NYTimes has a scoop of sorts, it seems that Comrade Stupid ordered
Renfield US Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard ‘Stonewall’ Sessions III to NOT recuse hisself:
“President Trump gave firm instructions in March to the White House’s top lawyer: stop the attorney general, Jeff Sessions, from recusing himself in the Justice Department’s investigation into whether Mr. Trump’s associates had helped a Russian campaign to disrupt the 2016 election.
“Public pressure was building for Mr. Sessions, who had been a senior member of the Trump campaign, to step aside. But the White House counsel, Donald F. McGahn II, carried out the president’s orders and lobbied Mr. Sessions to remain in charge of the inquiry, according to two people with knowledge of the episode.
“Mr. McGahn was unsuccessful, and the president erupted in anger in front of numerous White House officials, saying he needed his attorney general to protect him. Mr. Trump said he had expected his top law enforcement official to safeguard him the way he believed Robert F. Kennedy, as attorney general, had done for his brother John F. Kennedy and Eric H. Holder Jr. had for Barack Obama.
‘Grain notes: Protecting POTUS is NOT one of the duties of the AG. Where does Comrade Stupid get these ideas?
“Mr. Trump then asked, ‘Where’s my Roy Cohn?’ He was referring to his former personal lawyer and fixer, who had been Senator Joseph R. McCarthy’s top aide during the investigations into communist activity in the 1950s and died in 1986…
Oh, that’s where Comrade Stupid gets these ideas. Figures. Do continue.
…“The special counsel has received handwritten notes from Mr. Trump’s former chief of staff, Reince Priebus, showing that Mr. Trump talked to Mr. Priebus about how he had called Mr. Comey to urge him to say publicly that he was not under investigation. The president’s determination to fire Mr. Comey even led one White House lawyer to take the extraordinary step of misleading Mr. Trump about whether he had the authority to remove him.” …
“The New York Times has also learned that four days before Mr. Comey was fired, one of Mr. Sessions’s aides asked a congressional staff member whether he had damaging information about Mr. Comey, part of an apparent effort to undermine the F.B.I. director. It was not clear whether Mr. Mueller’s investigators knew about this episode.”
Well, Mr. Mueller knows about it now! Meanwhile…
Two of the ninnies from the Freedom Caucus, Mark Meadows and Jim Jordan, published an editorial in
the Washington Wingnut Daily, er, the Washington Examiner calling on Jefferson Beauregard ‘Stonewall’ Sessions to resign:
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…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.
This is a Republican campaign to discredit the Little Kremlin-on-the-Potomac investigation. I wonder if it could count as Obstruction also, maybe in some sort of after-the-fact aiding and abetting?
A new AG would not be bound by Session’s recusal, and could fire Robert Mueller.
“Now, Schumer and other Democrats have changed their tune, suggesting Sessions should stay in the job as long as special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign. ‘I voted against Jeff Sessions and said he never should be there in the first place, given his record on civil rights, on immigration, on so many other issues,’ Schumer said Thursday in the Capitol. ‘My view now is very simple: nothing, nothing should ever interfere with the Mueller investigation.’”