Chaffetz: ‘I Think It’s Time for the Attorney General to Go’


On Saturday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends,” Fox News Contributor and former Republican House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz argued that Attorney General Jeff Sessions should step down.

Chaffetz said, “I’ve got to tell you, and it pains me to say this a little bit, but I don’t think the attorney general is up to the job that he’s doing. He’s absent from this. The reason there’s a special counsel is because he had to recuse himself from everything. And I just, my own personal opinion, I think it’s time for the attorney general to go. Because you need leadership there, some deep systemic problems there.”

Chaffetz also cited the DOJ not turning over documents on the Fast & Furious program and Sessions’ refusal to prosecute Clinton tech aide Bryan Pagliano for defying a Congressional subpoena.  more here

45 Comments on Chaffetz: ‘I Think It’s Time for the Attorney General to Go’

  1. Swamp drainin’ Is a messy business.

    I haven’t lost faith in President Trump yet…I am quite confident that he is more than capable of firing any of his subordinates when necessary. That suggests to me that there is a plan that hasn’t been revealed yet, as was alluded to in the recent American Thinker article.

    Let’s be patient just a bit longer before we start second-guessing.

  2. I’d like to know if Sessions will start doing his job at DOJ.

    Thus far it appears he is upholding the two tiered Justice system, protecting those former Washington protege’s he has known and worked with for decades.

  3. Patience?
    White water 1992
    Benghazi happened in 2010.
    At the same time 10s of $Millions flooded into the Clinton Foundation.
    E-mail and secret documents on her illegal private server, deletion of documents, obstruction, destroying evidence while under court order to produce, Uranium One, Bill’s speaking fees, Russian donations to the Clinton Foundation, FBI and DOJ protecting Hillary, Mills, Huma and other Campaign staff.

    How much patience will it take until it’s all swept under the rug.

  4. My guess is that POTUS Trump is holding back the hounds of hell vis Jeff Sessions. He’s going for some iron clad evidence that will put people in prison and not let them do the ol’ slippery-slide out the side door of a committee room. Building such cases takes time, patience and extreme diligence. That’s what I think.

  5. I’ll give you the point that Sessions obviously has patience …. bordering on incompetence.

    Reportedly DOJ and the FBI has a large staff of the finest and most competent Attorneys and investigators in the Nation. Most were hired under the Obama and Clinton Administrations and were (are) in key leadership positions to protect the progressive establishment from indictment and prosecution. Each day we learn more of the perceived illegal actions of personnel in the DOJ and FBI.

    Sessions’ mode of operations appears more in line of House Committee hearing, where people plead the 5th, refuse to appear, use legalese to worm away from answering key questions or state that they cannot confirm or deny the allegations.

    My patience for justice has long since vanished, while Hillary’s and Obama’s “Resist” activities, fake news, leaks, and media collusion continue unabated.

  6. I am losing my patience or maybe my faith, but it seems that some of the winning we have experienced is watered down with too many instances of wimpy gay slap fighting.

    Federal judges stopping Trump’s constitutional edicts, Holder’s insane statement with no official “Oh, yea?”, and the worst: Jeffy recusing himself by giving the bully his milk money and running away.

    Please prove me wrong. I want to be wrong. Please!

  7. I don’t trust Chaffetz anymore. When he calls for Sessions to go, I have to wonder if Chaffetz has motives which are not the best as far as Trump is concerned. Have to wait and see if some serious nevertrumpers start calling for Sessions’ head. Then we’ll know for sure about Abigail Adams’ scenario.

  8. Cato — I could be wrong, but if you look at just how crazy-like-a-fox POTUS Trump has been since day 1, it would not fit his M.O. to not have a plan and a goal. And I find it highly doubtful he would say the things he says out there at the rallies and in the speeches about things being “rigged” and the “system being sick” just to hear himself talk.

  9. Seems to me that Sessions has already received a heaping helping of
    “benefit of doubt.” Every time I see a picture of Sessions, I always think ‘bed wetter’ for some reason. From my seat at the theater, I can not take Sessions seriously. Nor is he believable as a serious hunter of truth and justice.

  10. Besides being gutless Sessions is scared. He knows how these people operate. I’m in favor of Judge Judy. SHE has balls.

  11. I think Trump told him, “Let me handle the political stuff. You go after the illegals”.

    The people who want Sessions gone expected indictments on Day One.

    We’re just finding out the breadth and depth of what was going on. And we’re watching Mueller and his minions prove Trump is clean.

  12. His position on unconstitutional asset forfeiture “laws” and the continuing persecution of cannabis users makes me agree with Chaffetz.

  13. I remember Seesions as a senator coming onto Fox shows and sounding like the ONLY sane and decent pro-American in the Senate. It surprised me when he was selected AG. He didn’t impress me as a great legal strategist, but he was Attorney General in Alabama, so maybe that makes sense.
    Now, in retrospect, not the best move.
    I so much wanted Rudy Giuliani as AG. He was a bulldog in NY.

