Is Jeff Sessions Long For Trump’s World?

In this week’s politics chat, we ponder President Trump’s criticism of Attorney General Jeff Sessions for recusing himself from the Russia investigation. The transcript below has been lightly edited.

micah (Micah Cohen, politics editor): I’m back from vacation! And I just want all of you to know that I don’t agree with the many, many people who emailed me and wrote to me on Twitter saying that the chats were wooden and horrible without me … you all did great!

Today’s topic: President Trump’s continued war on Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

natesilver (Nate Silver, editor in chief): So have you all heard of a jam session before? This is a Sessions session.

micah: Oh god.


clare.malone (Clare Malone, senior political writer): None of these jokes are funny.

micah: Trump’s tweets this morning marked another day of attacks on Sessions. It’s really quite crazy, so I want to just start with your initial reactions — just as longtime political observers.

natesilver: It’s totally fucking nuts.

harry (Harry Enten, senior political writer): My initial reaction is how quickly Trump can turn on even one of his earliest supporters. Moreover, Trump seems obsessed, and I don’t understand how Sessions doesn’t quit or is fired. Then again, it’s the Trump White House!

clare.malone: I keep on thinking of the words that George W. Bush reportedly used about Trump’s Inauguration Day: “That was some weird shit.” That pretty much applies to 60 percent of what comes from Trump these days.

natesilver: I don’t see the upside for Trump in firing Sessions, other than to demonstrate Trump’s dominance. If he were to fire special counsel Robert Mueller — well, that’s super high risk, but arguably also high reward, if it wound up quashing or delaying the Russia/obstruction of justice investigation. It’d be a dumb risk to undertake, but it would make a certain amount of sense.

But Sessions? He’s one of the Trumpiest members…

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