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  • Deutsche Bank expects subpoenas over Trump-Russia investigation

    07/20/2017 2:59:51 PM PDT · 23 of 23
    kabar to Chgogal
    I have no idea. I do know that there is an ongoing DOJ IG investigation into the handling of the Clinton email scandal. A report will be coming out in the not too distant future.

    Clinton Emails: DOJ Inspector General to Review FBI, Comey Actions

  • Citing Recusal, Trump Says He Wouldn’t Have Hired Sessions

    07/20/2017 11:09:19 AM PDT · 360 of 368
    kabar to Chgogal
    Here is the DOJ press release on the appointment by Rosenstein. It does not indicate that the Comey firing or leaks formed the basis for the appointment.

    Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein today announced the appointment of former Department of Justice official and FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III to serve as Special Counsel to oversee the previously-confirmed FBI investigation of Russian government efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election and related matters.

    “In my capacity as acting Attorney General, I determined that it is in the public interest for me to exercise my authority and appoint a Special Counsel to assume responsibility for this matter,” said Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein. “My decision is not a finding that crimes have been committed or that any prosecution is warranted. I have made no such determination. What I have determined is that based upon the unique circumstances, the public interest requires me to place this investigation under the authority of a person who exercises a degree of independence from the normal chain of command.”

    Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein added, “Each year, the career professionals of the U.S. Department of Justice conduct tens of thousands of criminal investigations and handle countless other matters without regard to partisan political considerations. I have great confidence in the independence and integrity of our people and our processes. Considering the unique circumstances of this matter, however, I determined that a Special Counsel is necessary in order for the American people to have full confidence in the outcome. Our nation is grounded on the rule of law, and the public must be assured that government officials administer the law fairly. Special Counsel Mueller will have all appropriate resources to conduct a thorough and complete investigation, and I am confident that he will follow the facts, apply the law and reach a just result.”

    Special Counsel Mueller has agreed to resign from his private law firm in order to avoid any conflicts of interest with firm clients or attorneys.

    Here is a copy of Order No. 391 appointing Mueller as the special counsel and what he is supposed to be investigating.

  • Citing Recusal, Trump Says He Wouldn’t Have Hired Sessions

    07/20/2017 11:01:17 AM PDT · 359 of 368
    kabar to JayGalt

    I am as strong a Trump supporter as there is at FR, but I don’t believe that Trump is infallible or incapable of making a mistake. In this case, he made a mistake by venting to the NYT.

  • Deutsche Bank expects subpoenas over Trump-Russia investigation

    07/20/2017 10:41:39 AM PDT · 17 of 23
    kabar to Jane Long
    I like Sessions very much, BUT, we should NOT even be at this point.

    How is this Sessions' fault? First, Sessions recused himself after consulting with DOJ's ethics department. Sessions was unaware of the fact that the FBI had been conducting an investigation of the Trump campaign since July 2016.

    Sessions did not order a special prosecutor. Rosenstein did based on Comey's leaks after he was fired by Trump. This was followed by the DJT Jr. disclosure of a meeting with a Russian lawyer and the release of an email chain that indicated that the Russian government was involved. Sessions may have done the same thing as Rosenstein based on these developments.

    Using Sessions as the scapegoat is disturbing on so many levels. He has been a loyal Trump supporter whose early endorsement provided a major boost to the Trump campaign. In addition, the move of Steven Miller from the Sessions senate office staff to the Trump campaign was a major development. Miller authored the position papers on immigration and trade for the Trump campaign. He has authored many of Trump's speeches on the campaign trail and now as President.

    Sessions is a man of great integrity. I consider Sessions to be Trump's best and most important appointment. Let's hope he stays, but I have my doubts. Sessions says he will stay as appropriate--for now. He may be forcing Trump's hand to fire him. If Trump fires Sessions, you will see a significant drop in support for Trump. I have been a very vocal supporter of Trump from the very beginning. I contributed to his campaign and worked on his primary here in SC. If he fires Sessions, I will still support him, but my level of commitment and enthusiasm will drop considerably.

  • Citing Recusal, Trump Says He Wouldn’t Have Hired Sessions

    07/20/2017 9:31:50 AM PDT · 354 of 368
    kabar to Chgogal
    Mueller was appointed under false pretenses orchestrated by Comey as per Comey’s testimony.

    If that is true, why has Trump waited so long to do something about it? He has not called for Mueller's removal previously and now that Mueller is going places that Trump does not like, it will cause a firestorm of protest should he now fire Mueller. They will call it a coverup.

    It is worth remembering that Mueller was interviewed by Trump to fill the vacant FBI job.

  • Citing Recusal, Trump Says He Wouldn’t Have Hired Sessions

    07/20/2017 9:10:29 AM PDT · 351 of 368
    kabar to secondamendmentkid

    Ditto on your remarks. If there is one indispensable man on the Trump cabinet, it is Jeff Sessions. He is the one the Dems fear the most, which is why they tried to block his confirmation and have been advocating his removal ever since. They will be the true winners if Sessions leaves.