  14. @Anonymous — thanks very much for the AT article. I’d seen the headline in the past week but hadn’t read it yet.

    ‘Zactly my thoughts on the subject, too. Why else would the Left be pressing people like Holder,Reed and, recently, that dinosaur, Madeline Albright, into the service of attacking POTUS Trump? They’re desperation sweat stinks bad.

  15. @AbigailAdams

    I don’t doubt the President’s words or intent. Thus far it doesn’t appear that Sessions is up for the fight.

    It is plausible Sessions has placed his entire stake in the game on the OIG investigation. Like many Inspector General investigations and findings, justice will be postponed until politically advantageous (mid to late 2018) to be used to gain Congressional and Senate seats. That reeks of politics before Justice. Politically smart, but morally wrong.

    As far as playing possum, if you are dead or playing dead, nothing happens until you back the possum in the corner and kick him. Sessions appears to be comfortable in the corner and unwilling to fight. Personally, I’d like to see more fight from Sessions.

    I will (not so patiently) wait to follow President Trump’s better understanding, judgement and decisions. He has done nothing to bring doubt to my mind about his ability to do the right thing.

  16. Sessions either has something to hide or he’s incredibly lazy. Too many to charge, prosecute and jail for this kind of screwing around!!

  17. There a number of ways to catch fish, you can sit on the bank and wait for them to bite.
    You can also go splashing about with net or gig hoping to get one.
    Or, you can build a fish trap, catch the big ones as they go in after the little ones.
    The first one takes time, the outcome depends on the fish, the second works for immediate gratification but the outcome is sparse, the third takes the most time and labour, but you get the big fish.

  18. Limited resources of time, money and political capital constrain what Granny Clampett can accomplish. So can ossified thinking.

    “Got ta go after them dopers! Weed is a ‘gateway drug.’ Heroin crisis! Lock everybody up, deny the rest their Constitutional rights and property, or just shoot them, if they have doper seed in their car.” Granny Quixote Sessions

    Or, co-opt the Leftists on weed by decriminalizing it. Let natural law take care of opioid addicts. Roll up foreign agents, seditionists, traitors. Deport transnational gangbangers. Burn the poppy fields in Afghanistan, retrain the cavemen to mine its rare Earth minerals and become rich. Cut DOJ by half, flush the FBI of commies, nazis, statists and Quantico’s subversive national anti-Constitutional training program. See all the constructive shit Granny is NOT doing? Fire him.

    Which strategy do you think would work best?

  19. Cato — “I will (not so patiently) wait to follow President Trump’s better understanding, judgement and decisions. He has done nothing to bring doubt to my mind about his ability to do the right thing.”

    Do you mean Trump or Sessions has done nothing but bring doubt?

    I hear you loud and clear and I don’t blame anyone for thinking the same thing about Sessions. I don’t know. I have incredible faith in God (not that you or anyone else don’t) and some very interesting things happened to me during the campaign that I didn’t want to acknowledge at the time because I never want to claim that I know the mind of God in some of His ways (a larger discussion for another day). But my peace around all things political has never been deeper or more complete. Like everyone, I sometimes get anxious over news of the day but there’s a long game here that only seems to be revealed when the time is ripe. I’m not worried. Even if Sessions is all that some think he is, I’m taking the view that even that is part of the plan.

  20. TO AA and cato
    I’m sort of halfway between both your perspectives.

    Yeah, whatever this “investigation” is, has been going on since January 2017, so its findings (read: indictments, perp walks) better be BIG. I’ve heard estimated presentation of the final Report is around April 2018. Yes, I understand “timing” for the 2018 mid-term elections. But Trump’s (yes, even if it’s the IG’s Report and Sessions is AG) entire legacy rides on this. LOTS riding on this. LOTS.

  21. CoD — Merry Christmas!

    I don’t think the timing of next year is for political reasons, but because that’s how long it will take to bring all the bad actors before the OIG to grill, er, interview. We’ve got the Christmas holiday break, so there’s no time between now and the end of the year and POTUS Trump has a lot of other stuff to execute starting in January. Next thing you know, it’s April already. They haven’t even started yet with all the people recently ID’d at the FBI and then there’s the DNC/Awan investigation as well as the OIG’s leaker (Schiff) situation.

  22. Merry Christmas, AA!

    Whatever comes out of the IG’s Report in Spring,
    I gotta admit Sessions needs to be fired as soo as appropriate:

    “Attorney General Jeff Sessions has once again balked at questions over the need for a second special counsel to investigate the Justice Department, telling reporters at a Friday press conference that while he’s concerned about recent allegations of bias within the FBI, “sometimes things that might appear to be bad in the press have more innocent explanations, so fairness and justice should also be provided to our personnel.”

    F THAT!


