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OP-ED: It’s Reset Time At The Justice Department

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Jeff Sessions has been perhaps the most surprising disappointment of this administration.

The first Senator to throw his lot behind the renegade Trump campaign at a time when the entire Republican establishment was united against the brash New Yorker, Sessions was in a perfect position to advance the President’s agenda at The Department of Justice by shaking up the status quo of lackadaisical immigration enforcement, weak policies on terrorism, and a hands-off policy towards Obama/Clinton era Democratic corruption.

Sessions wasted these opportunities right at the outset of the administration with his boneheaded and unnecessary decision to recuse himself in any matter connected with the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign. This crippled his authority over the Department right off the bat, and put hostile careers and Obama appointees at Justice in the driver’s seat for the duration of his tenure; effectively turning the Attorney General into a ceremonial post relegated to speaking at Law School commencements and the occasional ribbon cutting ceremony.

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Cowed by the Deep State bureaucrats under his command, he compounded this mistake with his insistence on having Comey and Mueller ally Rod Rosentstein serve as his deputy. Rosenstein took effective control of the Department upon Sessions’ Russia recusal, which has proved a disastrous impediment to advancing the interests of the President, allowing a phony investigation of Russian collusion to consume the political energies of the administration and feeding the establishment dream of overturning the election results of two years ago.

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While in office, Sessions has pursued his own agenda on issues where he retains some authority, in direct contradiction to the President’s agenda and political well-being.

For example, strongly against the trend toward the legalization of marijuana at the state level, Sessions has stacked the deck by helping convene a secret commission to provide the president with exclusively negative information regarding effects of pot consumption and the experience of states that have taken legalization measures. He also rescinded the Cole memo on marijuana enforcement at the state level, yet another example of his insistence on pursuing a personal agenda at serious political cost to the president.

It was past time for Sessions to go, and filling his position at Justice creates an opportunity to turn around numerous negative narratives he has created for Trump.

It is time for an attorney general that can do the job, in an uncompromised, vigorous fashion.

Of the various names being floated out there by Washington insiders, a few are political non-starters.  John Sullivan, the current deputy secretary of state should be dismissed out of hand — in part, if not exclusively, for his decision to pursue a witch hunt against Trump political appointees at State.  He was a Tillerson pick, and should probably rejoin Tillerson in the private sector.

Strong choices include: Janice Rogers Brown, a former United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit; Chuck Coooper, a strong appellate attorney and litigator in Washington, DC; Kris Kobach, the Secretary of State of Kansas who is 100 percent behind the President and a rising star in the immigration debate; Adam Laxalt the current Attorney General of Nevada, and Mike Carvin, a strong attorney with extensive DOJ and appellate court experience.

All of the above would be great loyal choices for POTUS and would turn the Justice department around. President Trump needs his top law enforcement official firing on all cylinders and aggressively countering the inevitable shenanigans of a newly empowered House Democratic leadership over the next few years to put him in a strong position for the re-elect in 2020. Since his choice for the next Attorney General needs to be a bold one, he can’t afford to heed the voices of the usual cautious Republican-establishment fixers who have inevitably steered him wrong when he has bothered to take their counsel. A strong Trumpster at Justice can change everything.

Rob Wasinger is the former Director of Senate and Gubernatorial Affairs for President Trump’s White House.
Follow him on Twitter at @RobertWasinger.

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White House Press Secretary: It Was Fine for Biden Family to Ignore COVID Edicts Because They Were ‘Celebrating’

The rules only apply to the peasants.

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White House Press Secretary Jennifer Psaki responded to concerns from reporters about President-imposed Joe Biden ignoring his own COVID-19 lockdown orders on inauguration day by claiming it was fine because he was “celebrating.”

Psaki is essentially making the argument that elected officials do not have to abide by their own edicts and that those orders are for the little people whom they lord over.

“Why weren’t President Biden and all members of the Biden family masked at all times on federal lands last night if he signed an executive order that mandates masks on federal lands at all times?” the reporter asked.

“He was celebrating, uh, an evening, uh uh uh, a historic day in our country, and certainly he signed the mask mandate because it’s a way to send a message to the American public,” Psaki said, stammering through her response.

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This is far from the first time that Democrat politicians have violated their own orders with regards to COVID-19 in blatant fashion, as Big League Politics has reported:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is blaming a salon, alleging an elaborate conspiracy against her, after she was caught breaking COVID-19 quarantine rules to get a haircut.

“I take responsibility for trusting the word of a neighborhood salon,” Pelosi said to reporters on Wednesday. “It turns out it was a setup.”

Pelosi was apparently clueless about the COVID-19 restrictions in her home state of California and went solely on the word of the salon, if her dubious story can be believed at all.

“I take responsibility for trusting the word of a neighborhood salon that I’ve been to over the years many times,” Pelosi said.

“I trusted that – as it turns out it was a setup,” she added. “So I take responsibility for falling for a setup and that’s all I’m going to say on that.”

Now, she wants the salon to issue an apology to her for supposedly engaging in this elaborate conspiracy to make her look foolish and hypocritical.

“I think this salon owes me an apology for setting up,” she said.

Erica Kious, the California salon owner being criticized by Pelosi, is not likely to apologize. She appeared on Fox News to talk about Pelosi’s extreme contempt for the little people and her obvious belief that she is above the rules that others in non-privileged positions have to abide by.

“It was a slap in the face that she went in, you know, that she feels that she can just go and get her stuff done while no-one else can go in, and I can’t work,” she said.

In-door salon activity is still banned in the city of San Francisco, although outdoor haircuts are now permitted.

Democrats are no longer operating under the pretense that they are stewards of the people. They are planning to coronate a globalist technocracy with mush-brained Biden as the hapless figurehead.

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