Never Liked Jeff Sessions

Never Liked Jeff Sessions

Jeff Sessions, the new Attorney General, is one of the least attractive picks for key positions made by Trump. I knew little about him before he was selected, but it was clear from the start that he lacked seriousness, weightiness, and the kind of breadth and intelligence that the position requires. That’s probably true for all or most of our new leader’s other senior choices as well, but Sessions’ inadequacies just stood out so clearly from the get-go.

That’s why it is hard so feel sorry for him, now that the President has publicly, humiliatingly and with such vengeance, turned on him only months after appointing him. But, I actually do feel sorry for him. The poor guy made the only decision possible before him immediately after being confirmed – recusing himself completely from all matters associated with the inquiry into collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

But, given his limited intelligence, he didn’t realize at the time he was appointed that the President wanted him as Attorney General only and specifically because he could (would?) provide interference between him and all inquiries into Russia’s involvement in the 2016 campaign. But that was indeed the only reason he was picked for the job. His recusal makes him less than useless for Trump.

Now comes the interesting moment. Will Sessions resign or will he surprise us all and stay, defying the President’s will. To be fair, no one in the government, including those in Congress, has yet to stand up to Mr. Trump. But, this could be the moment where the tide changes – the first person to so do.

It doesn’t seem, from the little I have observed, that Sessions has it in him to defy the President and stay in his job. But, wouldn’t it be wonderful if he did – setting an example for legions of others.

Daniel Socolow
Daniel Socolow: President, Socolow Group. Former Director of the MacArthur Fellows Program, President of the American University of Paris, Vice President of Spelman College. BA, MA, Ph.D.

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