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Rudy Giuliani says Sessions was right to recuse himself

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Reported by CNN:

Sessions “made the right decision under the rules of the Justice Department” in recusing himself from the investigation, Giuliani told CNN on Monday after landing at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

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Andrew E. write in a comment:

Sessions is not an immigration hope. Sessions accomplished nothing towards that end as a Senator. He had no following pre-2015 and no prospects for effecting any kind of immigration reform. It was only Trump who gave victory to the immigration patriot movement. All hope on immigration lives or dies with Trump, not Sessions.

There’s not much Sessions could do when he was the only one out of 100 Senators who was against immigration.

I agree that the Trump campaign changed the zeitgeist, and that only Trump could have done it. See my only Trump post.

But my observation is that Trump isn’t paying attention to most of the stuff he said when he was campaigning. Why is his administration wasting what little political capital it has on repealing Obamcare, which Republicans obviously don’t want to repeal anymore, instead of using it to fund the wall or require mandatory E-Verify?

Sure, Trump can replace Sessions with a yes-man, but if Trump isn’t pushing immigration from the top down, which he’s not, then the yes-man isn’t going to do it.

So yes, Sessions is the immigration hope. As AG, he’s changing policies so that immigration laws are actually being enforced.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

July 25, 2017 at 11:11 pm

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  1. But my observation is that Trump isn’t paying attention to most of the stuff he said when he was campaigning. Why is his administration wasting what little political capital it has on repealing Obamcare, which Republicans obviously don’t want to repeal anymore, instead of using it to fund the wall or require mandatory E-Verify?

    He talked about repealing obamacare to the roaring approval of his idiot crowds at every single rally. You just want him to conform to your own private fantasy of his campaign.

    And Andrew E. needs to recognize that Trump’s attitude towards session is an indicator of his broader intentions on immigration.

    Magnavox

    July 25, 2017 at 11:27 pm

    • Why is his administration wasting what little political capital it has on repealing Obamcare, which Republicans obviously don’t want to repeal anymore,

      Because it’s connected to tax cuts, lowering costs for rich people and corporations.

      instead of using it to fund the wall or require mandatory E-Verify?

      Because that will reduce cheap labor which………increases the costs on rich people and corporations.

      Follow – The – Money!

      Rifleman

      July 26, 2017 at 6:59 am

      • Yes Trump is a typical Republican who is pro wealthy, pro corporation, and pro Israel instead of being pro white, pro male, and pro christian. For all his transgressions Trump doesn’t seem terribly interested in breaking the taboos against having the government serve the interests of actual Republican voters

        Magnavox

        July 26, 2017 at 11:11 am

      • What’s wrong with being pro Israel? Better to be pro Muslim?

      • He should be pro white American christian. It’s sick the way that group has sublimated what could be a healthy self preservation into an obsession with preserving Israel. They should at a minimum have no feelings towards Israel

        Magnavox

        July 26, 2017 at 12:53 pm

      • The Israel stuff is neo-Nazi propaganda.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        July 26, 2017 at 1:15 pm

      • really should be talking about how Israelis ought to have diversity shoved down their throats the same way American Jews have shoved it down America’s. I personally hate Israel.

        Magnavox

        July 26, 2017 at 12:53 pm

      • Israel isn’t pushing for diversity in other countries. Netanyahu hated Obama.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        July 26, 2017 at 1:16 pm

      • The Israel stuff is neo-Nazi propaganda.

        Then why don’t you ban him like I and gothamette suggested, especially when this troll often calls you stupid?

        The Undiscovered Jew

        July 26, 2017 at 2:43 pm

      • Why is his administration wasting what little political capital it has on repealing Obamcare, which Republicans obviously don’t want to repeal anymore, instead of using it to fund the wall or require mandatory E-Verify?

        Because there is little to no constituency within the GOP that supports socialist medicine and economics.

        The Undiscovered Jew

        July 26, 2017 at 2:45 pm

      • He should be pro white American christian.

        Christians are supposed to support Israel because the restoration of Israel (in the Christian viewpoint) proves the Abrahamic Covenant, which was an unconditional promise by God, still fully applies to the Jews.

        The Undiscovered Jew

        July 26, 2017 at 2:47 pm

      • Netanyahu has publicly backed Orban too.

        Sid

        July 26, 2017 at 2:54 pm

  2. Your political observations and analysis have been very good since the GoT post. Not that your Trump analysis wasn’t pretty good before but it’s been flawless the last couple of days.

    I’ve no qualms about arguing when I disagree. And I’m just as free with the praise when I agree.

    destructure

    July 25, 2017 at 11:41 pm

  3. “But my observation is that Trump isn’t paying attention to most of the stuff he said when he was campaigning.”

    And you are surprised at that?

    Come on. Trump is a con man. Remember Trump University?

    Buy American? Everything Trump makes is manufactured overseas.

    Reduce legal immigration? All of Trumps business are depended on temporary foreign workers.

    It’s all a con.

