Can anyone answer this one for me?
It seems clear that Donald Trump’s strategy in criticizing Jeff Sessions is to get him to quit as AG so that Trump can appoint someone else as AG who will agree to fire Robert Mueller. I get that. It seems to be obstruction of justice, but Trump is now desperate because Mueller reportedly has enough dirt on him to bury him.
But what I can’t figure out is why Trump has chosen to repeatedly attack Sessions for having recused himself from the Russia investigation. That just seems to have created more evidence that Trump has been trying to obstruct the investigation.
Wouldn’t it have been safer for Trump to criticize Sessions for the very reason Sessions did recuse himself — for having held undisclosed meetings with Russian contacts and lying to Vice President Pence about that? Trump could have attacked Sessions for all that and even used it as an excuse to fire Sessions, and no one could have then easily criticized Trump for doing that.
Attacking Sessions for having met with the Russians would also serve to insulate Trump somewhat from the collusion charge. He could say that while Sessions and Manafort and even his son were meeting with Russians during the campaign, not only did he (Trump) not know anything about that, it would be wrong to have done that.
Instead, Trump has continued to attack Sessions, not for meeting with the Russians, but for having indirectly acknowledged that those undisclosed meetings were wrong. Trump has been extremely clear in saying that he wants Sessions to protect him from Mueller’s investigation.
I used to waiver between thinking Trump was either incredibly stupid or that he was really an evil genius who was three steps ahead of everyone else. Now, I’m inclined to think the former. or am I missing something?