It has been no secret how much Donald Trump dislikes Attorney General Jeff Sessions. It began when the AG legally recused himself from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Russian attack on the 2016 presidential election and possible Trump campaign conspiracy. Bob Woodard’s new, aptly named book, Fear, gave the details.
The award-winning journalist spent hundreds of hours on “deep background” interviews with those who work with and used to work with the president. Among those was the former White House staff secretary Rob Porter.
The Washington Post received an advance copy of the book, which will be available to the public September 11. In it, he wrote about the president mocking his AG. Trump called the AG a “traitor” and said to Porter in an exaggerated Southern accent:
‘This guy is mentally retarded. He’s this dumb Southerner. He couldn’t even be a one-person country lawyer down in Alabama.’
That should go over well in Alabama. Trump has said that he would not have hired Sessions had he known that the AG planned to opt out of the investigation. He wondered what kind of guy does that?
Opting out was the attorney general’s only legal avenue. Sessions was among the first senators to support the Trump presidency. However, it appears that Sessions met with a Russian oligarch during the Trump campaign. Leading the Russia investigation would have been a direct conflict of interest.
Trump wanted a fixer and protector on the national level. That is not the job of the attorney general, who should operate outside of the political reaches of the Executive Branch. The New York Times reported that the president said he wanted someone like Senator Joseph McCarthy’s top aide and Trump former personal old attorney/fixer:
‘Where’s my Roy Cohn?’
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