President Donald Trump went on a tweetstorm earlier Wednesday when he openly attacked Attorney General Jeff Sessions for not aggressively pursuing claims that the FBI and Justice Department may have misled a foreign intelligence court.
“Why is A.G. Jeff Sessions asking the Inspector General to investigate potentially massive FISA abuse. Will take forever, has no prosecutorial power and already late with reports on Comey etc. Isn’t the I.G. an Obama guy? Why not use Justice Department lawyers? DISGRACEFUL!” – Donald J. Trump
While Trump has attacked Sessions in the past, Sessions has never really pushed back, until now. He released a statement shortly after Trump’s tweet:
“As long as I am the Attorney General, I will continue to discharge my duties with integrity and honor, and this Department will continue to do its work in a fair and impartial manner according to the law and Constitution,’’ Sessions said in the statement.
But, now, according to the Washington Post, Trump is also making fun of the Attorney General behind his back, and he’s referring to him as a cartoon character:
“Behind the scenes, Trump has derisively referred to Sessions as “Mr. Magoo,” a cartoon character who is elderly, myopic and bumbling, according to people with whom he has spoken. Trump has told associates that he has hired the best lawyers for his entire life, but is stuck with Sessions, who is not defending him and is not sufficiently loyal.
While Sessions has told associates he had been wounded by the attacks, he has also insisted he’s not going to resign, so the cold war continues.”
We thought Trump’s public beratement of Sessions was bad, but this is really bad.The leading attorney of the United States has to endure this kind of treatment from the commander-in-chief.
In the past, Trump has called Sessions “beleaguered,” but it turns out Sessions might get the last laugh. The Post also reported that Mueller is investigating Trump for the actions he took last Spring and July when he considered firing him:
“In recent months, Mueller’s team has questioned witnesses in detail about Trump’s private comments and state of mind in late July and early August of last year, around the time he issued a series of tweets belittling his “beleaguered” attorney general, these people said. The thrust of the questions was to determine whether the president’s goal was to oust Sessions in order to pick a replacement who would exercise control over the investigation into possible coordination between Russia and Trump associates during the 2016 election, these people said.”
trump's burning hatred for Mueller is causing him to continue to lash out at Mr Magoo Sessions. pic.twitter.com/oIQDnthPWC
— Tina-TheResistance (@trcfwtt) March 1, 2018
Heck, if Sessions resigns, which he won’t, he should at least still testify against Trump with everything that he knows. That would be the perfect payback.