  23. A longer (snark) excerpt from the above link:

    So with Attorney General Jeff Sessions saying things may have “more innocent explanations” here are some specific questions for the AG to answer:

    1. Did Peter Strzok innocently tell his mistress that there was an “insurance policy” against a Trump win, which likely referenced the Russia investigation which GOP lawmakers think was based on an unverified dossier?
    2. Was Peter Strzok innocently texting Lisa Page “F Trump” while he was the lead investigator on the Clinton email case?
    3. Was Peter Strzok’s edit of the phrase “Gross negligence” to “extremely careless” innocent? It very innocently changed the entire legal standing of the case from criminal conduct to a layman’s opinion of carelessness.

    18 U.S. Code ‘ 793 “Gathering, transmitting or losing defense information” specifically uses the phrase “gross negligence.” Had Comey used the phrase, he would have essentially declared that Hillary had broken the law.

    4. Was Peter Strzok innocently calling Trump “a f*cking idiot” and a “loathsome human” before investigating him?
    5. Did FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s “damage control team” innocently change their conclusion that Hillary Clinton’s server was “possibly” hacked, rather than “reasonably likely” – language which significantly altered the seriousness of Clinton’s mishandling of classified information?
    6. Were all references to the FBI working with other members of the intelligence community on Clinton’s private server innocently scrubbed from Comey’s exoneration statement – making it look like a much smaller investigation?
    7. Before he was demoted for doing so – did senior DOJ official Bruce Ohr innocently meet with MI6 spy Christopher Steele who assembled the salacious ‘Trump-Russia’ dossier, and then also innocently meet with Glenn Simpson, co-founder of opposition research firm Fusion GPS? Fusion commissioned Steele to create the dossier, which relied on senior Russian officials.
    8. Did Fusion GPS innocently hire Bruce Ohr’s CIA wife, Nellie Ohr, to gather damaging information on President Trump? If there weren’t such innocent explanations for everything, one might think Nellie Ohr could have possibly passed information from the DOJ to Fusion GPS and vice versa.
    9. Did Hillary Clinton and the DNC innocently pay Fusion GPS $1,024,408 through law firm Perkins Coie, which then paid Steele $168,000?
    10. In addition to the ‘Trump-Russia’ dossier, did Fusion GPS innocently arrange the Trump Tower “setup” meeting between Trump Jr. and a Russian Attorney? Or attempt to link Donald Trump to billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein? Or try to push the debunked claim that a secret email server existed between Trump Tower and Moscow’s Alfa bank – which Alfa bank executives are suing Fusion GPS over?

  24. As a final mini-rant to the above,
    While I *don’t* expect Sessions to act and speak like Trump (though it would be nice to see more of his appointees be so),
    Sessions more and more resembles the SNL caricature of GHWBush:
    “That wouldn’t be prudent, not at this juncture.”
    Joke time is *SO* OVER.

  25. I think Trump is just as frustrated with Sessions as everyone else is. But he needs Sessions to resign, if he fires him, all hell will break loose in Congress, and those pricks are whiny enough. If Trump fires Sessions there are some in Congress that would hold up any new appointee indefinitely.

    Congresscritters should NOT be appointed to the position as Top Cop. I think one of the Judicial Watch guys, or J. Christian Adams would be better choices. Someone with teeth, NOT a politician.

  26. @AA

    Bad wording on my part;
    Trump’s actions and words have not fostered doubt in my mind.

    Sessions, on the other hand ……..

    “But my peace around all things political has never been deeper or more complete.”

    I admire your sense of peace.
    I’ll pray your peace is well founded and I too will share that peace. Lord, so let it be.

  27. Cato — Thank you!! I’m an admitted optimist, that’s just my nature — so I could be in the outfield (almost said left field!), picking daisies, you know? God is always faithful to his children and when our cry went out to Him for so long and with such anguish, I believe he answered our prayers. It is up to us now to make good His mercy. And if that sounds hyperbolic, just imagine, we could have Mdm POTUS Killery right now, making good on all her campaign promises. The FBI would be on fully automatic against the rest of us, the IRS would be rounding up conservatives and jailing them, the southern border would have neon “Entrance” signs and a well-lighted super-hiway (including bicycle lanes) from Nogales to all points north, and we’d be well on our way to a North American Union to rival the EU. Mercy hardly begins to describe it all. 🙂

  28. I think Jeff Sessions is painstakingly gathering evidence. We must be patient. I’m sure President Trump is not in the dark. The entire DC leaks like a sieve so Sessions must be prudent. What the hell, if Killary was POTUS we’d still be in the dark. And if it wasn’t for the likes of Rush, Sean, the two Marks, Tucker, Laura, and Ann; not forget, IOTW,CTH and others, we wouldn’t know didily dick.

  29. It is troubling to me that Faux Agent Pyotr Strzok and his mistress, Lisa Page, are still with the agency, he with Human Recourses. He should be in Limestone, Maine, or Fargo, North Dakota on foot patrol.

  30. TO OTD
    Thanks for the link.
    HOWEVER: the question still remains: *when* – if ever – are punitive actions going to be taken, and how serious will they be (i.e. commensurate with the crime or ‘slap-on-the-wrist’)?!?


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