Robert Mueller is Building His Own de Facto Department of Justice
And not so surprisingly, many in the current DOJ are jumping ship. After all, if you’re in the legal profession or DOJ would you rather be associate with Mueller-or Jeff Sessions? Not a tough choice:
“The Department of Justice has been compromised by a corrupt Attorney General in Jeff Sessions, who is desperate to derail the investigation into the Trump-Russia scandal, which could end up landing him in prison. Now that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has been appointed to take over the investigation, it appears he’s come up with a novel way to work around the corrupt nature of Sessions and the broken nature of the DOJ.”
“This week Robert Mueller revealed that he was hiring Michael Dreeben, who is currently the Deputy Solicitor General at the Department of Justice (link). But this is not merely a one-off coincidence. Last week Mueller hired Andrew Wiessman for his team, another top official at the Department of Justice (link). The pattern here is clear enough: Mueller is raiding Jeff Sessions’ own fridge in order to go after him.”
“What stands out is how willing top Department of Justice people are to jump ship on their own careers in order to sign on with Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel operation. This suggests that they no longer see working at the DOJ as viable under the corrupt chaos of Jeff Sessions, or that they can’t continue working for him in good conscience, or that they want to be a part of the team that takes him and Donald Trump down.”
Indeed-Jeff Sessions himself may be going down with Trump. As Chris Cillizza-who likes to pick the Worst Week in Washington every week says, this was a doozy of a bad week for Sessions:
“When stories about you offering to resign due to increasingly strained relations with your boss are the high point of your week, you know it’s not been a good seven days.”
“That’s how it went for Attorney General Jeff Sessions this week.”
“Things started off poorly when a series of pieces detailed his ongoing issues with President Donald Trump. This, from CNN’s Sara Murray and Stephen Collinson, paints an ugly picture for Sessions.”
Trump left Sessions twisting in the wind after this story broke:
“Absolutely, the President has confidence in all of his Cabinet, and if he didn’t, they wouldn’t be here,” deputy White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters on Thursday. Which, in case you’re new to politics, isn’t exactly a full-throated Sessions endorsement.”
It only got worse from there after Comey’s bombshells:
“Sessions’ week went from really bad to holy-cow-what-else-can-happen-to-me on Thursday when fired FBI Director James Comey testified about his interactions with Trump over the Russia investigation. While Sessions wasn’t the focus of the questions (or the answers), he came under some heavy criticism from his former underling.”
“In explaining why he decided not to share his concerns about Trump with Sessions, Comey said: “Our judgment, as I recall, was that he was very close to and inevitably going to recuse himself for a variety of reasons. We also were aware of facts that I can’t discuss in an open setting that would make his continued engagement in a Russia-related investigation problematic.”
Facts we were aware of I can’t discuss in an open session.
“Reportedly Comey revealed in a closed session that Comey revealed there was a third meeting with the Russians, Sessions concealed. Of course, that answers one question but raises a number of others. Was it Kisylak again? What was the nature of these hidden communications.”
“Describing the February 14 meeting in which Sessions was asked to leave the Oval Office so Trump could talk to Comey alone, the deposed FBI director said: “My sense was the attorney general knew he shouldn’t be leaving, which is why he was lingering.”
As for Comey’s ‘leaking’ this seems to be another red herring the GOP is trying to latch onto. Here’s the thing.
1. They were his own private memos he put together himself.
2. Trump didn’t try to claim executive privilege-not that he had a case.
3. Comey has already turned them over to Mueller.
“Comey confirmed he’d turned over his own copies of the memos to Mueller, but he said during testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee this week he’d be comfortable if senators obtained their own copies from Richman or elsewhere.”
Again, the Trump apologists are ignoring the reality that there is a difference-a legal one-between leaking and legitimate whistle blowing that sometimes requires leaks-in certain cases even of claissifeid information.
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