Trump is mad at Jeff Sessions, travel ban, Russia investigation


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President Donald
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President Donald Trump is reportedly losing patience with his
attorney general, Jeff Sessions, The New York Times
reported
on Monday evening.

According to people close to Trump, the president was incensed by
the Justice Department’s handling of his now-blocked travel ban
and Sessions’ decision to recuse himself from the Russia
investigation — a move that led to the appointment of former FBI
director Robert Mueller as special counsel in charge of the
inquiry.

Trump was reportedly caught off-guard by Sessions’ recusal,
according to The Times, learning of it “when he was in the middle
of another event,” NYT reporters Peter Baker and Maggie Haberman
wrote.

A day after learning of Sessions’ recusal, Trump took his anger
out on aides at the Oval Office, according to four people that
were familiar with the incident, The Times said. After that
incident, Trump tweeted is
now-infamous and widely debunked claim that former President
Barack Obama ordered a wiretapping operation at Trump Tower.

On Monday morning, Trump also continued his
crusade
against the Department of Justice’s role in
implementing his immigration executive order that was twice
struck down nationwide by appeals courts. Trump’s social-media
outrage against the DOJ continued on
Monday evening
, after people close to his administration

openly criticized him
for it.

“They wholly undercut the idea that there is some rational
process behind the president’s decisions,” said former acting
solicitor general Walter Dellinger, in The Times’ report. “I
believe it is unprecedented for a president to publicly chastise
his own Justice Department.”

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Alan Dershowitz, a professor at Harvard Law School offered a
potential defense of Trump’s DOJ-targeted tweets: “What he’s
saying is, ‘I’m the president, I’m the tough guy, I wanted a very
tough travel ban and the damn lawyers are weakening it’ — and
clients complain about lawyers all the time,” said Dershowitz in
an interview with The Times. “I see this more as a client
complaining about his lawyer. The lawyer in this case happens to
be Jeff Sessions.”

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