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WSJ: Trump's Abuse of Sessions 'Crossing Dangerous Lines'

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By    |   Wednesday, 26 Jul 2017 02:58 PM

President Donald Trump's drumbeat of abuse lobbed at his own attorney general is "crossing dangerous legal and political lines," The Wall Street Journal wrote Tuesday in an editorial.

What started as frustration for Attorney General Jeff Sessions recusing himself from all things Russia has now turned into criticism for being too weak on Hillary Clinton and her email transgressions.

That's a red line, the Journal writes.

"Mr. Trump is clearly frustrated that the Russia collusion story is engulfing his own family. But that frustration has now taken a darker turn. This humiliation campaign is clearly aimed at forcing a Sessions resignation," the WSJ wrote.

"Any Cabinet appointee serves at a president's pleasure, but the deeply troubling aspect of this exercise is Mr. Trump's hardly veiled intention: the commencement of a criminal prosecution of Hillary Clinton by the Department of Justice and the firing of special prosecutor Robert Mueller," the Journal wrote.

"Mr. Trump's suggestion that his attorney general prosecute his defeated opponent is the kind of crude political retribution one expects in Erdogan's Turkey or Duterte's Philippines."

But Sessions' recusal is a direct result of Trump firing James Comey and then suggesting via Twitter that he had tapes of his meetings with the former FBI director, the WSJ wrote.

Those are actions Sessions just could not expect to anticipate when he was interviewing for the job as AG.

"As a candidate, Mr. Trump thought he could say anything and get away with it, and most often he did. A sitting president is not a one-man show. He needs allies in politics and allies to govern. Mr. Trump's treatment of Jeff Sessions makes clear that he will desert both at peril to his presidency," the WSJ wrote.

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President Donald Trump's drumbeat of abuse lobbed at his own attorney general is "crossing dangerous legal and political lines," The Wall Street Journal wrote Tuesday in an editorial.
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