Fox News’ Ed Henry Questions the Wisdom of Trump Criticizing His Own AG Jeff Sessions
On Wednesday night, the hosts of The Five and Fox News Chief National Correspondent Ed Henry intensely discussed what was behind President Trump‘s latest attacks on his Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
In an interview with The New York Times, Trump slammed the former Alabama senator, saying, “Sessions should have never recused himself and if he was going to recuse himself he should have told me before he took the job and I would have picked somebody else.”
Dana Perino noted that Trump didn’t really take the time to talk about the ongoing health care debate or tax reform during the interview. She asked Henry if expressing his frustrations in such a matter was part of his new legal team’s strategy going forward.
“You can’t craft a scenario Dana, where Ty Cobb would want the President of the United States to do,” Henry responded.
Henry assumed that Cobb’s advice to Trump is to stop talking about the investigation and lashing out on people on his own team and let this play out and not add more fuel to the fire.
“Instead, we have the president attacking his own Attorney General… that seems to be coming out of nowhere,” Henry added. “But when you talk about the legal advice from Trump’s legal time, part of their frustration has been that rather than letting this settle down, the President has been riling it up.”
“That is true,” Jesse Watters reacted. “He has been going forward very strongly on this investigation.”
Watters went on to say that the Robert Mueller investigation “didn’t have a lot to sink its teeth into until this meeting broke and now everything seems to be coming to the forefront.”
Henry clarified that no one really knows what the Special Counsel is or isn’t investigating, but the questions are there.
Juan Williams brought up how Sessions offered his resignation, but despite Trump rejecting it, the “bitterness is still there.”
“It seems like the president cannot let go of the fact that these investigations have expanded and escalated… because of one thing in his mind, which is if Jeff Sessions had not recused himself, this would have been contained at the Justice Department, investigated there… it went to Rod Rosenstein who basically decided. ‘Okay, we’re gonna kick this to a Special Counsel,'” he said.
Perino defended Sessions, asking “how could he have predicted the future that he would going to recuse himself about a Russia issue” which occurred after he became Attorney General, adding that “dumping on Sessions tonight makes sense.”
Henry noted that Sessions was one of the first Republicans who stuck his neck out for Trump during the election, but reiterated Trump’s frustrations with his recusal, which Perino responded by saying he was protecting the president and the integrity of the investigation and not himself.
The segment was interwoven with the other breaking news of Sen. John McCain‘s brain cancer diagnosis and the announcement that Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort, and Jared Kushner will be testifying before Senate committees next week.
Watch the clip above, via Fox News.
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