When President Donald Trump nominated then Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) to be his Attorney General, many conservatives were pleased. Why? Because of his background.
Before becoming a US Senator from Alabama, Sessions first served an Assistant US Attorney in the office of the US Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama from 1975 to 1981. Then, Sessions served as the US Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama under Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. In 1995, he became the state Attorney General of Alabama and served in the role for 2 years until he was elected to the US Senate.
However, many of Sessions’ supporters began to waiver when he recused himself from any investigation involving Russian interference with the 2016 elections. The oversight of these investigations was handed down to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who just gave authorization for the FBI to raid the home, office and hotel room of President Trump’s private attorney Michael Cohen.
Looking back on it now, I believe that Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) would have been a better nomination for US Attorney General. Gowdy had a stellar career at an Assistant US Attorney where he tenaciously prosecuted a number of criminals, including seven cases that involved the death penalty.
Since the special counsel investigation into Russian election inference was launched in May of 2017, numerous pieces of information have surfaced that have caused a number of Republican members of Congress to ask for the appointment of another special counsel to investigate many of them, all of which point to Democrats including Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.
On July 27, 2017, leaders of the Republican Party sent a letter to Sessions and Rosenstein in which they specifically called for a special counsel investigation. That letter read in part:
“We are writing to you to request assistance in restoring public confidence in our nation’s justice system and its investigators, specifically the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). We need to enable these agencies to perform their necessary and important law enforcement and intelligence functions fully unhindered by politics. While we presume that the FBI’s investigation into Russian influence has been subsumed into Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, we are not confident that other matters related to the 2016 election and aftermath are similarly under investigation by Special Counsel Mueller. The unbalanced, uncertain, and seemingly unlimited focus of the special counsel’s investigation has led many of our constituents to see a dual standard of justice that benefits only the powerful and politically well-connected. For this reason, we call on you to appoint a second special counsel1 to investigate a plethora of matters connected to the 2016 election and its aftermath, including actions taken by previously public figures like Attorney General Loretta Lynch, FBI Director James Comey, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
1 See 28 CFR Part 600 – General Powers of Special Counsel.”
The letter went on to point out other allegations in need of investigation, which included the email controversies, mishandling of classified information, leaks, grand juries, Fusion GPS, the Trump dossier written by Steele, the FISA warrants based on the dossier, wire taps, the Clinton Foundation and the Uranium One deal.
The letter was signed by 20 Republican members of Congress.
Eight and half months later, there is still no second special counsel to investigate the many mis-deeds of Democrats, yet Rosenstein continues to allow Mueller to go beyond his original investigative topics. Mueller has handed out dozens of indictments since Sessions received this letter from congressional Republicans.
According to the latest update on the situation per Judicial Watch:
“Mr. Sessions instead appointed Mr. Huber, ‘an experienced federal prosecutor,’ and left the door open to a special counsel. Mr. Sessions noted that Mr. Huber ‘will make recommendations as to whether any matters not currently under investigation should be opened, whether any matters currently under investigation require further resources, or whether any matters merit the appointment of a Special Counsel’.”
“Translation: Mr. Huber is investigating the investigations, not the underlying allegations.”
I contend that Attorney General Jeff Sessions has failed miserably in his duty to preserve justice and law in the United States by failing to act sooner and more appropriately than he has. Every person who signed that letter should be demanding Sessions be replaced by someone more capable of doing the right thing and looking at both sides of the big picture.