorts of names.

              The rude sort of discourse in this thread is beneath what I have come to expect here at CTH. Did we gain more trolls recently?

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  12. muscadine2 says:

    Sessions, Wray and Rosenstein will go down as protectors of the swamp, corruption, subversion of a Presidency, and their children and grandchildren will hear , ” They were modern day Benedict Arnold’s of this generation”!.. Let us hope that their fear of the establishment (or dirt they probably have on them), cover up for criminal and unethical subversive behavior, will be overcome by courage, growing gonads, and doing the right thing for America will prevail!! If any of them are the INSURANCE POLICY, let all that they try to cover up, be revealed, and all that try to hide, will be uncovered(Matt. 10-26)

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  13. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again- Sessions was never meant to be a wartime consigliere.

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  14. TigerBear says:

    Some commenters here seem to think the President is running a ruse on his base and he is actually NOT disappointed nor really meaning he has no AG, and if thats the case…..many will turn as they are totally believing the words spoken and the tweets written by President Trump. To learn it was all lies and subterfuge, would bring into question everything else he has said or tweeted. Trust would be gone. So…in saying that I hope it isn’t a ruse and President Trump is saying tweeting as he really sees it.

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    • Lunagirl says:

      Trump is not trying to fool his base he is trying to lull the left into a false sense of security that as long as Sessions is at the helm at the DOJ everything will be okay. And he’s never going to admit that it was a ruse, if it is, anyway. He is going to be pleasantly “surprised” at all the stuff Sessions was doing behind the scenes that he was “totally unaware of.” There will be a very public reconciliation with a “I feel badly that he was working so hard and I was so critical of him” yada yada. If you follow Q anon, you either think he is a larp or really someone on the inside. I have come to believe Q anon is really who he(they) say he is – too many back and forth with Trump Tweets and predictions that have come true. And if Q is who he says he is there is no reason not to “Trust Sessions.” My 2 cents. But if you are interested, check out Sessions’ reaction to the “lock her up” chant at a recent high school graduation speech he gave. That’s more than just a twinkle in his eye, me thinks. It’s a man with a plan.
      https://www.nbcnews.com/video/high-school-students-chant-lock-her-up-during-jeff-sessions-speech-1284189763646?v=railb&

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    • Mark McQueen says:

      The President’s true base will not be swayed by the Sessions issue whether it’s good or bad.

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  15. Knight56 says:

    We saw a glimpse of the conservative movement in a Texas special election on Tuesday. Pete Flores, a Republican, was elected to the senate in District 19. This was major because district 19 has not had a Republican representative in 139 years. Pere campaigned on the MAGA standard that Trump campaigned under. This tells me that the republican base is alive and ready to support POTUS Trump and see the country turned around

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    • SouthernTrumpette says:

      “This tells me that the republican base is alive and ready to support POTUS Trump and see the country turned around.”

      I pray to God that you’re right, Knight56 !
      What part of Texas is District 19?

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  16. mutantbeast says:

    Loyalty is fine when its a 2 way street. DJT has been very loyal to Nr M agoo while Mr Magoo and Rockhead Rosenstink have worked to destroy Trumps presidency from within. After the GOP wins 5 senate seats and keeps the house in November, DJT should make his move and fire Magoo, Rosenstink Stink Wray and Coats, all of whom are not working in the best interests of the American public. I can think of several dozen outside names to replace them.

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