Report: Mueller Looking at Trump’s Attempts to Remove Jeff Sessions

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Trump's brash decision to fire former FBI Director James Comey catalyzed the appointment of special prosecutor Robert Mueller, but Mueller's case may not end with the firing of James Comey.

The Washington Post reports that Mueller is also examining Trump's numerous attempts to try to convince Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign.

In recent months, Mueller’s team has questioned witnesses in detail about Trump’s private comments and state of mind in late July and early August of last year, around the time he issued a series of tweets belittling his “beleaguered” attorney general, these people said. The thrust of the questions was to determine whether the president’s goal was to oust Sessions in order to pick a replacement who would exercise control over the investigation into possible coordination between Russia and Trump associates during the 2016 election, these people said.

This suggests that Mueller's team is probing whether Trump has obstructed justice on numerous occasions, not just by firing James Comey.

As the Washington Post points out, Trump's public war with Jeff Sessions continued this week when Trump said it was "disgraceful" that Sessions asked the Justice Department's inspector general to investigate where the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court had been misled when it approved a warrant for former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

If you asked me I would say the new investigation is a "disgrace" because it's based on a completely unfounded conspiracy theory, but that was not Trump's objection. Trump said it's "disgraceful" because he does not believe the inspector general is sufficiently loyal to him.

CNN also reported last night that Trump has been referring to Sessions as "Mr. Magoo" in private.

Jeff Sessions may be the most right wing conservative attorney general our current Congress is capable of confirming. He has pursued a racist, anti-LGBT agenda that has placed the federal government on the wrong side of history, but none of that truly matters to Trump. What really matters to Trump is complete loyalty and deference to himself.

  • muselet

    As Robert Mueller’s investigation widens, the noose around Donald Trump tightens. Shakespeare would have loved it.


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