With the GOP all-but-sanctioning Donald Trump’s plan to fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions after the midterm elections next week, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow unveiled that the latest nefarious Trump administration maneuvering.
When and if Sessions is fired or resigns, the host noted, the next in line to lead the Justice Department is Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein — the man who is already leading the special counsel probe after the attorney general recused himself from the investigation and drew the president’s ire.
But if the embattled deputy AG is also ousted, that leaves Solicitor General Noel Francisco — a man with significant conflicts of interest when it comes to Robert Mueller — to lead the DOJ.
It was previously reported that Francisco’s previous work at the prestigious Jones Day law firm was in direct conflict to the Mueller probe because the firm represents the Trump campaign in the investigation.
As the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) government watchdog organization revealed Friday, however, the White House issued a previously-unpublished exemption waiver to typical ethics rules that allows Francisco to work on the Mueller investigation.
“In April of this year, the Trump White House issued a secret permission slip to Solicitor General Noel Francisco which excuses him from the ethics rules that would otherwise block him from being involved in any legal matter involving the law firm at which he was a partner,” Maddow said.
The White House normally publishes a list of exemption waivers like the one granted to the solicitor general, but his is absent from that online list, a fact “which is itself a story,” Maddow noted.
“We can now see for the first time that the Trump White House has been maneuvering so if Rod Rosenstein is fired or quits, the guy from the law firm that is representing the Trump campaign in the Russia investigation will be allowed to oversee, to take over the whole Russia investigation,” the host said.
Watch below via MSNBC:
Sarah Huckabee Sanders could be the future of GOP: columnist
Last week, Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced that she's stepping down as White House spokeswoman. The end of Sanders' embattled tenure prompted a range of reactions, from reporters celebrating her departure to Trump fans and provocateurs Diamond and Silk offering to take the job next.
Now y'all know that Diamond And Silk? would dismantle and destroy the fake news media on day one. It would be the highest rating Pay-Per-View Press Conference in the history of all Press Conferences.https://t.co/wxL8yswP17
‘Even bigger lunatics than we realized’: UN officials reportedly think Trump is planning ‘massive’ bombing campaign in Iran
As the Trump administration prepares to deploy 1,000 additional troops to the Middle East in a move critics warned will heighten the possibility of all-out war with Iran, United Nations officials reportedly believe the U.S. is also planning a major “aerial bombardment” of an Iranian nuclear facility.
United Nations officials are “assessing the United States’ plans to carry out a tactical assault on Iran,” the Jerusalem Post reported Monday, citing anonymous diplomatic sources at the U.N. headquarters in New York.
Lock him up? Democrats are pushing prosecution for Trump — but those calls alarm some law enforcement vets
President Donald Trump -- whose rallies are still punctuated with "lock her up" chants" -- may face turnabout from his Democratic rivals.
Some Democratic candidates are openly threatening Trump with prosecution once he's out of office, and those taunts are alarming to some law enforcement veterans, reported Politico.
“Presidents aren’t supposed to suggest there be investigations or prosecutions of particular people, let alone their political rivals,” said Matt Axelrod, a former Justice Department senior official under Obama. “President Trump has flagrantly and repeatedly violated that norm, but that doesn’t mean the norm has been obliterated.”