    Yes Trump is taking little steps, speeding up deportations. Obama was already deporting more than previous administration. Trump is upping it more. But this is all window dressing. He is not going to fundamentally change things unless he can confine Congress to change the law.

    mikeca

    July 26, 2017 at 12:37 am

    • Come on. Trump is a con man.

      If so then the Trumpphobes need to relax, it’s all a con. Nothing to fear!

      http://rs123.pbsrc.com/albums/o319/Courtequeue/drole/MBlS7Wr.gif~c200

      Rifleman

      July 26, 2017 at 7:04 am

    • “Obama was already deporting more than previous administration.”

      It’s amazing how long this blatant lie stays alive. Almost nobody was getting deported in a real sense. Team Obama simply started counting border turn-backs as “deportations” and they focused on that. No immigrants were “living in the shadows” during the Obama years. They were fat, dumb, happy and totally secure.

      peterike

      July 26, 2017 at 8:29 am

      • Back in the 1980s and 90s, INS use catch large numbers of illegals near the border and just put them on buses and send them back to Mexico. These were classifies as voluntary returns, not deportations. No records were kept of who was being caught and returned.

        Starting late in the Bush administration the policy INS began fingerprinting and formally deporting most illegals caught near the border. This meant records were now being kept of illegal crossings. People caught many times could be criminally charged and spend time in jail. People caught in the interior far from the border could be deported based on previous deportations near the border.

        Deportation in the interior were far more focused on people with criminal records, including illegal border crossings. Enforcement in the interior was also more focused on employers who knowingly hired illegals.

        mikeca

        July 26, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    • “Obama was already deporting more than previous administration.”

      Actually from 2014 thru 2016 there was a tremendous influx of illegals from Central America along the southwest border. We were told by the NYT, NPR, and CNN that the children were fleeing poverty and gang violence in their home countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. We had to act fast, i.e., let them all in rapido, in order to Save The Children.

      Lewis Medlock

      July 26, 2017 at 11:26 am

      • The influx of children from Central America is because minors from those countries are treated differently than minors from Mexico. Minors from Mexico appended near the border are just deported back to Mexico like an adult. The William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 requires minors to have a full deportation hearing before they can be deported. The minors have to be turned over to the Department of Health and Human Services until they can be deported or granted asylum. The influx of minors has totally overwhelmed HHS, and they mostly just release as many of the children as possible to live with relatives in the USA until their deportation hearing.

        The Trafficking Victims Protection Act passed the House on a voice vote and the Senate by unanimous consent. Congress could change this law. Central American traffickers have been spreading miss-information about this law encouraging parents in Central America to send there kids to the USA.

        Congress was well intentioned here, but it has created a complete mess.

        mikeca

        July 26, 2017 at 5:29 pm

  4. “Ann Coulter met with Trump and complained about a lack of focus on his base supporters: Report”: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/ann-coulter-met-with-trump-and-complained-about-a-lack-of-focus-on-his-base-supporters-report/article/2629707

    “Jeff Sessions plans to announce criminal leak investigations in coming days: Report”: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/jeff-sessions-plans-to-announce-criminal-leak-investigations-in-coming-days-report/article/2629693

    “Jeff Sessions announces new crackdown on sanctuary cities”: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/jeff-sessions-announces-new-crackdown-on-so-called-sanctuary-cities/article/2629676

    IHTG

    July 26, 2017 at 6:30 am

  5. Scott Adams says Trump on the verge of total victory. He has been right so many times, added to the fact the one perfers to believe good news, makes me reserve my judgment on all present moves …

    Bruno

    July 26, 2017 at 6:47 am

  6. The issues between them should have been handled privately, not on Twitter and in front of cameras. This is so simple, that I don’t know why we are even discussing it. This is a disaster and a huge disappointment. There are on excuses, 4D anything, or whatever. If it looks like a duck and it walks like a duck, you gotta face reality.

    Yakov

    July 26, 2017 at 8:13 am

    • Completely agree. Trump is venting his frustrations on the one guy least likely to strike back in kind, his most loyal supporter in the cabinet.

      Richard

      July 26, 2017 at 10:09 am

    • A couple things:

      1) Trump has almost certainly told Sessions these things privately or through channels since they may not be on speaking terms and Sessions has refused to clean house for whatever reason (I personally believe that Sessions is not equipped, doesn’t have the awareness or abilities to do what is needed so when Trump says act, Sessions starts criminalizing weed and announcing Medicare fraud busts because that’s what he knows. He doesn’t understand that the DOJ is utterly corrupt and needs to be purged and Trump wants an AG who gets it and is willing to act),

      2) if Trump could replace his AG at will you wouldn’t see any of this on twitter, but since everything is political I think he’s forced to start doing this publicly so everyone sees why he needed to act.

      Andrew E.

      July 26, 2017 at 1:21 pm

  7. 1. sessions isn’t responsible for immigration. that’s dhs and the state dept. he deserves no credit.
    2. people are dying from opioid overdoses because doctors are have flooded the market. but sessions wants to put 19 year old stoners in jail.
    3. where are the prosecutions of lynch, clinton, national security leakers, and every other obama-era crook?
    4. the civil forfeiture stuff is insane, and obviously unconstitutional.

