During an interview on Fox News this morning, Attorney General Jeff Sessions stood by his decision to recuse himself in the Russia case. It has been known for a while now that President Trump has been frustrated by that decision, and Maria Bartiromo asked Sessions if he regrets it. “I believe I did the right thing,” he responded, “the only thing i could do. I participated in this campaign, and as such, under explicit regulations of the Department of Justice, no one can participate in the investigation of a campaign in which they were an active participant.” Bartiromo also asked him about how he can “turn this ship around,” referring to how “politicized” the FBI and DOJ have been. The AG did not quite accept that premise, simply saying “we are setting a tone of professionalism and responsibility.” Watch above, via Fox News. [image via screengrab Continue reading "Jeff Sessions Stands by Decision to Recuse in Russia Investigation: ‘I Did the Right Thing’"
Samantha Bee is at it again tonight in full force, tackling issues of race and discrimination in the government. After a brief interlude in which she suggested that President Donald Trump was left alone with the Nunes memo and that he “fucked the memo, [and] had the memo spank him with a smaller version of the memo,” (referring, of course, to a rumor about Stormy Daniels that Trump wanted her to spank him with a copy of Forbes), Bee moved on to eviscerating the FBI over the treatment of Christopher Daniels. Daniels has been in federal custody since December and was “reportedly the FBI’s first arrest under its brand new terror threat designation, ‘black identity extremist.'” “What is a black identity extremist and why is the FBI targeting them? No one is quite sure, least of all the people in charge of the FBI,” Bee said, cutting to Continue reading "Samantha Bee Skewers FBI For Racist Policies: ‘They Fit Right in to the Trump Administration’"
Attorney General Jeff Sessions says the FBI needs a “fresh start” after being wrapped up in so many political controversies over the last two years. Sessions spoke with Washington Examiner for a story published Tuesday. He began by taking questions about the departure of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. President Donald Trump has made his opinions of McCabe quite clear over the past few months. And his departure, along with the ouster of former director James Comey, will give the FBI a chance to win back confidence from the American people — according to Sessions.
“Well, I have believed it was important to have a fresh start at the FBI, and actually, it was in my letter to the president when I recommended Comey’s removal. I used the words, ‘fresh start,’ and the FBI director is Chris Wray, a very talented, smart, capable leader.”Sessions suggested that the Continue reading "Jeff Sessions: McCabe, Comey Ousters Will Give FBI a ‘Fresh Start’ After ‘Erosion’ of Public Trust"
A new report states that President Trump has a “two-track strategy” to deal with the special counsel investigation into Russia, and it involves having Robert Mueller and his team prosecuted. In the past, Trump has stated that he expects Mueller will be fair to him, and the investigation will find no collusion between Trump and Russia. However, Trump apparently wanted to fire Mueller last year, and the president might’ve been trying to impugn the special counsel investigation via his repeated slams against Andrew McCabe, who stepped down yesterday as Deputy Director of the FBI. NBC News’ Howard Fineman states that if Mueller does not exonerate Trump from collusion or obstruction of justice, the president’s next move is to make Jeff Sessions get Mueller off the case. From the report:
The Trump strategy is to discredit the investigation and the FBI without officially removing the leadership. Trump is even Continue reading "Trump Reportedly Thinking of Trying to Derail Russia Probe by Having Sessions Prosecute Mueller"
Last week, Associate Attorney General Stephen Boyd sent a letter to House Intelligence Committee chair Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) that releasing the much-discussed memo Nunes and his staff prepared purportedly claiming FISA abuses would be “extraordinarily reckless.” Boyd stated that publicly releasing the document without having the DOJ and FBI review it would risk ongoing investigations. Well, someone was really not happy with Boyd for sending that latter. According to Bloomberg, President Donald Trump flipped out when he found out about Boyd’s letter. Flying to Davos on Air Force One, Trump’s frustrations reportedly “boiled over” when he was informed.
Trump erupted in anger while traveling to Davos after learning that Associate Attorney General Stephen Boyd warned that it would be “extraordinarily reckless” to release a classified memo written by House Republican staffers. The memo outlines alleged misdeeds at the FBI and Justice Department related to the Russia investigation.Continue reading "Trump Reportedly ‘Erupted in Anger’ After Associate AG Said Releasing House Memo Would Be Reckless"
During a press spray in the Oval Office today, President Donald Trump said he’s not the least bit worried about the news that Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke to Special Counsel Robert Mueller for his Russia probe. The attorney general was interviewed for several hours last week, making him the first member of Trump’s cabinet to speak with the Special Counsel about Russian election interference and whether there was any collusion with the Trump campaign. Trump allowed the media to join him on Tuesday as he signed a bill to place tariffs on several technological imports, and he ended up taking several questions about what he thought about Sessions talking to Mueller. Trump said he didn’t speak to Sessions about the interview, but “I’m not at all concerned” about it. Trump also took the opportunity to refute the recent reports saying that FBI Director Christopher Wray threatened to resign Continue reading "Trump: ‘Not at All Concerned’ About Sessions Talking to Robert Mueller"
The New York Times reported this morning that Attorney General Jeff Sessions was interviewed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office for several hours last week as part of the probe into Russian election interference and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials. A Justice Department spokesperson provided the details to the Times. This represented the first time the special counsel had interviewed a member of Trump’s cabinet. Sessions was not subpoenaed and instead went into the interview voluntarily. Back in March, Sessions recused himself from the Russia investigation after he failed to disclose meetings with the Russian ambassador during his confirmation hearing. It is assumed that Mueller’s team asked Sessions about his involvement in former FBI Director James Comey’s firing, which President Donald Trump has indicated was due to the Russia probe. Also, during the campaign, Sessions was present during meetings involving former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos Continue reading "Jeff Sessions Was Questioned For Several Hours By Mueller as Part of Russia Probe"