  • Citing Recusal, Trump Says He Wouldn’t Have Hired Sessions

    07/20/2017 9:07:33 AM PDT · 349 of 368
    kabar to gov_bean_ counter

    Agreed. The drip, drip, drip of new disclosures coupled with fits of pique marked by attacks against friend and foe alike is unsettling. Trump needs to control his emotions. I still can’t believe he met with the NYT reporters including Maggie Haberman who was the recipient of many leaks from people like Sally Yates and Katie Walsh.

  • Citing Recusal, Trump Says He Wouldn’t Have Hired Sessions

    07/20/2017 8:59:37 AM PDT · 347 of 368
    kabar to Chgogal
    Nixon fired special prosecutor Archibald Cox, which led to the resignations of Attorney General Elliot Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus on October 20, 1973, during the Watergate scandal.

    On November 14, 1973, federal district judge Gerhard Gesell ruled firing Cox was illegal absent a finding of extraordinary impropriety as specified in the regulation establishing the special prosecutor's office. Congress was infuriated by what it saw as a gross abuse of presidential power as did many Americans, who sent an unusually large number of telegrams to the White House and Congress in protest.

    Less than a week after the Saturday Night Massacre, an Oliver Quayle poll for NBC News showed that, for the first time, a plurality of U.S. citizens supported impeaching Nixon, with 44% in favor, 43% opposed, and 13% undecided, with a sampling error of 2 to 3 per cent. In the days that followed, numerous resolutions of impeachment against the president were introduced in Congress.

  • Citing Recusal, Trump Says He Wouldn’t Have Hired Sessions

    07/20/2017 8:54:23 AM PDT · 344 of 368
    kabar to SkyPilot
    You refuse to see this situation for what it is, refuse to acknowledge the basic facts,

    I gave you the "inconvenient" facts. If Trump is unhappy with Sessions, he should fire him. Why hasn't he? Sessions is forcing his hand by saying he will continue to serve "as appropriate."

    You fail to understand the relationship between the President and the AG. Do you want Sessions to remain steadfast to the rule of law or do you want him to be a political puppet like Holder and Lynch who violated the law?

    Sessions consulted with the DOJ's Ethics office before making his decision to recuse himself. He was probably unaware of the ongoing FBI investigation of the Trump campaign until he took office. That investigation no doubt influenced his decision.

    Sessions is a straight shooter who places the rule of law above all else. It has marked his entire public service career including his former service in DOJ for 20 years, as the Alabama AG, and 20 years as a US Senator. He is exactly the kind of person we need and want as AG.

  • Citing Recusal, Trump Says He Wouldn’t Have Hired Sessions

    07/20/2017 8:42:36 AM PDT · 338 of 368
    kabar to SkyPilot
    I am not "wrong." This story has not played out fully yet.

    And Sessions is DIRECTLY to blame for this fiasco.

    How so? Even if he did not recuse himself, he could have appointed a special prosecutor based on Comey's leaks and now DJT Jr.'s Russian lawyer meeting. The FBI initiated an investigation of the Trump campaign in July 2016, long before Sessions was on the scene. A FISA warrant was granted in October 2016. Sessions did not initiate the Steele dossier.

    This "fiasco" is an orchestrated political coup aided by a Keystone Cop reaction by the Trump campaign. Kushner and DJT Jr should have reported their Russian contacts in full instead of multiple amendments of their federal forms. Flynn should have been more candid with the President and Pence. Sessions is a victim, not a perpetrator of this "fiasco." There is plenty of blame to go around.

  • Citing Recusal, Trump Says He Wouldn’t Have Hired Sessions

    07/20/2017 8:20:59 AM PDT · 334 of 368
    kabar to Cboldt
    Good news for now. Maybe Trump called him and apologized for his comments and asked him to stay on. I hope that is the case. The other possibility is that Sessions wants Trump to fire him rather than offering his resignation.

    Trump is upset with the fact that his family's financial dealings are now being investigated by Mueller. He is flailing about trying to find a scapegoat. It is unfathomable to me why he would be bearing his soul to the NYT. He attacked Sessions, Rosenstein, Comey, and Mueller responding to leading questions from the NYT reporters.

    This story is far from over. I hope and pray that Session stays, but if were a betting man, I still think Sessions will leave. Kris Kobach would be an acceptable replacement, but he would cause a firestorm during the confirmation hearings. Kris is now running for governor of Kansas. He was a Deputy AG under Ashcroft.

  • Citing Recusal, Trump Says He Wouldn’t Have Hired Sessions

    07/19/2017 11:34:45 PM PDT · 250 of 368
    kabar to Cboldt

    We will see what happens, but I can’t imagine a situation where Sessions remains as AG. Trump has crossed the Rubicon on this one with his ill-advised comments.

  • Citing Recusal, Trump Says He Wouldn’t Have Hired Sessions

    07/19/2017 11:32:31 PM PDT · 249 of 368
    kabar to Artcore

    The issues of immigration and trade along with protecting the American worker are what won it for Trump. Sessions 2014 article Becoming the Party of Work provided the template for victory. And the move of Steve Miller from Sessions senate staff to the Trump campaign was key. Miller wrote many of the speeches including Trump’s inaugural address and his Warsaw speech. Sessions early endorsement gave Trump a leg up on Cruz.

