Drain swamp, not Ses­sions

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary - BY CHARLES HURT

For­get loy­alty to At­tor­ney Gen­eral Jeff Ses­sions. The Alabama Repub­li­can is a deeply good man of im­pec­ca­ble de­cency. Don­ald Trump — the man — cer­tainly owes Mr. Ses­sions re­spect, grat­i­tude and loy­alty.

But when a man be­comes pres­i­dent, he for­feits so many of the con­ven­tions that gov­ern nor­mal re­la­tion­ships be­tween peo­ple in or­di­nary life.

A pres­i­dent should re­main fiercely loyal to no one but the Amer­i­can peo­ple and do his ut­most to pro­tect the high of­fice to which he was elected.

If loy­alty to Jeff Ses­sions un­der­mines a pres­i­dent’s loy­alty to the vot­ers or to his of­fice, then by all means the pres­i­dent should throw Mr. Ses­sions un­der the bus. For the good of the peo­ple. For the good of the pres­i­dency.

Plac­ing the duty of of­fice over per­sonal loy­alty is a sign of pres­i­den­tial lead­er­ship. Tawdry per­sonal al­liances and shady back-scratch­ing among grifters is how you get an un­govern­able leviathan fed­eral gov­ern­ment that stinks worse than a swamp at low tide in Au­gust.

The prob­lem right now is that in no way does Mr. Ses­sions rep­re­sent even the slight­est dis­loy­alty to the Amer­i­can voter or the pres­i­dency. In fact, a good case could be made that the best way Mr. Trump can re­main loyal to vot­ers and the pres­i­dency would be to stick with Mr. Ses­sions.

In­stead, Mr. Trump has cho­sen to pub­licly sav­age Mr. Ses­sions over and over again for re­cus­ing him­self from the far­ci­cal “Rus­sia” in­ves­ti­ga­tion be­ing run out of Mr. Ses­sions’ Jus­tice De­part­ment. I, too, wish Mr. Ses­sions had not re­cused him­self, but I un­der­stand why he did. Spe­cial coun­sel Robert Mueller should be fired and the whole in­ves­ti­ga­tion scut­tled.

But dump­ing all over Mr. Ses­sions does ab­so­lutely noth­ing to help Mr. Trump achieve the goal of killing this in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

What hap­pens if Mr. Ses­sions gets tired of all the in­sults and quits? Then he will be re­placed by the very same ca­reer bureau­crats and swamp denizens who be­gan the whole stupid in­ves­ti­ga­tion in the first place.

How, Mr. Trump, does that help you?

Do you ac­tu­ally think the Sen­ate will ever con­firm an at­tor­ney gen­eral who will kill this stupid zom­bie in­ves­ti­ga­tion into any­thing and ev­ery­thing un­til they pin some tail on some don­key?

Of course not.

To­day we stand at a precipice. Ei­ther we are a coun­try that is gov­erned by the peo­ple, or we are not.

It is why, Mr. Trump, you got elected. Peo­ple were so fed up with ca­reer politi­cians and end­less po­lit­i­cal squab­bling that they chose a re­al­ity-TV star over all the pro­fes­sional pols. The politi­cos fought you tooth and nail through the Repub­li­can pri­mary and then the gen­eral elec­tion. The day you got elected, they started plot­ting a coup.

Which is what this whole “Rus­sia” probe is about. It is about us­ing the fed­eral bu­reau­cracy to undo a pop­u­lar elec­tion.

Your job, Mr. Trump, is to pro­tect the pres­i­dency from this vil­lainy.

Pub­licly be­rat­ing and hu­mil­i­at­ing your at­tor­ney gen­eral does ab­so­lutely noth­ing to serve that pur­pose.

Dump­ing all over Mr. Ses­sions does ab­so­lutely noth­ing to help Mr. Trump achieve the goal of killing this in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Charles Hurt can be reached at churt@ wash­ing­ton­times.com and on Twit­ter, @ charleshurt.

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