Thursday, July 20, 2017

The White House Janitors Are on the Job

The White House said Thursday that President Trump “still has confidence” in Jeff Sessions despite his harsh criticism a day earlier, as the attorney general also told reporters he would stay on the job for as long as "appropriate."


“As he said yesterday, he was disappointed in Attorney General Sessions’ decision to recuse himself, but clearly he has confidence in him or he would not be the attorney general,” Sanders said.

  Fox News
She's got a career as comedian ahead of her.
When asked whether Trump would seek Sessions’ resignation, she said: “I think you know this president well enough to know that if he wanted somebody to take an action, he would make that quite clear.”
But maybe not immediately.
Sanders also was pressed as to whether Trump had confidence in Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

“If the president didn’t have confidence, he wouldn’t be in that position,” Sanders said.


Hours earlier, Sessions also told reporters, in a press conference scheduled to discuss cybercrime, that he planned to stay at his post.
Is this his first press conference? Those janitors are pretty quick with the clean-up, I'll say that for them. But then, they've had lots of practice.
Sessions was pressed as to whether he could run the DOJ after the Times interview raised questions about the president's confidence level.

“We’re serving right now—the work we’re doing is the kind of work we intend to continue,” Sessions said.
We? They asked about you, bub. Or is that the royal "we"?
Last month, the Times reported that Sessions offered the president his resignation, but that Trump did not accept.
Was that just last month?
When asked about the reports during Thursday’s briefing, Sanders said she was “not aware of that taking place.”
Where's Spicey?
Huckabee-Sanders told reporters that Trump has not spoken with Sessions in the past 24 hours.
Now there's a show of confidence if I ever saw one. Funny, Fox News didn't mention that part.
In her briefing today, Huckabee-Sanders also said Trump has no plans to fire special counsel Robert Mueller "at this time."
In the Times interview, Trump said he considered investigations into the Trump family finances to be inappropriate.

"The president is making it clear that the special counsel should not move outside the scope of the investigation," Huckabee-Sanders said.
Somebody please show this to Sarah and Don:
The letter appointing Mueller also authorizes him to examine and prosecute “any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation.”

The key words are “any” and “arise” -- remember them. Together they confer exceedingly broad authority, more than enough to let Mueller follow his investigation wherever it leads. Don’t forget Ken Starr’s investigation of President Bill Clinton, which began with the dud lead of the Whitewater scandal and ended with Monica Lewinsky and impeachment.


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

UPDATE 7/21:  Ask and ye shall receive.  Where's Spicey?  He just resigned.  Finally he can look at himself in the mirror again.

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