  • Citing Recusal, Trump Says He Wouldn’t Have Hired Sessions

    07/19/2017 10:11:59 PM PDT · 237 of 368
    kabar to mrsmith

    Rudy has no interest in being AG. What a circus it would be for his confirmation. Rudy has lots of baggage, personal and professional. I can see no reason for him to subject himself to this process.

  • Citing Recusal, Trump Says He Wouldn’t Have Hired Sessions

    07/19/2017 10:09:10 PM PDT · 235 of 368
    kabar to Cboldt

    I find the CTH explanation too clever by half. Sessions will not allow himself to be demeaned and humiliated in such a way. I still predict that Sessions will resign before the week is up.

  • Citing Recusal, Trump Says He Wouldn’t Have Hired Sessions

    07/19/2017 10:03:54 PM PDT · 233 of 368
    kabar to Wissa
    I'm confused here. Are you saying that they screwed him out of committee assignments and that is an indication of what a fighter he is?

    Sessions should have been placed in charge of the Judiciary Committee after the Reps took back control of the Senate. He had been the ranking member. McConnell disliked Sessions who fought against the RINOs in the Senate. McConnell screwed him by appointing Enzi from WY.

    I just kind of skimmed the rest of your post. Having made a long career in the government and being naive aren't mutually exclusive. That he accepted the advice from a bunch of democrats (no doubt supported by never-Trump Republicans) on whether he should recuse himself tells me more about his decision-making than a whole bunch of paragraphs lauding a long history of government service and being a strong conservative.

    The DOJ Ethics Office is composed of career employees. "Employees should always seek the advice of an ethics official when contemplating any action that may be covered by the rules."

    Since Sessions was also a career DOJ employee, he respected their opinion and their role within DOJ. And no doubt Sessions learned of the ongoing FBI investigation of the Trump campaign that had begun in July 2016. This had to be factored into his decision.

    Instead of looking for reasons that he should recuse himself, he should have found some people to lay out all the reasons that it wasn't necessary. But I guess he thought that maintaining his own self-image as a man of unquestionable integrity was more important to him than helping the President.

    "Helping the President" is not the role of the Attorney General of the United States. The mission of DOJ: "To enforce the law and defend the interests of the United States according to the law; to ensure public safety against threats foreign and domestic; to provide federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; to seek just punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior; and to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans."

    One thing I've really noticed since the election is that the media and the Democrats are waging a full-scale war with the aim of destroying Trump's presidency. IMO, only a damned fool voluntarily lays down his arms when the enemy is attacking, just to avoid any appearance of unfairness.

    The Dems most hated person in the Trump administration, aside from Trump himself, was Jeff Sessions. They feared his expertise and conservative views. Sessions worked for DOJ for 20 years and was in the Senate for another 20 years. He knows how the system operates in both the Executive and Legislative branches. He is a dangerous man for the Dems. Now that he will be gone, they can breathe a sigh of relief. The Establishment took out one more in addition to Flynn. Bannon is probably next.

  • Citing Recusal, Trump Says He Wouldn’t Have Hired Sessions

    07/19/2017 9:41:42 PM PDT · 225 of 368
    kabar to palmer
    But I do know this, if he does resign he will instantly become a hero of the left.

    Au contraire. Sessions is hated by the left. They will celebrate his resignation, something they have advocated ever since his confirmation. Every Dem voted against his confirmation except for Mancin.

  • Citing Recusal, Trump Says He Wouldn’t Have Hired Sessions

    07/19/2017 9:38:08 PM PDT · 224 of 368
    kabar to mrsmith

    Trump can’t take back the audio. Sessions will resign later today. No clarification can take back those words. Sessions is a proud man.

  • Citing Recusal, Trump Says He Wouldn’t Have Hired Sessions

    07/19/2017 9:35:45 PM PDT · 223 of 368
    kabar to Cboldt
    I understand the frustration. But I find Trump's assignment of blame to be despicable.

    Couldn't agree more. I guess if your expectation was an AG in the mold of Holder and Lynch, thoroughly political and controlled by the President, then Trump made the mistake of nominating a man of principle, integrity, and wedded to the concept of the Rule of Law. If Trump thinks he can find an AG who will do whatever he commands, then it will be a long search for a replacement.

    The reverberations of this fit of pique will be felt among his supporters. I don't think he understands how respected Sessions is. Will more resignations follow, including Steve Miller and Kris Kobach? Who will be the next scapegoat?

  • Citing Recusal, Trump Says He Wouldn’t Have Hired Sessions

    07/19/2017 9:27:08 PM PDT · 217 of 368
    kabar to SkyPilot

    We will just agree to disagree. The Dems will be the ones celebrating the resignation of Sessions. He was doing a great job as AG. It will be months before we will see a replacement. In the meantime Rosenstein is the AG.