Attorney General Jeff Sessions has publicly rebuked president Donald Trump in an official statement posted by the Department of Justice on Twitter. This happened just hours after Trump attacked Sessions on Fox News for failing to take control of the Justice Department and recusing himself from the Russia probe.
“I put in an attorney general who never took control of the Justice Department," said Trump on Fox. "I wanted to stay uninvolved but when everyone sees what’s going on in the Justice Department — I always put 'justice' now in quotes — it’s a very, very sad day. Jeff Sessions recused himself, which he shouldn’t have done.”
Sessions then directed a spokesperson at the DOJ to issue the following statement:
Session's decision to publicly fire back at Trump is an important one as it shows the president that members of his own administration are now not afraid to stand up to him. After the stunning double conviction of Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort earlier this week, insiders at the White House and in the GOP have grown increasingly worried about the president's ability to control the narrative of the Mueller probe. According to multiple reports, they fear the president could be in grave legal danger and for the first time are seriously worried about the prospects of impeachment. One of the most troubling aspects of Trump's presidency has been his ability to evade all responsibility for his overt and shameless criminal behavior. From paying off porn stars to publicly admitting to obstructing justice, Trump has seemed impervious to the law. But now those closest to him are being flipped, prosecuted, and convicted by the legal system that thankfully still seems to be operational. With the Democrats out of power and the GOP colluding with Trump, the perception has been that Trump is unassailable. That has changed, and dramatically so. Session's public rebuttal to Trump indicates strongly that the president's authority is waning, that his own administration and party now worry about the long term implications of their allegiance to him. Trump's total disregard for the law is their total disregard for the law, and there may not be much longer left to jump ship before they are implicated. Jeff Sessions is not a good man, but he at least takes the purview of his job seriously. And in the era of Trump, that could make all the difference in the world.