Fox News’ Tucker Carlson expressed his dismay Thursday evening over President Trump’s recent slam on Attorney General Jeff Session.
Carlson reasoned that when someone is under extreme stress, as Trump is, they tend to lash out at the people trying to help them the most. However, he said attacking Sessions was still a “useless, self-destructive act.”
“Sessions is the closest ally Trump has in this administration,” Carlson said, and made big sacrifices to work in this administration, giving up a seat in Alabama he could have held continuously.
“As attorney general, Sessions has been the rare person in the entire executive branch making actual progress implementing the agenda his boss ran on,” Carlson said.
He argued that Trump’s attack on Sessions was not just criticism, it was an insult, and a “worrisome sign that the president may be forgetting who is on his side.”
Since Trump’s embarrassing public criticism, Sessions has been bombarded with questions as to whether he will resign, but he stood firm Thursday, insisting he has no intention of abandoning the job he was assigned to do.
“I have the honor of serving as attorney general. It’s something that goes beyond any thought I would have ever had for myself,” Sessions said. “We love this job, we love this department, and I plan to continue to do so as long as that is appropriate.”
Many Republican lawmakers have defended Sessions, confirming they don’t want him to resign.
“I think Jeff Sessions has been and will continue to be an excellent attorney general,” said Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.). “I don’t expect Jeff Sessions to resign, I would not want him to resign.”
The Hill reported that, unfortunately, Trump’s attack has “provided ammunition for critics” who say Trump is trying to “squash the work of special counsel Robert Mueller.”
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein would replace Sessions as attorney general – if Sessions did step down – until the Senate could replace him…, but Trump also criticized Rosenstein in his interview with The New York Times.
The Hill quoted John Wood, a former Homeland Security chief of staff in the Bush administration, and former U.S. attorney, as saying a change in leadership would be disruptive to the Justice Department, and could undermine its professionalism, especially if Trump wants to be rid of Sessions simply because he disagrees with his decision to recuse himself from the Russia probe.
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