Government watchdog group Judicial Watch has some strong advice for President Trump.
In an interview with The Daily Signal, Tom Fitton, the president of Judicial Watch said, “Sessions should un-recuse himself and get rid of [special counsel Robert] Mueller.” He continued, “This is a political effort to jail the president and his family because people don’t like him.”
Earlier this week, the president told The New York Times that he was frustrated with Attorney General Jeff Sessions because of his decision to recuse himself from the Russia investigation. He stated that Sessions’ recusal was “unfair to the president.” He also said that he would not have hired Sessions if he knew that he would recuse himself from the Russia investigation: “If he would have recused himself before the job, I would have said, ‘Thanks, Jeff, but I’m not going to take you.’” Sessions’ decision ultimately led to the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel.
Recently, there has been some controversy surrounding Robert Mueller’s investigation. He has enlisted multiple Democratic donors to his team. This has caused many to believe that the investigation is turning into a witch hunt. Critics of Mueller have also accused him of expanding his investigation beyond the original mandate. The fact that he intends to look into the president’s finances lends some credibility to this opinion.
When speaking with The Daily Signal, Fitton said of Sessions’ recusal: “He was a bit naïve because that is not the way to approach it. You can’t have an attorney general that is unable to manage the largest case known to the public that is going on in the Justice Department. Now they have moved beyond Russia and are investigating everything.”
While many believe that Sessions’ recusal was the right decision, there are others who believe that there were other options. Ken Boehm, the chairman of the National Legal and Policy Center, said that Sessions could have delayed his recusal.
“I think the world of Jeff Sessions. I think he’s a good man. But, if you look at every other incident, people in positions at Justice in the past administration wouldn’t do it because they would fear a fishing expedition. Before Sessions recused himself, he should have called for an actual crime, a statute. He would have been on firm legal grounds,” said Boehm to The Daily Signal.
Whether or not Sessions should have recused himself is no longer relevant — the damage has already been done. Robert Mueller’s team is beginning to push the investigation beyond its mandate. The real concern is how the Trump administration will respond to Mueller if he pushes the investigation too far.
It was recently reported that Trump’s lawyers intend to investigate Robert Mueller’s team for conflicts of interest. The fact that Mueller’s team is stacked with Democrats might indicate that there is a political motivation behind the investigation. If Trump’s legal team discovers a conflict of interest, then they might have a valid case for firing Robert Mueller or getting members of his team to recuse themselves. Either way, this story will not be going away anytime soon.