For anyone who thought the week in political news could get no more devastating for President Trump, a statement by Sen. Lindsey Graham indicated that it will definitely get worse.
On Thursday, Graham spoke to reporters to say that Trump will most likely fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who was appointed by Trump but then repeatedly slammed for recusing himself from the Russia investigation after he lied to Congress about his own contact with Russian government officials during the transition period between President Obama and Trump.
Trump is hammering AG Sessions in intv with Fox News. Says he hasnt gotten control of DOJ
"What kind of a man is this?" Trump asks about Sessions' recusing himself from Russia probe. "By the way, the only reason I gave him the job, I felt loyalty. He was an original supporter."
— Karen Travers (@karentravers) August 23, 2018
Sessions also stated that he believed the firing will take place following November’s midterm elections and that Trump will immediately appoint an interim attorney general in order to take control of the Mueller investigation himself. However, the announcement of Sessions’ firing may come much sooner than Graham expected since CNN witnessed Sessions arriving at the White House on Thursday afternoon just hours after Trump berated and attempted to once again influence him in a Fox News interview.
Jeff Sessions just arrived at the White House…………..
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) August 23, 2018
Sessions fired back shortly afterward, according to The Boston Globe:
‘I took control of the Department of Justice the day I was sworn in, which is why we have had unprecendented success at effectuating the President’s agenda…While I am Attorney General, the actions of the Justice Department will not be improperly influenced by political considerations. I demand the highest standards, and where they are not met, I take action,” Sessions said. “However no nation has a more talented, more dedicated group of law enforcement investigators and prosecutors than the United States.’
— Fox News (@FoxNews) August 23, 2018
Should Trump attempt to lead the investigation into Russian hacking and influence during the 2016 elections, which they are alleged to have committed in collusion and with the support of then-candidate Trump, it will more than likely lead to his impeachment. While Graham dismissed those thoughts by saying the president is “entitled to an attorney general he has faith in, somebody that’s qualified for the job,” the clear indication that the firing is more about obstruction of justice than any incompetence on Sessions’ part will undoubtedly be questioned.
While the relationship between @POTUS & his AG has disintegrated entirely by now, I can’t help but think back to the campaign: Jeff Sessions was the first senator to endorse Donald Trump, at that massive rally in AL. Was a surrogate and cheerleader all campaign long. And now… https://t.co/K3HzzPjpBJ
— Hallie Jackson (@HallieJackson) August 23, 2018
Congress has yet to pass any legislation protecting the Mueller investigation, despite numerous proposals to do so by Democrats.
Featured image via Facebook by U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham