Michael Tomasky calls the firing of Jeff Sessions the “Wed. Afternoon Massacre” and an attempt by a president under investigation to subvert the law and end that investigation. After the firing of James Comey, it is the second time Trump has tried to do this. Trump is eager to install Matt Whitaker who advocated for ending the investigation. Tomasky says Trump knows the AG is supposed to be independent of the White House, but he simply doesn’t care which means laws mean nothing to him.
- Does Trump know that the A. General is supposed to be independent of the White House?
- Was Sessions fired to subvert the Russia investigation?
- Will the Mueller Russia investigation be stopped?
We don’t know yet if firing Jeff Sessions will work—the good news is that Democrats will soon have subpoena power, and this is still enough of a democracy that public opinion does ultimately matter.
But let’s just take a step back here and call this Wednesday Afternoon Massacre what it is: an attempt by a president of the United States who is under investigation to subvert the law and end that investigation.
In fact, this is the second attempt by this president of the United States to subvert the law and end the investigation into him.
The first of course was Trump’s firing in May 2017 of then-FBI director James Comey. That was so many WTFs ago that you may find it hard to recall the shock that, if you are a person who understands the Constitution, the rule of law, and the traditions of independence that every modern president except Trump and Richard Nixon have honored, surely registered when you first heard the news.
It was shocking in part because presidents don’t fire FBI directors. It had happened only once before. Bill Clinton did it in 1993. Oh, say the wingnuts: Clinton did it! Double standard!