    SESSIONS, not trump, is unfocused. but trump has a chaotic style people aren’t accustomed to, so people (including lion), can’t see this. read scott addams.

    • 5. the mueller appointment was an own goal. where is the evidence of a crime? wouldn’t the fbi have charged somebody with something if evidence of a crime was uncovered since the investigation started in 2015?
      6. this thought just popped in my head. what if sessions fires mueller now? it would get trump to back off sessions, without trump having to use pardon powers. as i pointed out, there’s no evidence of a crime involving any americans, so to make trump happy, sessions fires mueller:
      “after a multi-department investigation, and a special prosecutor, there is no evidence the russian operation to undermine the 2016 election had american help.”

  8. “I am a whiner and I keep whining and whining until I win.”

    Session to announce criminal investigation of leaks:

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/07/26/sessions-to-announce-investigations-into-intelligence-leaks-source.html

    PerezHBD

    July 26, 2017 at 10:06 am

    • Perfect

      map

      July 26, 2017 at 11:39 am

    • And in this 4d interpretation what does it say about Trump that the only way he can get sessions to do anything is to make himself and sessions both look like fools

      Magnavox

      July 26, 2017 at 12:56 pm

      • Maybe Trump just doesn’t want to have a meeting on record where he orders Sessions to investigate Hillary and the DNC, fire McCabe, crack down on Leakers, ect.

        PerezHBD

        July 26, 2017 at 1:24 pm

      • “Maybe Trump just doesn’t want to have a meeting on record where he orders Sessions to investigate Hillary and the DNC, fire McCabe, crack down on Leakers, ect.”

        Good point. Particularly when the contents of the meeting is likely to leak.

        Mike Street Station

        July 27, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    • i was just about to post that link. there’s also been an arrest in the congressional hacking case (oh, you hadn’t heard about that hacking investigation?) involving the pakistani brothers. look up imran awan. the dnc only fired him yesterday as he attempted to flee to pakistan.

  9. Trump could muddle along even if Meuller is never fired. He’s not getting impeached, the Republicans will keep their majorities in 2018 and even pick up some Senators, McCain will be dead, Flake primaried. Trump will win re-election and have Republican majorities in Congress throughout his presidency and his handpicked successor will have an excellent chance at winning in 2024. Trump would only need to make slow, incremental gains on his MAGA agenda for this to happen, it’s the worst case scenario for him. But Trump isn’t in this to take baby steps, he wants the big prizes and huge MAGA strides as President. And he knows to do that he has to expose and prosecute the Deep State (Obama spying, Clinton treason, DNC/Ukraine collusion, election fraud, Republican treachery, etc) and that begins with his Attorney General. His AG is holding everything up and Trump’s had enough.

    That’s my interpretation. Look at this testimony from Sessions during confirmation:

    GRASSLEY: During the course of the presidential campaign, you made a number of statements about the investigation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, relating to her handling of sensitive e-mails and regarding certain actions of the Clinton Foundation. You weren’t alone in that criticism.

    I was certainly critical in the same way as were millions of Americans on those matters, but now, you’ve been nominated to serve as attorney general. In light of those comments that you made, some have expressed concerns about whether you can approach the Clinton matter impartially in both fact and appearance. How do you plan to address those concerns?

    SESSIONS: Mr. Chairman, it was a highly contentious campaign. I, like a lot of people, made comments about the issues in that campaign. With regard to Secretary Clinton and some of the comments I made, I do believe that that could place me objectivity in question. I’ve given that thought.

    I believe the proper thing for me to do, would be to recuse myself from any questions involving those kind of investigations that involve Secretary Clinton and that were raised during the campaign or to be otherwise connected to it.

    GRASSLEY: OK. I think, that’s — let me emphasize then with a follow up question. To be very clear, you intend to recuse yourself from both the Clinton e-mail investigation and any matters involving the Clinton Foundation, if there are any?

    SESSIONS: Yes.

    Sessions has completely neutralized himself. Rudy says Sessions was correct to recuse. Probably true. That just means he was the wrong person for the job. Arguably, Trump should have known this himself during the transition but he trusted that his good friend would be able to find a way to do the job. Sessions certainly should have known he wasn’t right for the position and removed himself from consideration.

    Andrew E.

    July 26, 2017 at 1:34 pm

  10. I’ll give Trump credit for something — he certainly has once again proven his ability to scramble politics beyond belief.

    At one time, you had all these alt-right, Bannonite types who held Trump and Sessions up as two of a kind, marching in lockstep against the wicked establishment. And now Trump turns against Session over the Russia thing, which is the president’s single most important issue, since it affects him personally, and that’s ultimately all he cares about.

    And who is coming to Session’s defense? Why, the hated establishment! The Senate GOP, from Lindsey Graham on down, are linking arms to defend Sessions’ honor. He is being described as a good conservative, a decent man, and most of all, a loyal partisan who does not deserve such abuse.

    Sessions, for his part, goes on Tucker tonight and basically fawns over Trump, saying he still loves the president as much as ever. Complete Stockholm. What a mess.

    Michael B.

    July 27, 2017 at 9:16 pm


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