Senator Jeff Sessions has been named by Trump as his pick for Attorney General. Trump said in a statement, “Jeff has been a highly respected member of the U.S. Senate for 20 years. He is a world-class legal mind and considered a truly great Attorney General and U.S. Attorney in the state of Alabama. Jeff is greatly admired by legal scholars and virtually everyone who knows him.”
Sessions responded to the announcement by saying he was humbled and was looking forward to working with the people in the Department of Justice. “My previous 15 years working in the Department of Justice were extraordinarily fulfilling. I love the Department, its people and its mission. I can think of no greater honor than to lead them.” (TheHill.com)
Sessions was the first US Senator to endorse Donald Trump. The 69 year old, four term Senator is a former U.S. Attorney in Mobile, Ala., and former Alabama Attorney General. Since his endorsement of Trump early in the primary season, he has been one of the President-elect’s closest advisors. Sessions and Trump share similar views on immigration and trade policy.
“The bottom line is Donald Trump is right on trade, he’s right on immigration, he’s right on judges and the rule of law, he’s right on Obamacare’s failure and how people are suffering under this rigged system to the detriment of their concerns, their interests, while in secret Hillary Clinton and a lot of other establishment politicians meet with rich global interests and serve them when the chips are down and not the American people,” Sessions said. (October 13, 2016; Breitbart.com)
Sessions is considered by many as a hard-liner on free-trade and immigration, opposing efforts by either Republican or Democrat administrations to give illegal immigrants legal status. His longtime seat on the Senate Judiciary Committee and his background as prosecutor gives him a wealth of experience to bring to the job as Attorney General.
The appointment of Sessions as Attorney General should be sending shivers of fear down Hillary’s spine: As Breitbart reported, Sessions told talk show host Howard Carr that he “had lost all confidence in FBI Director Comey” and has called for a senate investigation into the FBI’s handling of the investigation into the Clinton Foundation, Clinton’s emails and top Clinton aide, Cheryl Mills, saying, “I really don’t see how Congress can issue a subpoena for records and they then destroy those records…I am telling you that every business knows that if they get a subpoena for business records, and they destroy those records, they are subject to criminal prosecution and will be prosecuted. That’s a high prosecution case.”
What will Obama do? He has recently been pressured by people like Jesse Jackson to pardon Hillary Clinton before he leaves office. In August, Obama told the press, “The process that I put in place is not going to vary depending on how close I get to the election. So it’s going to be reviewed by the pardon attorney, it will be reviewed by my White House counsel, and I’m going to, as best as I can, make these decisions based on the merits, as opposed to political considerations.” (USA Today)
USA Today reported further: “Granting a pardon to Hillary Clinton would be one of the most controversial and misguided clemency decisions that Obama could make,” said Jeffrey Crouch, a professor at American University and author of The Presidential Pardon Power. “Pardoning a former member of his administration to spare her from the hassle and embarrassment of judicial prosecution would be against what the framers of the Constitution had in mind for the clemency power. It would also violate his pledge not to grant any politically motivated pardons in his last days in office.”
Will Obama want to sully his legacy by granting a pardon to Clinton? Or will his well-known dislike of the Clintons along with his desire to keep his legacy intact, allow him to leave her to the possibility of prosecution by an AG Jeff Sessions and a Trump administration? For Trump’s supporters, Obama issuing a pardon to Clinton would just confirm their belief that she is guilty. Something else Sessions and Trump must keep in mind in the chance that Obama does not pardon Hillary: Trump’s supporters expect justice to be served. That means that someone who has allowed national secrets and classified information to be jeopardized and potentially fall into the hands of America’s enemies, coupled with the Clinton Foundation and pay-to-play schemes as well as the emerging evidence through WikiLeaks and NYPD sources of child sex trafficking needs to be prosecuted. If Trump and Sessions fail to do so, it will feel to the millions who voted for Trump, who believed he would “drain the swamp,” that he has broken his promises and isn’t to be trusted to do what he said he would do in order to win the presidency.