Rachel Maddow has placed Attorney General Jeff Sessions on “resignation watch” after President Trump stated to the The New York Times that he wouldn’t have hired him [Session] if he knew he was going to recuse himself from the Russian investigation.
Before the run-up to the election, during early campaigning for the Republican nomination, Sessions was the first, and for a while, the only Republican politician to endorse candidate Trump. Trump immediately embraced Jeff Sessions and his policies, including a very hard line against all immigration, legal or illegal. The two are bound by a shared conviction that illegal immigration is destroying America. The Alabama senator was not known to be part of any Republican group in D.C. and had a very poor record for passing any legislation. Mostly, Sessions was viewed as an ultra-conservative loner.
Shortly after being sworn in, President Trump made Sessions his first cabinet appointment as Attorney General. Soon after being approved by the House and Senate, Sessions recused himself from the Russian collusion investigation. This infuriated Trump, who fumed to The New York Times that Sessions had lied to Congress during the confirmation hearings and faulted him for saying he had not met with any Russians when Trump contends that Sessions had indeed, met with them.
Upon Session’s recusal, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein took over the investigation and stated that the special counsel, former FBI Director Robert Mueller, would have the independence to pursue the investigation as he saw fit. Trump blasted Rosenstein, calling it “unfair to the president,” not to have a favorable special counsel in the investigation.
According the president, Mueller has a ‘conflict of interest’ in the investigation that he could prove – another vague, hollow threat from an increasingly paranoid president. Additionally, Trump stated that Mueller would be crossing a ‘red line’ if he expanded the investigation to include the finances of the Trump family. This crossing of the ‘red line’ would be viewed as a fireable offense.
Maddow made a point to note that this ‘red line’ was significant as the Trump family’s main loaning bank, Deutsche Bank, was under review by federal regulators for millions of dollars in suspicious loans to the Trump family. The bank has also been fined millions for their part in the laundering of Russian money.
As the countdown continues, Maddow will closely follow Jeff Sessions, possibly to the unemployment line and/or federal prison.