Jeff Sessions Prepared To Walk, If Rod Rosenstein Is Fired
It’s hard to say how big of a threat actually exists, but it seems more people are becoming concerned that President Trump is going to do something drastic to end the ongoing Russia probe.
If you want to get a gauge of how things are going in the Trump White House, all you really have to do is watch Trump’s Twitter feed. As events with the investigation, or pretty much anything else unfold, Trump will always give it away with his tweets.
His recent rants against James Comey, Robert Mueller, the Russia probe, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, and the raid on his longtime “fixer,” Michael Cohen’s home and office indicate a considerable amount of angst.
While the official word from the White House is that there are no personnel changes forthcoming, whatever is going on behind the scenes is serious enough that some are reporting that Attorney General Jeff Sessions has threatened to resign, should Rosenstein be fired.
The Washington Post reported Friday that Sessions told White House counsel Don McGahn in a phone call last weekend that he could leave the Justice Department in the event of Rosenstein’s ouster.
Rosenstein is the official responsible for assigning special counsel Robert Mueller to look into Russian interference in the 2016 election, giving him broad scope to pull on any thread of wrongdoing that was uncovered, along the way.
That’s particularly troubling to the Trump faithful. While there may be no straight line to connect Trump, himself, to collusion with Russia, if we’re talking about corruption or criminal activity, in general, things get a little tighter. That’s pretty much the bulk if Trump’s backstory – corruption and criminal activity. The notion that he didn’t tote some of that with him into the White House is a long shot.
In the phone call with McGahn, Sessions also asked for details of a meeting between Trump and Rosenstein that took place on April 12, and was reportedly relieved when he was told that the encounter was cordial, according to the Post.
One person familiar with the phone call told the Post that Sessions did not intend to threaten his resignation, but simply wanted to express his concern that Rosenstein’s ouster would put him in a difficult position.
I’m sure it would. That doesn’t even get into the optics of Trump firing the man many see as responsible for all of Trump’s legal woes, as president.
Reportedly, Rosenstein provided some relief to Trump, by assuring him he wasn’t a target of investigation, currently.
On Friday night, however, Trump’s ragers began anew. We can probably safely assume it has something to do with reports that Michael Cohen may soon give up information that proves to be “uncomfortable” for the president.
Originally Posted: 8:30 am on April 21, 2018
By: Susan Wright