Like him or hate him, it is not hard to respect Jeff Sessions, former Senator and current US Attorney General.
Not for his policies, which generally do more harm than help to millions of Americans. Not for his ability to tell the truth (Meetings with Russians? What meetings? Oh you meant those meetings with Russians).
But Jeff Sessions is consistent, and generally steadfast in his beliefs. Respected among his Senate peers, and with a strong approval rating from his home state of Alabama, he seems to deliver what he says. And he seems to have an actual respect for the laws (well, most of them) and the process of governing.
When Sessions recused himself from the Russia election investigation, he chose not only the correct moral path, but the correct legal one. Early on, he was a Trump supporter, and the law clearly states that a government official who worked with a campaign may not rule on issues involving that campaign. It’s the rare law in Washington that not only seems easy to understand, but is easy to enforce and follow.
Except Trump. Yet again ignoring his oath to uphold the laws of the land, he wants to make sure his appointed personnel ignore their oaths as well, and give all their loyalty not to the American people, but to Trump.
But in Jeff Sessions, Trump may finally be in danger of crossing a line. The Senate, per the Constitution, is the body that confirms nominees and that Trump needs to court to get his legislative agenda passed. And Jeff Sessions is one of their own. And the Senate, especially Senate Republicans, tends to rally around their own.
The House has proven itself far more bendable to Trump’s will, so he can readily afford to spend less time there.
By denigrating Sessions, Trump is, in effect, going after the Senate itself. He is saying their judgement was not sound, not because they followed the law (they did), but because they didn’t deliver to him someone who will ignore the law and do Trump’s bidding.
Sessions is a symbol of the Republican movement over the last couple decades – party loyal, follows talking points, delivers a vote that can be counted on, and a good talker on TV who comes across both educated and experienced but without sounding pretentious. He is the kind of person the GOP likes.
And now he is in Trump’s crosshairs. Not because he did something wrong, but because he won’t do something wrong.
This one could be interesting.