26 July 2017

The Enemy of My Enemy

An open war has broken out between Donald Trump and his own Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, who was once one of his most ardent supporters (details here). Trump has been furious since early March because Sessions responsibly recused himself in the Russia/Trump scandal investigation for ethical reasons because of a potential conflict of interest.

That recusal cleared the way for the Assistant Attorney General to appoint Special Counsel Robert Mueller to investigate Russia/Trump after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey because the latter was also investigating the scandal. Trump expected all these people to be loyal to him and thus sandbag the investigation.

So Trump is now livid that the scandal investigation continues and he can't stop it. He's been openly criticizing Sessions, and Trump's attorney has admitted publicly the President wants him to step down (details here).

For his part, Sessions has made it clear he's not going anywhere (details here). And the Senate plans to avoid recessing indefinitly, so that Trump cannot fire Sessions and appoint an Attorney General who doesn't need confirmation (details here).

A President can normally approve cabinet secretaries for up to two years during a Senate recess and without a confirmation vote, which is known as a recess appointment. Without the power to replace Sessions, Trump now cannot stop the investigation.

I have to say I'm sort of amazed that no Republican has had the balls to publicly challenge Trump and ask -- "why do you want the Attorney General to step down other than to scuttle the investigation?" I'm sure many journalists have asked that of the White House press office, but of course they would not respond.

So all this has led to a stalemate between two odious individuals: the President and the Attorney General. The latter will continue his far-right conservative policies but he could also openly encourage further investigations into Trump's campaign, family, and personal business.

Like an idiot, Trump has turned one of his closest friends into a bitter enemy, and that bitter enemy happens to be the most powerful law enforcement officer in the country.

There's an old political rule that "the enemy of my enemy is my friend." So if Sessions is turning up the heat on criminal investigations into Trump, then more power to him, particularly if he shares the evidence with members of Congress who are also investigating the President.

Once again, Trump has proven to be his own worst enemy. He's a political neophyte who stupidly thinks he can out-maneuver an experienced political veteran.


  1. Anonymous05:32

    Esto tiene mas trama que una novela. Amigo venezolano,Cucuta

  2. Hey, you out there in Washington, is someone going to wake up and finally see what is going on?

    It's like the nose in your face that your moron president is hiding the truth about his Russian «friendly» accomplis.

    Hope that you saw this HUGE news this morning about the Trans ban in the USA army.
    As you said, Trumpty Dumpty is showing his real hate face. LGBT rights are in danger now.

    "HE" MUST be empeached ASAP.
    "HE" is showing the world that America is meaner again...

  3. Anonymous17:17

    Choosing the enemy of my enemy as a friend is a "Hobson's Choice." I would never consider Trump or Sessions a friend.

  4. Given DOJ's amicus brief against LGBT protections and Title VII, the enemy of our enemy is still a bigoted asshole enemy.

  5. Chip21:38

    I think I get your point - that Trump and Sessions fighting each other is better than working together. I would agree with that. The more damage they do to the Republican Party, the better for us.

  6. Anonymous19:45

    "Trump has proven to be his own worst enemy." - So if the enemy of my enemy is my friend, and Trump is his own worst enemy, does that make him my worst friend?


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