WaPo: Trump Has Referred To Jeff Sessions As 'Mr. Magoo'

Ebony Scott
March 3, 2018

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is pushing back against President Donald Trump for saying Sessions' response to Republican complaints about the Federal Bureau of Investigation was "disgraceful".

President Donald Trump's public flogging of his own attorney general has been brutal - but his behind the scenes derision of Jeff Sessions is apparently even worse. "Will take forever, has no prosecutorial power and already late with reports on Comey etc", Trump wrote in the tweet. Isn't the I.G.an Obama guy?

When a reporter asked if Trump planned to remove Sessions from the Justice Department, she simply replied, "Not that I know of". Around that time, according to people familiar with internal White House discussions, the president discussed firing Sessions or forcing him out of the Justice Department.

Trump, who has been pushing for months for an investigation of the FBI and DOJ illegally spying on his campaign, responded to Sessions' announcement by taking to his favorite social media platform, Twitter.

On Tuesday, Sessions said he had ordered the inspector general of the Justice Department to look into whether the highly secretive FISA warrant process was abused. The president has repeatedly issued public broadsides, calling Sessions "weak" or criticizing his leadership of the Justice Department, despite the attorney general's frequent proclamations of devotion to Trump's agenda on immigration and crime.

Trump's associates have said openly that the president has tried to humiliate Sessions into resigning; Sessions has told aides he's not going anywhere voluntarily. He is asking that the DOJ investigate itself. Sessions also did not disclose multiple meetings with Russia's ambassador during the 2016 campaign during his confirmation hearing and on security clearance forms.

Not only is Mr. Magoo a cartoon character invented in the 1940s and eons removed from national relevance, the accepted and preferred nickname for Sessions is the Keebler Elf.

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For the moment, the president has left his attorney general little choice but to defend his department.

While Shelby said he would leave the administration, he said that decision would be up to Sessions.

US Attorney-General Jeff Sessions speaks during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington July 20, 2017.

The exchange comes at a time of heightened tension between the Justice Department and the White House, which is mired in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Trump campaign ties to Russian Federation and possible obstruction of justice. We now know the Trump-Russia investigation began because a former Trump campaign aide, George Papadopoulos, told Australia's ambassador to the United Kingdom that Russia had "dirt" on Hillary Clinton in the form of thousands of hacked emails.

Asked if he has discussed the criticism directly with the President, Sessions just said, "Thanks".

"Jeff Sessions can't afford to have these investigations if they're to take place or if they're to continue looking political", Hayes said. Page - a US citizen - was a foreign policy advisor for the Trump campaign. Things reached the point that Sessions handed in his resignation letter, which the president refused to accept. But Trump has not been able to get over Sessions's withdrawal from the Russian Federation investigation and has relentlessly belittled him and pressured him to investigate political rivals.

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