A feisty day has been brewing and stewing in the swamps of Washington DC today as two Capitol Hill heavyweights trade might blows.
The first came to us from President Donald Trump, who has been dealing with an increasingly large target on his back over the course of the last few months, (or two years, if we’re being honest). Recent maneuvers from within the trials of former acquaintances Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort have made the Commander in Chief’s next moves vitally important and belying a gravity that is seldom seen in the realm of modern politics.
Amid this turmoil, and likely due to it, the President has lashed out against Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who is accused of having allowed the DOJ to run amok.
Sessions did not care for this insinuation one bit, and has let the President know, in no uncertain terms, exactly how he feels.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions answered needling by President Trump on Thursday with a vow that as long as he runs the Justice Department, it won’t be swayed by politics.
Sessions’ statement was a rare broadside in response to TV and Twitter criticism by Trump of the department, which he and supporters accuse of perpetuating a “witch hunt” in the Russia investigation and going soft on Democrats.
“While I am attorney general, the actions of the Department of Justice will not be improperly influenced by political considerations,” Sessions said.
“I demand the highest standards, and where they are not met, I take action. However, no nation has a more talented, more dedicated group of law enforcement investigators and prosecutors than the United States.”
Trump’s latest complaints about Sessions — from whom he has kept an icy distance for months out of frustration about the Russia inquiry — are that the president only gave the job to the former Alabama senator because of personal loyalty in the 2016 presidential campaign.
The President is unfortunately between a rock and a hard place, so to speak, with both Sessions and Special Counsel Robert Mueller pushing the limits of terminable negligence at a time when firing either could ignite the nation into mass unrest.