Ruth Marcus: Jeff Sessions, please don't resign – New York News




Words I never imagined typing: Attorney General Jeff Sessions, please stay.

It’s obvious that President Trump wants you to go. He and his aides have made that blindingly, humiliatingly clear. But it’s also obvious that Trump does not want to do the deed himself.

You may be a dead attorney general walking. Still, don’t make the president’s job any easier by going gently. Don’t enable this cowardly lawlessness. Certainly, you serve at the president’s pleasure, and he has made his displeasure abundantly clear. The source of it is — from my point of view — pretty much the one thing you have done correctly during your tenure at the Justice Department: You recused yourself from overseeing the probe into Russian meddling in the election.

This was the correct call, and not a close one. If anything, it took you too long to get there; your recusal came only after reports about your misleading testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee about your Russian contacts during the campaign.


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Your decision to recuse yourself from the Russia probe was not, as Trump claimed in his petulant New York Times interview, “very unfair to the president” — it was clearly mandated by Justice Department regulations, which provide that “no employee shall participate in a criminal investigation or prosecution if he has a personal or political relationship” with its subject. The regulations define a political relationship as “a close identification with an elected official … arising from service as a principal adviser thereto.”

So staying in your post,…

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