The real-time Celebrity Apprentice spinoff that is the White House now has Attorney General Jeff Sessions–early Trump bandwagoner–as the latest potential candidate out the door, ABC News reports. Yesterday it was Reince Priebus. Four days ago it was Steve Bannon. A month ago Kellyanne Conway disappeared. But who can keep up.
Two sources have told reporters that Sessions had floated his resignation if he wasn’t given the freedom to do his job; the New York Times reported that Trump has been displeased with Sessions since he recused himself from the Russia investigation. Yesterday he complained on Twitter that the Department of Justice watered down his “travel ban,” language which Justice Department lawyers have been trying really hard to avoid:
This, just a few days before fired F.B.I. director James Comey will testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee, presumably to be asked whether his firing had to do with the F.B.I. investigation into the administration’s ties to Russia. The White House did not respond to requests for comment but Press Secretary Sean Spicer was asked at a press briefing today if the president still has confidence in the attorney general. “I have not had a discussion with him about that,” is all Spicer would say.
Comey, CNBC reports, has refused to answer various questions about the investigation into Michael Flynn, who resigned a million years ago. The public portion of the testimony will be broadcast on live TV Thursday at 10 AM which the president will be live-tweeting, “should he feel the need to respond.”
Sessions may be sticking around, for now, but there are plenty of cast members waiting in the wings. Trump joked today that his son-in-law Jared Kushner has “become more famous than him.” As Steve Bannon knows, that’s not a good sign.