The Russia investigation is, of course, continuing despite the Republicans’ many efforts to put an end to it. The president went so far as to fire the head of the Russia investigation last year, but him abruptly choosing to force James Comey out of the job didn’t actually help his case. Soon after Comey’s firing, Special Counsel Robert Mueller took over the investigation.
The president has been joined in his efforts by Congressional Republicans, who have in some cases been alleged by Democrats to be seeking to put an end to Congressional investigations into the Russia scandal. Some Republicans — including Fox News hosts who have been close to the president and remain his favorite source of information — have been pressing for Mueller’s investigation to also be ended.
Now, two leading Congressional conservatives have a new idea for how to put an end to not the investigations into the president’s team, but rather into the Russia scandal as a whole.
These Congressmen published their views in The Washington Examiner, stating that it’s seemingly time for Jeff Sessions to be out as the nation’s Attorney General unless he can stop leaks to the press from inside the Justice Department.
Reps. Jim Jordan and Mark Meadows point to the continuous stream of press coverage about various aspects of the Russia scandal as evidence for why they say Sessions should go. These stories, they say, have helped the Russia scandal overpower narratives more to their liking, and they say that Sessions should have been able to put a stop to these leaks some time ago.
The Congressmen wrote, speaking of a near continuous stream of leaks from inside the DOJ:
‘Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from the Russia investigation, but it would appear he has no control at all of the premier law enforcement agency in the world. It is time for Sessions to start managing in a spirit of transparency to bring all of this improper behavior to light and stop further violations. If Sessions can’t address this issue immediately, then we have one final question needing an answer: When is it time for a new attorney general? Sadly, it seems the answer is now.’
The lawmakers point to a recent incendiary story from The New York Times alleging that a drunken revelation from former Trump adviser George Papadopoulos to Australia’s representative to the U.K. is what sparked the original Russia investigation on the part of the FBI. Papadopoulos had gotten wind of the Russian government possessing dirt on Hillary Clinton in the form of tens of thousands of emails, and that’s the info that Alexander Downer eventually passed on to the United States.
The Congressmen don’t find this story to be very credible, seeing as the FBI didn’t, apparently, seek to even get in touch with George Papadopoulos until after the election, something the Congressmen don’t believe would be the case if he’d really been at the center of their investigation. The story was based in part on reporters’ conversations with officials at the DOJ, and the Congressmen allege that Sessions could have kept it from coming out.
This is not the first time that Sessions has faced apparent pressure to exit his position. He’s faced pressure to right alleged wrongs at the DOJ or else from the president himself, who is upset that Sessions ever recused himself from the Russia investigation in the first place. Sessions did so after it came out that he himself could credibly be considered a possible subject of the Russia investigation.
The members of the House Freedom Caucus, it’s worth noting, have proven to be a thorn in the executive branch’s side in the past, with their opposition to original iterations of the GOP health plan throwing a roadblock in the party’s way.
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