Sha nah nah nah, nah nah nah nah, hey hey hey, GOODBYE!
As you’ve probably already heard, Jeff Sessions is no longer the U.S. attorney general. His resignation from the job which many feel that he never truly started came less than 24 hours after the midterm elections in which the GOP added to its existing Senate majority.
Republicans will likely now need those new seats to confirm whomever President Trump nominates to replace him.
The Wall Street Journal has reported a list of potential candidates from whom that may be. However, there are some higher-profile options whom the president may also want to consider.
To vote for the new AG in an online poll between Representative Trey Gowdy, Fox News Host Jeanine Pirro, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, and DC lawyer Joseph DiGenova, click here to go to Twitter. The poll closes on November 14th.
Or to see the list from Wall Street Journal, click here.
For the time being though, Sessions’ former chief of staff, Matt Whitaker, has been left in charge at the Justice Department. Theoretically, as the acting attorney general, Mueller now answers to him – at least until the Senate confirms a presidential nominee to replace Whitaker’s former boss.
And while many on both sides of the aisle seem to be bidding good riddance to Sessions, his departure leaves the staff whom he helped to put in place at the DOJ shrouded in uncertainty. This seems especially true of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who is no longer overseeing the so-called “Russia investigation” as of Wednesday afternoon when that duty automatically passed to Whitaker. And since Rosenstein can no longer rely on that role for his own job security, many are now watching to see if he too will resign or be fired.
Before the midterms, the New York Times ran an article claiming that Rosenstein had discussed using the Twenty-Fifth Amendment to remove President Trump from office as well as the possibility of having then–Deputy-FBI-Director Andrew McCabe wear a wire to secretly record conversations in the White House.
Later that day, as if in response, President Trump addressed a crowd at a rally by talking about the “bad” people whom he had removed from leadership roles at the FBI as well as about a “lingering stench” remaining at the DOJ which Trump pledged his administration was going to remove:
Many might see the resignation of former Attorney General Sessions, which appears to have been forced by Trump, as the fulfilling of the first half of that pledge, with the other half outstanding in the form of Rosenstein’s job.
Further, it does seem unfortunate that Sessions stubbornly persisted for so long as AG given that if he had only left earlier with more of his reputation intact then he probably could have reclaimed his Senate seat and headed off a real fiasco in his home state while also further bolstering the GOP. As it stands now though, Sessions seems unlikely to ever be a serious contender for federal office again.
Indeed, back in January, AL.com ran an article under the headline, “Like your crotchety, antiquated uncle, Sessions no longer represents the Alabama (or America) many of us want to be”.
It is kind of humorous though to watch some of those on the left who are simply grief stricken over his initial nomination try to lionize Sessions now as some kind of martyr in their ongoing war against Trump.
But don’t look for consistency amongst hypocrites.
Martin Gottesfeld is a human rights activist facing up to 15 years under the CFAA for helping save Justina Pelletier. To learn more or donate to support him, please visit FreeMartyG.com.