Dan Abrams: Trump’s Comments ‘Stunning’ and ‘Troubling Effort to Undermine’ DOJ
Mediaite founder and ABC legal analyst Dan Abrams says that Jeff Sessions will “likely” resign as Attorney General in light of President Trump‘s comments about his recusal from the Russia investigations.
In an extensive interview with The New York Times, Trump said he wouldn’t have picked Sessions to head the Justice Department if he knew the former Alabama senator would end up recusing himself from the investigations into Russia’s 2016 election interference. Abrams reacted to this on Good Morning America, where he predicted Sessions would probably resign in response to Trump’s “astonishing” remarks.
“Regardless of what you think about Jeff Sessions or James Comey or Robert Mueller, this is stunning,” Abrams said. “If you care about law enforcement and the official positions that they hold, this feels like a troubling effort to undermine their independence.”
ABC’s Pierre Thomas noted how Trump’s comments place a “tremendous amount of pressure” on the DOJ with regard to their independence and autonomy. When the discussion turned to the independent counsel on Russia, Abrams told George Stephanopoulos that he expects Trump will eventually order the Justice Department to fire Mueller.
“These are not the comments that you make when you are expecting this to be a long and difficult investigation,” Abrams said. “It’s not to say that the president committed a crime and, therefore, he’s going to fire Robert Mueller. I just think these comments he’s making are making it clear he’s had enough of this investigation.”
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