How Trump Could Oust Sessions if He Declines to Quit

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 28, 2017

Our Constitution provides Trump with a simple two-step process to rid himself of the meddlesome prosecutor he so fears. US intelligence intercepted electronic communications between then-Ambassador Kislyak and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in which Kislyak said he and Sessions discussed campaign issues at meetings the two men had. Attorney general appointments require Senate confirmation, and even this timid Republican majority won't let Trump appoint whomever he wants.

Here's the bottom line: Sessions had initially undisclosed contact with the Russians, and Rosenstein may well be the key witness on the issue of why the President really fired Comey.

"The attorney general followed the rules and guidelines of the Department of Justice", she said.

The Washington Post reported Friday evening that Russia's ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak, told Russian officials that during the presidential election he and Sessions talked about the campaign and policy matters when Sessions served as an adviser to Trump's campaign.

The same could happen if Trump starts waving pardons around, particularly when they would be intended so obviously to protect himself and his family.

US President Donald Trump declared on Saturday that he has "complete power to pardon", as his administration confronts ongoing investigations of possible ties between his 2016 campaign and Russian Federation.

All McConnell needs to do is keep the Senate in session.

The full section of the Constitution dealing with the pardon power - Article II, Section 2, Clause 1 - declares that the president "shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offenses against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment".

Sessions has survived the weekend, but it probably will only be a matter of time before he resigns or is dismissed, possibly while Congress is in its lengthy summer recess, which begins on July 31.

Trump promised to try to restore higher levels of military funding, but also urged the crowd of about 6,500 - many in uniform - to help him push this year's budget, in which he said he will seek an additional $54 billion in defense spending, through Congress.

Why not just fire Sessions?

Sanders was responding to a question by Stephanopoulos about a tweet by the president Saturday decrying what Trump called "a new intelligence leak" about Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

But if Mueller is following the money, it will lead from the Trump family to a lot of people and transactions in Russian Federation - often with ties to the Kremlin. "FAKE NEWS", Trump posted on Twitter.

The Kushners and Trump share a number of values, chief among them, their overarching belief in family loyalty before anything. "But when it came to people who worked directly under him... just to fire you because you are no good was very hard for him".

Meanwhile, look at the WaPo blockbuster on Sessions as a warning shot to Trump from an intelligence community with the balls congressional Republicans lack as they find ways to pretend that Trump has not embraced America's leading foe and its own president even while belatedly condescending to bipartisan support for tough new Russian Federation sanctions for its election interference and annexation of Crimea. The report claimed that US intelligence agencies are in possession of intercepts relating to Sessions' meetings with the Russian ambassador to Washington, Sergey Kislyak. He also told them he fired James Comey as Federal Bureau of Investigation director because Comey was digging into the Russian matters and would not back off. That is, Trump was candid with two Russian officials steeped in intelligence gathering, but not the American public.

It also showed that Jeannie Rhee, who Mueller also appointed to the special counsel, gave a combined total of $9,150 to the Democratic National Committee, Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign, as well as Democratic Sens.

The centrifugal force of Trump frenzy is spinning off allies in Republican and conservative elites who have been clinging to his coattails since November in the hopes of enacting their agendas.

"And that is what the boarder patrol, the experts on the ground, who are in charge of keeping us safe and enforcing our laws, are telling us", he said. Mueller is nearing the end of his 12 years as head of the law enforcement agency that is conducting high-profile investigations of the Boston Marathon bombings, the attacks in Benghazi, Libya, and leaks of classified government information.

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