Wednesday, July 26, 2017
JEFF SESSIONS RECUSAL: THE FRUSTRATIONS OF PRESIDENT TRUMP.
ICHEOKU says President Donald John Trump is deservedly right in his beef against Attorney General Jeff Session for his rushed recusal from the ongoing witch-hunt Russia collusion investigation against the president. Anyone in the president's shoes would be; otherwise what is the use then of appointing one's own right hand men and women to certain positions, if such appointees cannot man up and do what is needed to ensure that the president is not unreasonably harangued by his detractors. Attorney General Jeff Sessions should have known when he accepted the appointment that the president expected that the ongoing witch hunt must stop and then help to stop it. But unfortunately, he removed himself from a glaring opportunity to help stop it with his rushed recusal.
What difference then did it make, one would ask, that former Attorney General Lauretta Lynch is no longer running the Justice department if the president is still exposed to the same jeopardy which he would otherwise have had to deal with under the former Attorney General Lynch. How does anyone begin to understand why the president's own appointed Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who should understand certain subliminal messages not to expose the president to further certain avoidable risks including untold distractions, could so easily shirk away when at such risk first rear of its ugly head. ICHEOKU says his primary responsibility at the Justice Department is to ensure that the president is not unfairly targeted by the department nor treated differently by an already antagonistic department, whose former head somewhat colluded with the Hillary Clinton's campaign by meeting with her husband and chief surrogate Bill Clinton at an airport in Arizona.
A wing man of the president and then nominee for the position of the Attorney General of the United States of America would have told Congress, when asked if he would recuse himself, that he cannot in fairness answer the question right away without first studying the matter. That if anything is revealed going forward which makes it impossible for him to continue leading the investigation or that he cannot dispassionately supervise the investigation going forward, that he will then revisit the issue of recusal, advise himself according and act in the best interest of justice and fairness. That is how a seasoned, politically exposed lawyer, would have responded to the question and not to so outrightly bind himself to a MUST recusal. ICHEOKU says it is obvious that his eagerness to land the job forced his volunteered recusal; without first studying its underlying ramifications. At least he would have anticipated such a scenario during the time leading to his nomination and confirmation hearing process and agreed with the president on the best way of navigating such crevice when it comes up.
But no, he was baited and the president was left wondering what use then was his effort in getting Jeff Sessions appointed if he will not be there to at least somewhat get the president's back by preventing unfounded endless investigations. Had Sessions refused to recuse himself or refused to continue with the investigation and also refused to appoint an independent counsel, they all would have been within the purview of his powers and backed by numerous precedents set by his predecessors in office.
In 1997, then Attorney General Janet Reno refused to appoint an independent counsel to investigate Democratic Party and Vice President Al Gore's Chinese fund raising money scandal; and resisted every pressure mounted on her by the Republican Party to appoint an independent counsel to pursue the money scandal to its logical conclusion. She stood firm to the end and successfully pushed back demands for the investigation and did not comply with their demand. As recently as 2012 then Attorney General Eric Holder twice refused to investigate alleged criminal acts involving black voters in Philadelphia and also the Mexico gun running scandal known as Fast and Furious as well as numerous leaks of classified information. He stood firm and shot all the demands down despite the many outcries demanding for investigation and/or appointment of independent counsel to give them a second look.
This is the minimum the president expected of his Attorney General Jeff Sessions; to at least develop some backbone and push back and not to capitulate to Democratic Party's pressure and then see where it all ends up. But to so hopelessly rush and throw in the white flag in surrender to the president's adversaries and antagonists, without a fight and much expected push back, amounts to capitulation and it was seen by the president as unbecoming of a man he considered one of his close lieutenants. If not his Attorney General, who else and the president is not asking anything out of the ordinary or that has never be seen or done before.
The other issue most likely bothering the president is why the Justice Department singled him out for persecution since the alleged offense supposedly took place when he was a candidate for office and he was not the only candidate then running for office. So what is the logic of the Justice Department in still pursing the president for alleged Russian Collusion, which allegedly took place when he was a candidate for the office and one year later, nothing has been revealed or found. Meanwhile the other then candidate Hillary Clinton, whose criminal activities are screaming holy Molly for everyone to see, with over 33,000 deleted emails, smashed hardwares as well as millions of dollars which she received from the Russian Federation, is not being investigated. Where is the fairness and where is the justice and this is a Justice Department being led by the president's appointed Attorney General Sessions?
This is the pain which the president feels; this is the apparent injustice which riles the president as he continuously wonders why give Hillary Clinton such a huge pass while continuously coming after him and singling him out as the bad guy offender or suspect? A matter which would made more sense had former Attorney General Lauretta Lynch still be in charge and calling the shots at the Justice Department. But it is Jeff Sessions that is calling the shots, an appointee of the president and the president cannot seem to get a break or at least a fair shake.
President Trump wanted Attorney General Sessions to man up and cover the flank from the Justice department and not to leave that angle of pointy attacks leaking. It is obvious that the president cannot be left to single handedly continue to defend against all the wars of attrition which the leftist Democrats have mounted and could use some help of the Attorney General by not letting his detractors drive their dagger through frivolous investigations. This is the crux of the matter, the reason the president is showing signs of frustrations and somewhat rueful that he appointed Jeff Sessions the Attorney General and not some other person who would have met the challenge head-on and not chicken out at the slightest push. This is understandable as ICHEOKU would have since acted differently if in the president's shoes. Hopefully both men can find the magnanimity to sit down over their own version of "Obama beer garden summit" and hash out whatever it is that may still be sore between them and then move on with project Make America Great Again.
There is nothing that would delight the far left more than to see a split inside Team MAGA and the president must take this into consideration in continuing whatever beef he may have against Jeff Sessions. The Session mistake has been made and only an amendment going forward will heal broken bones and there is no need exacerbating the matter. ICHEOKU like so many irredeemable deplorables likes Jeff Sessions, admitted would sign unto whatever the president decides as a way out and moving forward from the current impasse. But the devil one knows is better than the stranger angel and ICHEOKU prays the presidents factors this in too in making this final decision; aware that what could replace Session might be a worser Sessions.
The president must also be wary of the difficulty of a confirmation hearing which might pit the president against an unfriendly Senate, which will be angry that one of their own was treated shabbily and might want to take their own pound of flesh. Thankfully, Jeff Sessions' tone that "the President of the United States is a strong leader. He has had a lot of criticisms and he is steadfastly determined to get his job done and he wants all of us to do our jobs and that's what I intend to do" is somewhat reconciliatory. ICHEOKU agrees that the president probably just wants Attorney General Jeff Sessions to be up to speed and not slow the president's agenda and expectations of him down; and does not necessarily want to see him leave the Justice Department. ICHEOKU prays of a good outcome that will still retain Sessions and a satisfied president forgives the recusal and then move on to doing what he does best - Making America Great Again.