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.
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…