Consider the behavior of the Democrats, who are seeking to prove that Donald Trump and/or his campaign colluded with Russian Federation, with the implication that this collusion somehow determined the outcome of the 2016 election. It would, of course, cause a huge constitutional crisis.
There's plenty of other craziness billowing from the White House: lawyers considering whether the president can pardon himself, the president publicly denouncing his attorney general for failing to protect him. A convergence of contentious issues, as well as embarrassing infighting and shake-ups at the White House, have a number of Republicans suddenly in open resistance to President Trump on a number of fronts.
"We need a check and balance here", the SC senator told reporters. They're trying to sneak through a health care bill by violating every reasonable standard citizens should impose on public servants dealing with legislation that affects more than one-sixth of our economy. On The Five, Watters and Kimberly Guilfoyle tag-teamed Juan Williams with an attempt to explain Trump's rationale behind his attacks.
Sessions recused himself from the investigation into election meddling after he acknowledged meeting with Russia's ambassador during the campaign. If Trump had business relationships with Russians who could be acting on behalf of Vladimir Putin, that would seem quite relevant.
Sessions, during a January confirmation hearing, offered to recuse himself from any investigations involving the Hillary Clinton email scandal. Rosenstein then washed his hands of the mess by naming a special counsel.
The Justice Department's criminal division has now identified Dmytro Firtash, as a high-level worldwide organized crime figure who uses the shady Alfa Bank in Russian Federation for his "business" deals. Those who thought that Trump would abandon his slashing campaign-style and act like what he is - president of the United States, leader of the free world - were deluding themselves.
Mueller clearly also has some connections to Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, who has such an overwhelming conflict of interest with former NSA Flynn that it reportedly made McCabe's FBI employees "uncomfortable".
Trump has also expressed legitimate concern about the personnel that Mueller has hired to conduct his work. If he can find a way to show that Mueller is unfit to be special counsel, Trump can legally demand that Rosenstein fire Mueller, and Rosenstein would have no reason to refuse.
"Jeff has always been someone you could look up to, and he's down to earth", said Trump voter Michael Bowen, 47, outside of a grocery store in Heflin, near Alabama's eastern border.
This would allow Trump's appointee to avoid the Senate confirmation process and serve in that post through the end of next year. But, if Congress is on recess, the president has the power of interim appointment.
Trump faces a practical problem if he wants to restrict Mueller's mandate or fire him outright. Moreover, there is no history of special counsels being appointed and applauded by the press, who went home without taking scalps.
SUSAN COLLINS: I know it's hard, but he needs to step back and not comment and let Bob Mueller, who is an individual with the utmost integrity, carry out the investigation and make his determination. They need to speak now, before it's too late.
To head off a presidency-destroying disaster.
During such polarizing times, instead of choosing a side and fueling the divide, maybe the best thing to do is to meet in the middle, even if it's among Trump supporters.
"You can be disappointed in someone but still want them to continue to do their job", Sanders said.
Among others who appeared to have sided with Sessions include Dana Perino, Harris Faukner, and Newt Gingrich.
Trump understands this. Reports of his frustration and rage suggest that he knows he has been maneuvered, partly by his own mistakes, into a kill box from which there may be no bloodless exit.
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