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The AG Should Stay Where He Is

Posted on July 26, 2017
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Jeff Sessions

When it comes to policy issues, I have had my fair share of disagreements with Jeff Sessions.

Our current Attorney General, when he was a Senator, pushed for the restriction of legal immigration, making the case that it would boost economic activity and push up wages for working class people.

My own view is that legal immigration is a vital component of economic growth and that we should be making it easier for people who have the skills and the desire to contribute to our economy.

When the AG was Senator, he opposed updating the Voting Rights Act.  I think protecting the rights of all citizens to vote in this country is essential to our democracy and the Voting Rights Act is a key element to making that protection possible.

Senator Sessions was all about law and order and he believed that prosecuting minor drug offenses and continuing the war on drugs was smart policy.  My own view is that we need to take another look at how we handle the illegal drug crisis in this country.  Locking everybody up is not a good long-term solution, from a moral standpoint and from a budgetary standpoint.

AG Sessions is in the right place & should stay there, implementing & enforcing the law. #FeeheryTheory Click To Tweet

That being said, I think the Attorney General is in the right place and should stay right where he is, mostly because I believe he is doing what he is supposed to be doing.  He is implementing and enforcing the law.

Our last two Attorneys General basically ignored key aspects of the law.   They did little to enforce immigration law, which led to a flood of people who came to this country illegally.

They decided that on their own that pot was legal, which led to a flood of confusing and contradictory laws in various states and localities.

Jeff Sessions is enforcing the law as written by policy makers.  He is not going beyond his mandate.  He is doing what he and every Attorney General is supposed to do, which is play by the rules as written by the Congress and signed into law by the President.

As we all know, the President has gone on a tirade because the Attorney General properly recused himself from any investigation into possible Russian collusion in last year’s election.

The President thinks that the recusal is terribly unfair to him.

But what would Mr. Trump have the Attorney General do, especially after it was revealed that the AG had talked to the Russian ambassador at the Republican Convention in Cleveland?

Nobody would believe Sessions if he led the investigation and then concluded that nothing was there.

The best case is to have an honest and trustworthy investigator, respected by the Democrats and the media (did I repeat myself?) do the investigation and find that there was no collusion.

If President Trump truly believes that there was no collusion, then he should let the Mueller investigation go forward.

And he should stop tweeting about it, because he is the one who is keeping this story alive.

Liberal activists want President Trump to fire Jeff Sessions for two reasons.

First, they hate Sessions with a passion and hate that he is enforcing the laws on the books.

Second, they want President Trump to look guilty so they can get some traction on impeaching him.  Firing Sessions makes Trump look guilty.

It is my hope and my expectation that the Attorney General stays precisely where he is, doing his job and ignoring the bellowing coming from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

I assume at some point, this story goes away and that the President starts tweeting about something else.  At least, I hope that is the case.

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