Jeff Sessions has been in hot water for a long time now. His relationship with Trump started off strong. In fact, Sessions was one of Trump’s first supporters and he went to bat for him when a lot of Republicans were too afraid. However, things got bad fast when Sessions made the terrible decision to recuse himself from the Russia investigation.
That opened the floodgates and is part of the reason we have the special counsel right now.
There has been a lot of speculation as to how much longer Sessions would last after the midterms.
We now know the answer. Not even 24 hours.
We knew this was coming but wow.
Here’s the resignation letter.
To be fair, Sessions has accomplished some very good things when it comes to fighting MS-13 and immigration. Sessions was a MAGA guy through and through.
From The Week:
Sessions’ work to stop illegal immigration doesn’t end at the border. In July 2018, Sessions added new restrictions on asylum seekers arriving in the U.S. because they faced “credible fear” back in their home country. (The Obama administration had reduced the “credible fear” threshold back in 2009, which led to a 1,675 percent increase in the number of people claiming asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border.)
Immigration isn’t the only area where Sessions is trying to fulfill Trump’s policy goals. On the opioid crisis, the attorney general has put transnational gangs that funnel opioids from Mexico to the U.S. in his crosshairs. Sessions formed a taskforce in mid-October and designated MS-13, Cartel de Jalisco Nueva Generacion, Sinaloa Cartel, Can del Golfo, and Lebanese Hezbollah as transnational organized criminal groups. The taskforce plans to combine government agencies’ resources to disrupt drug traffickers and human smugglers.
Aside from immigration and gangs, Sessions has tackled affirmative action by going after Harvard’s discriminatory practices against Asian-American applicants, created a religious liberty taskforce to ensure that First Amendment rights aren’t trampled on, and became the highest-ranking member of Trump’s Cabinet to speak against activist judges and judicial encroachment.
However, he lost the confidence of the president and it’s hard to keep going after that.
Now the question becomes who will replace Sessions? During his press conference on Tuesday, Trump hinted that he’d be open to one of Tuesday’s losers joining his team.
Could that mean Kris Kobach?