Publisher's Note:

One of the most significant things you can do to promote Liberty is to support our efforts. Please make your gift to the 2021 Patriots' Day Campaign today. Thank you! —Mark Alexander, Publisher

Thomas Gallatin / Nov. 8, 2018

Sessions Fired in First Post-Election White House Move

Trump goes on the offensive to end the year-and-a-half-long Mueller investigation.

It was a long time coming and shouldn’t surprise anyone — Attorney General Jeff Sessions tendered his resignation at President Donald Trump’s request on Wednesday. Sessions and Trump got off on the wrong foot right from the start after Sessions capitulated to Democrat demands that he recuse himself from the investigation into Russian election interference. The two never recovered, as Sessions’s decision paved the way for the creation of Robert Mueller’s special investigation, which has proven to be little more than a witch hunt and a constant headache for Trump.

Predictably, Democrats responded to the news by running to the fainting couches. Senate Still-Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) suggested, “Clearly, the president has something to hide.” Others like Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), who just last year demanded Sessions’s resignation, is now blowing the Democrats’ “obstruction of justice” whistle, claiming, “Americans must have answers immediately as to the reasoning behind [Trump’s] removing Jeff Sessions from [the Justice Department]. Why is the President making this change and who has authority over Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation? We will be holding people accountable.”

There is no question that Trump’s timing for firing Sessions was strategically calculated. With Republicans now sitting on an even stronger Senate majority, the president is freer to nominate someone without Democrat obstruction. Second, so long as Sessions was AG, Trump had little prospect of seeing the Mueller investigation either limited in its scope or brought to an end. Trump certainly doesn’t want it dogging him for another two years.

Irrespective of the outcome of the Mueller investigation, House Democrats have made it clear that they will go after impeaching Trump. The Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway reports that Nadler is planning to go “all-in” on seeking the impeachment of both Trump and Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Trump is certainly aware that no matter what he does, Democrats are gunning for him, and he has clearly decided not to sit back and let it happen.

Indeed, Trump’s choice of Matthew Whitaker as the temporary attorney general demonstrates his intention to fight back against the Democrats. Whitaker has previously criticized Mueller, saying, “It does not take a lawyer or even a former federal prosecutor like myself to conclude that investigating Donald Trump’s finances or his family’s finances falls completely outside the realm of his 2016 campaign and allegations that the campaign coordinated with the Russian government or anyone else. That goes beyond the scope of the appointment of the special counsel.” Of course, Democrats are calling for Whitaker to recuse himself from having any authority over the Mueller investigation. But the truth is, it doesn’t matter who Trump picks for AG — Democrats will demand recusal.

For the time being, the president has an AG who will presumably act to limit the scope of the Mueller investigation to Russian election interference, hopefully bringing this year-and-a-half-long witch hunt about “collusion” to an end.

Start a conversation using these share links:

Who We Are

The Patriot Post is a highly acclaimed weekday digest of news analysis, policy and opinion written from the heartland — as opposed to the MSM’s ubiquitous Beltway echo chambers — for grassroots leaders nationwide. More

What We Offer

On the Web

We provide solid conservative perspective on the most important issues, including analysis, opinion columns, headline summaries, memes, cartoons and much more.

Via Email

Choose our full-length Digest or our quick-reading Snapshot for a summary of important news. We also offer Cartoons & Memes on Monday and Alexander’s column on Wednesday.

Our Mission

The Patriot Post is steadfast in our mission to extend the endowment of Liberty to the next generation by advocating for individual rights and responsibilities, supporting the restoration of constitutional limits on government and the judiciary, and promoting free enterprise, national defense and traditional American values. We are a rock-solid conservative touchstone for the expanding ranks of grassroots Americans Patriots from all walks of life. Our mission and operation budgets are not financed by any political or special interest groups, and to protect our editorial integrity, we accept no advertising. We are sustained solely by you. Please support The Patriot Fund today!


“Our cause is noble; it is the cause of mankind!” —George Washington

The Patriot Post is protected speech, as enumerated in the First Amendment and enforced by the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, in accordance with the endowed and unalienable Rights of All Mankind.

Copyright © 2021 The Patriot Post. All Rights Reserved.

The Patriot Post does not support Internet Explorer. We recommend installing the latest version of Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome.