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Will Senate Republicans Oppose Trump Agenda over AG Jeff Sessions?

Written by Joe Scudder

No matter what the rights or wrongs of Sessions v. Trump, Senate Republicans would be stupid to let it interfere with the Trump agenda.

Jeff Sessions, standing apart from the other Senate Republicans, was largely responsible for convincing me to support Donald Trump for President. I am sorry that things aren’t working out so far for him as Attorney General.

It bothers me that everyone in the Senate is calling Sessions a conservative when he has taken such an unconstitutional and immoral stand defending and expanding asset forfeiture. I bothers me a lot more that Senate Republicans would rather oppose Trump than support his agenda simply because of their personal loyalty to Sessions. There is too much at stake to do that!

McClatchy reports, “Trump messes with Sessions, and Senate Republicans are not pleased.

President Donald Trump is getting a bitter Washington lesson when he messes with Jeff Sessions – you don’t pick a fight with one of the Senate’s guys.

It’s a lesson that could cost him politically in a Senate where he badly needs Republican support for his lengthy agenda, starting with healthcare on Tuesday.

“I don’t understand it. There’s no more honorable person I’ve ever met in my life than Jeff Sessions,” said Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., a close friend of Sessions and his wife. “The only person who is more upset with Trump about this than me, is my wife.”

Sessions spent 20 years in the Senate, winning a reputation for affability and party loyalty. He understood and doggedly practiced the code of what’s been called the world’s most exclusive club: You can disagree without being disagreeable, but you protect the institution and its members.

Trump, clearly, doesn’t play by those rules.

The president took to Twitter to call Sessions “beleaguered” and question why the attorney general wasn’t investigating Trump’s 2016 Democratic presidential rival, Hillary Clinton. That was Monday, and by Tuesday morning, he doubled down: “Attorney General Jeff Sessions has taken a VERY weak position on Hillary Clinton crimes (where are E-mails & DNC server) and Intel leakers!” he tweeted.

Trump raised similar questions over the weekend days after telling reporters in an interview that he had second thoughts about nominating Sessions because the former Alabama senator had recused himself from the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Trump is reportedly weighing possible replacements for Sessions, The Washington Post reported late Monday.

Such a move would infuriate Republicans, who control 52 of the Senate’s 100 seats. Many GOP senators reacted in classic Senate fashion to the treatment of Sessions. They were not visibly angry but clearly annoyed and often upset. And with what could be construed as a few veiled warnings to be careful.

Read the entire McClatchy story.

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About the author

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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