President Trump has made it no secret that he regrets putting Jeff Sessions in charge of his Justice Department. At least once a week, Trump will voice his grievance with the former Alabama senator, wishing he had nominated someone more loyal to him.
Earlier this month, Trump openly regretted picking Sessions as A.G. because Sessions recused himself from the investigation into possible Russian collusion. (RELATED: Trump Calls on Sessions to End Special Counsel.)
We know Trump wants to fire Sessions and appoint a new Attorney General. But we also know that firing him could look bad to Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is still investigating ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Well, Senator Lindsey Graham, a close confidant of Trump’s, just revealed when Trump is most likely to give Sessions his walking papers.
From The Hill:
Graham told Bloomberg that Trump is “entitled to an attorney general he has faith in” but warned Trump against firing Sessions ahead of the midterms, saying it would “create havoc.”
JUST IN: Sen. Lindsey Graham voices support for President Trump to fire AG Jeff Sessions following his unwillingness to outroot corruption at DOJ pic.twitter.com/eWtjNGcHtc
— Wired Sources (@WiredSources) August 23, 2018
Of course, it’s hard to blame Trump for wanting to fire Sessions. He’s been wholly unhelpful in rooting out the corruption that almost helped Hillary win the presidential election through the actions of a bunch of bad actors. And he’s stonewalling the congressional investigation into the FBI’s actions during the 2016 election that stinks of favoritism.
I see one issue here, though. It’s perfectly within Trump’s power to relieve Sessions from his position. In fact, it’s unquestionable, legally speaking. However, it may not be the wisest thing to do before the Mueller probe is finished.
Rudy Giuliani, the President’s personal lawyer, said that Trump most likely won’t fire Sessions until Mueller’s investigation is finished. I think that’s the smarter move here. Right now, Mueller’s best chance of nailing Trump is that he fired James Comey as head of the FBI in order to impede the inquiry into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.
Firing Sessions may somehow provide more evidence that Trump is trying to interfere with the Mueller probe. It’s best to let the investigation end before pulling off something so dramatic.
But, Trump’s his own man and will do what he feels is best.