Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Does He Not Know What "Recusal" Means?

In a recent TV interview, Attorney General Jeff Sessions offered advice for Special Counsel Robert Mueller on hiring practices and the tempo of the Trump-Russia probe, despite indications from Sessions' top aide earlier this year that the attorney general would not field such media inquiries because of his recusal.

Sessions appeared for over eight minutes Friday on "Fox and Friends," a morning television program repeatedly praised by President Donald Trump, mostly to tout the implementation of Trump's travel ban executive order and progress on other measures aimed at cracking down on crimes committed by immigrants.

However, the latter portion of the interview was devoted to the ongoing investigation into possible Russian interference in the 2016 presidential race and any potential collusion between the Russians and the Trump campaign.


The comments were curious because a March 2 memo from Sessions' chief of staff, Jody Hunt, said the attorney general's decision to recuse himself from all investigations related to the 2016 presidential race extended to media inquiries on that topic.

"The Attorney General's recusal is not only with respect to such investigations, if any, but also extends to Department responses to Congressional and media inquiries related to any such investigations," Hunt wrote in an email to top Justice officials, including Comey.

Some ethics experts said Sessions should not be opining publicly about Mueller's investigation.

"He should not be doing this," said Richard Painter, a former White House ethics lawyer under President George W. Bush and now a law professor at the University of Minnesota and on the board of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.

We know this administration has no ethics, but I have another question: Is this the crookedest administration in US history?

...but hey, do what you will anyway.

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