Politics Sessions hints more firings possible, defends Rosenstein over conflicts allegations

15:31  14 june  2018
15:31  14 june  2018 Source:   thehill.com

Trump blames Sessions for 'Russian Witch Hunt Hoax'

  Trump blames Sessions for 'Russian Witch Hunt Hoax' President Trump blamed Jeff Sessions Tuesday for the ongoing “Russian Witch Hunt Hoax,” noting that he “would have quickly picked someone else” as attorney general if he knew of Sessions’ decision to “recuse himself.” The president suggested that Sessions, who was involved in the Trump campaign, “knew better than most that there was No Collusion.”“The Russian Witch Hunt Hoax continues, all because Jeff Sessions didn’t tell me he was going to recuse himself…I would have quickly picked someone else.

And, if this is the case, then it’s all but assured that’s it’s going to be “Game Over ” for Mueller and the Democrats. Rosenstein ’s firing would be little more than a shot across the bow at Jeff Sessions , who is increasingly looking to be the Man Who Used AK-47 To Defend Himself Won't Face Charges.

President Trump is considering firing Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein or possibly even AG Jeff Sessions , CNN reports. Officials say if Trump acts, Rosenstein is his most likely target, but it’s unclear whether even such a dramatic firing like this would be enough to satisfy the President…

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions is hinting there could be more fallout from the internal investigations that have rocked the FBI while defending his top deputy Rod Rosenstein against allegations of conflicts of interest.

Sessions told The Hill's new morning show Rising in an excusive interview airing Thursday that the impending release of a Justice Department inspector general report on missteps during ex-FBI Director James Comey's era will better help the agency improve from past mistakes that led to Comey's firing last year.

"If anyone else shows up in this report to have done something that requires termination we will do so," he added.

Sessions explains to Congress rationale for not defending ObamaCare

  Sessions explains to Congress rationale for not defending ObamaCare <p>Attorney General Jeff Sessions sent a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Thursday defending the Department of Justice's (DOJ) rationale for not defending the Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare.</p>"As you know, the Executive Branch has a longstanding tradition of defending the constitutionality of duly enacted statutes if reasonable arguments can be made in their defense," Sessions wrote.

Rod Rosenstein is doing a star turn as principled defender of the law, but he’s performed abysmally as deputy attorney general and President Trump would be I’ve come out of this chat more convinced that firing Rosenstein is just as bad as firing Mueller. Mueller used the memo to defend his scope of the

Some have hinted that firing Rosenstein , the number two official at the Department of Justice, who “I wouldn’t have as much heartburn over Rosenstein , I’m just not sure how much you get with that,” Iowa Rep. On April 11, Trump tweeted that Rosenstein was even more conflicted than Mueller.

He also addressed conservative attacks on Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who took charge of the Russia case more than a year ago when Sessions recused himself because of earlier contacts with Moscow's ambassador during the 2016 campaign.

Congressional Republicans and TV pundits have now alleged Rosenstein has a conflict, because Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating President Trump's firing of Comey as a possible act of obstruction.

Rosenstein played a major role in that termination, and critics say that makes him a witness in the Mueller case.

But Sessions made clear he authorized Rosenstein to remain in charge of the politically charged probe.

"That decision really fell to me , ultimately on the Comey matter," the attorney general told co-host Buck Sexton. "And that's not a disqualifying thing.

"The recommendations we made on the dismissal of Comey resulted from his handling of certain cases that were laid out in his (Rosenstein's) recommendation to me or his analysis to me and my recommendation to President Trump.

To watch Rising's entire interview, go to http://hill.tv/rising starting at 8 a.m.

Senior Justice officials meeting with special counsel team biweekly, source says .
Two senior Justice Department officials from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's office were seen by CNN entering the special counsel's office in DC on Thursday afternoon, and a Justice official tells CNN their meetings are more frequent occurrences than previously known. The two men, Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General Ed O'Callaghan and Associate Deputy Attorney General Scott Schools, entered the building just before 5 pm ET.

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