— Sessions looks like he could use some of that medical marijuana he’s trying to criminalize.
— I see that John McCain is here again today, who gets to sit in and ask questions by virtue of a technicality (as chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, he gets to hang out). Democrats should be allowed to send someone, too. Like, oh, I dunno: Al Franken.
— While we are waiting, The Daily Caller is reporting that Cindy McCain, the wife of one of Donald Trump’s few Republican critics, John McCain, has taken an as yet unspecified ambassadorship in the Trump administration. I guess that’s how you wear down an opponent, huh? Nothing suspicious about that.
We did this last week with the James Comey hearing, and while I don’t expect as much engagement from the Sessions hearing, my guess is that many of you will be watching and there’s nothing else going on at the moment, so let’s settle in and watch together. I’ll update here periodically, but check the comments for the blow-by-blow, which our readers will almost certainly provide (with plenty of insightful commentary).
Ahead of the hearing, a couple of notes:
This morning, in front of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said that he’s the only person that could fire Bob Mueller, and that he wouldn’t do so without cause, and he has seen no cause to justify such an action. Meanwhile, Paul Ryan doesn’t think Mueller should be fired, either. “I think the best thing to do is to let Robert Mueller do his job,” he said today.
It may not matter anyway.
A source close to Trump's legal team tells me there is no truth to the notion that he is considering terminating the special counsel.— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) June 13, 2017
Rosenstein also said that he knows what Mueller is investigating Sessions about, but that Sessions does not. Awkward.
Elsewhere, White House Counsel Michael Cohen has been asked to testify Sept. 5 in front of House Intelligence Committee (why must we wait three months?).
It should be noted that the Sessions hearing is taking place as Trump’s disapproval ratings have now hit an all-time high.
Gallup 3-day average has Trump at 60% disapproval (new high),36% approve. Puzzling. Just yesterday Trump was at 100% approval from Cabinet.— Larry Sabato (@LarrySabato) June 13, 2017
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