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Column: Jeff Sessions Should Resign Already

The Trickle Down

The Trickle Down is Salute Magazine’s  weekly column by Political Writer Amanda Godula.  The Trickle Down is a weekly look into what’s need-to-know, fresh takes on trends, and the inevitable controversies from the political arena. Let’s dig in and see what’s happening this week.

President Donald Trump has found a new target for bullying:  Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the first senator to endorse Trump for President.

Using multiple anonymous U.S. current and former American officials, The Washington Post reported that Session had another undisclosed meeting with a Russian official and discussed Russian related campaign issues.

This contradicts the AG’s recusal statement:

“Let me be clear: I never had meetings with Russian operatives or Russian intermediaries about the Trump campaign.”

Since The Post’s reporting, President Donald Trump has been hurling insults at Sessions, trying to pivot the conversation.

Not only is the President tweeting insults, he’s doing interviews about AG Sessions.  The New York Times recorded an on-the-record interview with Trump.

“So, Jeff Sessions takes the job, gets into the job, recuses himself… Which, frankly, I think is very unfair to the president.”

Trump even goes as far as saying he wouldn’t have hired Sessions if he knew about the plans for recusal.

“Sessions never should have recused himself… And if he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me before he took the job and I would’ve picked somebody else.”

Ignoring that some of his actions may be illegal, Sessions should resign to avoid being fired, or tormented and then fired.

Using Hillary Clinton as a marker, Trump is still using her as his pivoting point for attacks.  Now, Sessions is being lumped in with Clinton, or the candidate falsely alleged to have “invented ISIS with her stupid policies.”

Clinton has not gained an uptick in favorable numbers since the election; an anomaly for most losing candidates.  With a 41% favorable number, making Sessions a cohort of Clinton’s can be a huge negative for the AG.  Trump’s approval ratings with the Republican base are incredibly high – 86% in the latest Gallup Poll.

By buddying up Sessions with Clinton, Trump is creating a vacuum of hatred towards Sessions.  Sessions may not be able to politically recover.  The Republican base is behind Trump and now, Trump is against Sessions.  It’s likely the base will follow.

Jeff Sessions: resign to avoid the bullying, make a deal with Senate and/or House committees, and spare yourself some dignity.

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