Should Jeff Sessions run for office again
Loyalty is important to Donald Trump in his political staff. Even more important than correct behavior in office. Justice Secretary Jeff Sessions, actually an early supporter of the American President, is now feeling this. After the real estate billionaire announced his candidacy in 2015, Sessions became the first Republican senator to pledge his support to Trump. For this he later got one of the most prestigious jobs in Trump's cabinet: the post of Justice Minister. Trump punched his candidate against bitter resistance from the Democrats. And how did Sessions return the favor? With treason - at least that's how Trump sees it.
In an interview with the New York Times he said now: "Sessions should never have declared themselves biased (in the Russia affair; editor's note)and if he declares himself biased, he should have told me before he took the job and I would have picked someone else. "In March the Justice Minister withdrew from an investigation into possible links between Trump's campaign team and the Russian government The investigation is ultimately also about the question of whether Moscow had any influence on the US election last November. Sessions decision led to the appointment of a special investigator in the first place, according to Trump, this should not have happened former FBI chief Robert Mueller is investigating the matter.
As much as Trump resents his companion, Sessions should have done everything right ex officio. At least with this decision. Because Sessions even maintained relationships with Russian diplomats, which have not yet been properly clarified. In the spring it became known that the 70-year-old had met twice with the Russian ambassador in Washington, Sergei Kisljak, during the election campaign. There is hardly a better reason to assert bias. Especially since Sessions had claimed at his mandatory hearing in the Senate before the election as Minister of Justice that he had not communicated with Russians.
"Very unfair to the president"
Trump also reprimanded this lie in an interview ("Jeff Sessions has given a few bad answers") - but the president is obviously harder hit by the (perceived) breach of trust. "Jeff Sessions takes over the post, starts the job, withdraws out of bias, which I find, frankly, very unfair to the president."
Trump does not only feel badly treated by sessions: He also hands out against ex-FBI boss James Comey (allegedly blackmailed Trump to secure his job) and special investigator Mueller (receives a presidential warning that the Trump family's finances are in To let rest). And the US president reports on his informal conversation with Russia's ruler Vladimir Putin at the G-20 summit in Hamburg (it was mainly about "nice things"). But what is particularly noteworthy is the public settlement with a former political friend - especially in the New York Times.
The president has given the newspaper interviews in the past. But that he breaks up in a 50-minute, intimate conversation with his Minister of Justice and gives a newspaper such an attentive headline that he likes to revile as "fake news media"? That's extraordinary. In the meantime it was new YorkTimes and other media outlets have even been denied access to a Q&A in the White House. But now, she guesses Times himself, the government is apparently more interested in leaving the Russia affair behind and moving forward after the fiasco over the initially failed health care reform.
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