Sessions: If Trump Fires Rosenstein, I’ll Quit

Donald Trump handpicked former Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions to be the United States Attorney General. Said pick has led to a number of things that have been very bad for the Trump Administration. Firstly, as a lawyer and an officer of the court, Sessions knew he had no choice but to recuse himself from anything to do with the investigation into the Trump campaign’s possible collusion with the Russian government with the Russian government in the 2016 presidential election. Said recusal has led to a steady drumbeat of attacks on Sessions from Trump, and the eventual appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, after Trump fired now-former FBI Director James Comey. Now, Trump is gunning for the firing of Sessions’ second-in-command, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

While Sessions was the first sitting United States Senator to endorse Trump, and is someone who is largely credited with giving Trump’s campaign mainstream GOP credibility, the fact that he is a lawyer does not waiver. There seems to be lines that he will not cross. Sessions seems to be unable and unwilling to become a toady who is willing to go to jail or risk his law license to carry water for Trump, and he certainly seems unwilling to sit idly by while Trump systematically seeks to destroy the Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the lines that have always deliberately existed between the White House and the institutions of justice that preserve our democratic republic.

According to The Hill, Sessions told White House Counsel Don McGahn that any attempt to remove the Deputy Attorney General could possibly result in his own resignation at the Department of Justice. For all of his racist, misogynistic, homophobic ways, I gotta give it to Jeff Sessions on this one – he definitely seems to have a line. There will be no dictatorship at his version of the Department of Justice. He’d rather resign. In this budding dictatorship with Donald Trump as “president,” that is the honorable thing to do.

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