How to Read Wednesday’s Trump Tweet About Jeff Sessions

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Let’s dissect a tweet issued by President Trump earlier today.  Here it is:

Attorney General Sessions issued the following statement a bit later:

“We have initiated the appropriate process that will ensure complaints against this Department will be fully and fairly acted upon if necessary,” Mr. Sessions said in his statement. “As long as I am the Attorney General, I will continue to discharge my duties with integrity and honor, and this Department will continue to do its work in a fair and impartial manner according to the law and Constitution.”

So, sounds like the Attorney General is back in the President’s doghouse, and that he’s pretty irritated with being called out by Mr. Trump in that way, right?  On the surface, that’s exactly what it sounds like.

But let’s think about what lies beneath the surface in this situation.

First, why not use Justice Department lawyers to investigate the…well, the Justice Department?  After all, that’s who was abusing the FISA process, at least according to the findings published by the House Intelligence Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee.  That would be sort of a conflict of interest, wouldn’t it?  Don’t you think the President, who spent 50 years in the business world, understands the concept of conflict of interest?  Of course he does.

Second, those DOJ lawyers have a pretty big investigation load going on already related to abuses during the Obama era.  Remember, over a 3-week period in December and January, AG Sessions announced his DOJ lawyers would be investigating Uranium One, the FBI’s sham investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email servers, the Clinton Foundation, and the Obama Administration’s refusal to prosecute members of the terrorist group Hezbollah in the interest of propping up its deal with Iran.  Don’t you think the President is aware of all of those ongoing investigations?  Of course he is.

Third, the IG is already investigating FBI and DOJ abuses in the investigation of the Clinton email scandal.  Oh, and by the way, the Hillary Clinton email scandal is directly linked to the FISA abuse scandal, given that both involve several of the same players at FBI, guys with names like Strzok, McCabe and Comey.  It is extremely likely that, during the course of his year-long investigation, IG Michael Horowitz has already been investigating the abuse of the FISA process – he could hardly help coming across evidence of wrongdoing in that case.  Don’t you think the President is aware of all of that?  Of course he is.

Fourth, yes, the IG does not have prosecutorial powers.  However, he does have the power to make criminal referrals to the Attorney General.  What is going to have more public credibility – indictments issued by the Republican DOJ attorneys working for a Republican AG, or indictments sought by the Republican AG on the advice of an IG who….

Fifth, yes IG Horowitz was appointed by Barack Hussein Obama, as the President conveniently reminds us in his tweet.

Sixth, while the fake news media and #neverTrump people who have been wrong about everything for the last three years always claim that the President just belches these things out on Twitter without giving them a moment’s thought, the truth is that we have found out repeatedly that there is pretty much always a method to his seeming madness; and

Seventh, there is this passage from the Sessions statement: “… this Department will continue to do its work in a fair and impartial manner according to the law and Constitution.”  What could be more fair and impartial and in accordance with the law than relying on an Obama appointee with a spotless reputation for fairness and impartiality to conduct these investigations?  And who, by the way, every Democrat talking head on TV will spend the next week defending, precisely because of the President’s exchange with his Attorney General today.


Let me speculate what the method behind this particular tweet and the AG’s response might be:

  • I expect we are about to see IG Horowitz issue his report on his 14 month investigation into the Clinton email scandal soon, as in no later than a week from now;
  • I expect we are going to discover that his 14-month investigation covered a lot more ground than just the email scandal, and will likely include findings related to Uranium One, the Clinton Foundation and other matters that were very interrelated to the email scandal;
  • I expect the report will contain a raft of criminal referrals, and that AG Sessions will promptly act on those referrals;
  • I expect the fake news media is going to wail in protest and will naturally go after Horowitz,  but is going to have a pretty hard time convincing the public that the guy who was appointed by Barack Obama just spent 14 months dummying up a report at the behest of Donald Trump;
  • I expect that the President is actually pretty pleased with Sessions, and that if he was really as upset with his AG as he has pretended to be over the last 14 months and as mercurial as the fake news media like to portray him as being, he’d have fired Sessions in a fit of pique long ago.

That’s a lot of expectations out of a single tweet and a one-paragraph response, but as I said above, the President really doesn’t just toss stuff like this out onto his Twitter account for no reason.

That is all.

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Aunt Geek



You are spot on. This is all staged for public and media consumption. Coming just before the big bomb hits. I believe Trump knows Sessions can’t be successful if he is seen as too much in Trumps corner. So he appears to go after Sessions, causing the Media to defend him and Horowitz so now what do they do when all the shoes begin to drop ? Just like Comey, the dems eww against him until Trump fired him. Then he became a victim. Trump is playing the media and dems like A fiddle and they are running around like cats chasing a laser pointer. Trump has figured out how Washington works and has continually turned the tables on them!

Marty Martin

Hope you are right, but if the IG report comes out as “no big deal” it’s going to be hard to restart this mess!

Jim Johnston

I have read about this on other sites, and I certainly hope that its right. It means that for the first time in many years, we have a president who not only understands the media, is also smarter than the media. I am holding my breath for the next few weeks until the IG report comes out. I think it has been kept under wraps for maximum effect, but any delays, may cause some who have been waiting for this to get scared. I want to this to be played out for maximum impact. The only thing I fear is the media will be so stunned, that they will blow this whole thing up so badly, as to literally cause a constitutional crisis by even more craven lies and overwhelming fake news. If the Clintons and Obama’s do not see this coming, how will they react? Its a little spooky to consider. Some pundits have to know this is shaping up to be a barn burner… I have my popcorn ready….


Well, it shouldn’t be long until we find out with the IG report. But I’m not holding my breath on it.

Robert Moran

Gosh, Mr. Blackmon, did I just read this related link correctly? Today’s Campaign Update (Because The Campaign Never Ends)

Our thus-far useless Attorney General Jeff Sessions will likely finally be put on the spot today, as he testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Oct. 18, 2017

Now a tactical genius?


“I expect that the President is actually pretty pleased with Sessions, and that if he was really as upset with his AG as he has pretended to be over the last 14 months and as mercurial as the fake news media like to portray him as being, he’d have fired Sessions in a fit of pique long ago.”

Yeah, people miss this about a President whose catch phrase was “You’re fired” in a different career. When Trump fires people in real life, he does it quickly, quietly, and with as much positive spin as possible.

This is a WWF wrestling match for the media. It’s giving the DOJ cover to do investigations with a relatively free hand and keeping Session as the underdog. It’s all going to hit the fan when they arrest people. I suspect it will happen overnight (and probably on a Friday evening.)


Excellent analysis and plausible theory. I concur. Trump is running interference. Sessions is doing his job. All will be revealed soon. Some call it “The Big Ugly.” Bring it.

Charles Solomone

Right spot on…especially your assessment that Trump’s emails are well timed for maximum effect. The next few weeks will give you a lot to analyze and comment on. Good times.

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