“While I am attorney general, the actions of the Department of Justice will not be improperly influenced by political considerations” [Sessions] said in a statement. He added that he is “proud of the work we have done in successfully advancing the rule of law.”
- Starting at the top, the newspapers reported that our president made another in his series of complaints about the current investigation of possible election fraud involving the president and/or his campaign.This is an investigation that the president is fond of calling a "rigged witch hunt." The president's most recent statement asking for an end to the investigation, and mentioning the Attorney General, is what led to Mr. Session's public rebuke, as outlined above.
- According to the San Francisco Chronicle, an attorney for Congress Member Duncan Hunter wrote a letter to Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein (who serves directly under Jeff Sessions) urging the government not to prosecute Hunter, who is accused, along with his wife, of using campaign funds for personal expenses, all to the tune of about $250,000. Here is what Hunter's attorney said about the charges that the Congress Member is going to face, as he wrote Rosenstein asking for special treatment: "An indictment before the November election will result in a solidly Republican district being handed to a Democratic candidate." The attorney urged Rosenstein not to take any prosecutorial action that "could swing a solidly Republican seat in the mid-term elections."
- Finally, at the local level, a member of the Berkeley City Council, pulled over for running a red light (a very serious moving violation) told the officer who stopped him that he was not only a member of the Council, but that the Council was "voting on your contract right now." The officer let him off with a warning, though it doesn't appear she was too happy about it.