Indecision is never a position of strength. Trump should ether divisively fire Jeff Sessions or take a more hands off approach to the embattled Attorney General.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is in rough water.
President Trump has said that he would not have nominated Mr. Sessions to be Attorney General if he had known that Mr. Sessions would recuse himself from the Russian investigation.
Later the President tweeted that:
• “Attorney General Jeff Sessions has taken a VERY weak position on Hillary Clinton crimes (where are E-mails & DNC server) & Intel leakers!”
• “Ukrainian efforts to sabotage Trump campaign – “quietly working to boost Clinton.” So where is the investigation A.G.”
Still later, President Trump’s new communication director said that the president “probably” wants Mr. Sessions to leave.
This is bizarre. When Mr. Sessions was nominated, he did not know that he would come to see the need to recuse himself. Moreover, Mr. Trump said soon after he was elected that he would not order a prosecution of Hillary Clinton. Finally, if Mr. Trump wants the Attorney General to investigate anything he simply needs to order him to do so.
We have found fault Mr. Sessions in the past. But we see no reason why he should leave Mr. Trump’s cabinet and we looked forward to his work on immigration.
We hope that Mr. Sessions does not resign.
If he does resign, the process to fill the position will be embittered and divisive and become yet another distraction. Mr. Sessions should not become the proximate cause of all that.
If President Trump wants Mr. Sessions gone he should fire him.