Donald Trump on Sessions' Russia Recusal

[Note: I wrote this Wednesday and it got stuck in draft mode]

Donald Trump's recent interview with the New York Times reads like a self-pity party. He berated Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his recusal on the Russia Probe and said he wouldn't have hired him had he known he would recuse himself. He said the recusal was unfair to him [More...]

....Trump said on Wednesday that he never would have appointed Attorney General Jeff Sessions had he known Mr. Sessions would recuse himself from overseeing the Russia investigation that has dogged his presidency, calling the decision “very unfair to the president.”

....“Sessions should have never recused himself, and if he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me before he took the job and I would have picked somebody else,” Mr. Trump said.

Trump also played the victim card with respect to James Comey and Bob Mueller. Excerpts of the interview are here.

Even Rod Rosenstein is insulted:

TRUMP: So Jeff Sessions takes the job, gets into the job, recuses himself. I then have — which, frankly, I think is very unfair to the president. How do you take a job and then recuse yourself? If he would have recused himself before the job, I would have said, “Thanks, Jeff, but I can’t, you know, I’m not going to take you.” It’s extremely unfair, and that’s a mild word, to the president. So he recuses himself. I then end up with a second man, who’s a deputy.

HABERMAN: Rosenstein.

TRUMP: Who is he? And Jeff hardly knew. He’s from Baltimore.

Trump then repeats himself:

TRUMP: Yeah, what Jeff Sessions did was he recused himself right after, right after he became attorney general. And I said, “Why didn’t you tell me this before?” I would have — then I said, “Who’s your deputy?” So his deputy he hardly knew, and that’s Rosenstein, Rod Rosenstein, who is from Baltimore. There are very few Republicans in Baltimore, if any. So, he’s from Baltimore. Now, he, we went through a lot of things. We were interviewing replacements at the F.B.I. Did you know Mueller was one of the people that was being interviewed?

Then he claims Mueller wanted Comey's job:

TRUMP: Did you know Mueller was one of the people that was being interviewed?

HABERMAN: I did, actually.

TRUMP: He was sitting in that chair. We had a wonderful meeting.

HABERMAN: Day before, right?

SCHMIDT: Did he want the job?

TRUMP: The day before! Of course, he was up here, and he wanted the job.

Then he calls James Comey a liar:

Look, you look at his testimony. His testimony is loaded up with lies.

Ivanka's daughter comes into the room and he insists she recite Chinese for the reporters. She says 5 words and he brags,

TRUMP: She’s unbelievable, huh?...Good, smart genes.

What a laugh this interview is. Trump can't stick to a message, a topic, or even hold a thought for three seconds. He has no filter. Whatever comes into his bizarre head comes out his mouth. His inconsistent versions of events will sink him at some point. His lawyers must be cringing.

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    He doesn't understand the concept of recusal (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by Chuck0 on Fri Jul 21, 2017 at 08:22:01 AM EST
    because he doesn't understand conflict of interest. To him, there is no such thing. There is only his interests, period. This guy has no class, no dignity, no respect for his own office. I am disgusted with the American people who voted for this reject from humanity.

    Bizarre (none / 0) (#1)
    by Ga6thDem on Fri Jul 21, 2017 at 08:12:48 AM EST
    is definitely the word to describe the interview. Not only does he act like a victim he also acts like a mafia don expecting everybody to do his personal bidding.

    And I don't think he has a clue that (none / 0) (#3)
    by Anne on Fri Jul 21, 2017 at 08:39:15 AM EST
    the things he says in these interviews are fair game and can be used against him and potentially against others.

    The latest developments have me convinced that he is running scared now; I don't think he's scaring or intimidating Mueller in the least, and may, in fact, be hardening a case for obstruction, and his efforts to make all of this go away are just more rhetorical rope with which he is going to end up hanging himself - apparently, the lawyer has not been found who can control Trump's mouth.

    Here's the thing, though: Republicans may think this crisis isn't going to affect them, but when people realize their gutless Republican members of Congress were only willing to bring marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers to toast over the flames of the Constitution, they are going to pay a price for their utter lack of principle and their disregard for their oath of office.  The political ads are already writing themselves.


    The Republican (none / 0) (#4)
    by Ga6thDem on Fri Jul 21, 2017 at 08:51:31 AM EST
    consultant Rick Wilson has been warning them of the same thing: if they don't think this is going to sink them they need to get a clue. He's been telling them to vote against Trump's initiatives. The more you vote and align yourself with Trump the bigger trouble you are going to be in during the next election.

    You make the mistake (none / 0) (#5)
    by Chuck0 on Fri Jul 21, 2017 at 09:47:59 AM EST
    of assuming that the people who voted for this reprobate have any principles. They do not. These people who wave the flag the hardest, spew about god and guns and freedom are the least principled people on this planet. These people don't really believe in anything. They don't know what their bible actually says, they don't have a clue as to the actual text of the Declaration of Independence or US Constitution. The have formed opinions based on self preservation, half truths and lies from right wing radio. They believe if someone else is gaining, then they are losing, someone is taking something from them, and they can't have that. They view someone else's (read immigrants, brown or black peoples) success as their failure. These believe in nothing. They have no ideals. They spout banal and vapid platitudes about god and country without really believing in it. So if you think these people are going to take anything out on the soulless and gutless Republicans that they consistently vote for, over and over, you are sadly mistaken. They send these same turds back to Congress again.