President Donald Trump, who believes the entire administration should be in his pocket, was left quite stunned when he got a reality check that his “guys” at the Justice Department did not agree with each and every one of his moves.
In recent weeks, the president has been complaining about how he cannot understand why “my guys” at the “Trump Justice Department” won’t release a secret memo, according to The Washington Post. The four-page document allegedly details abuses related to government surveillance under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and the president believes the Obama administration used the program to spy on his campaign.
The comments were made public in a story that focused on how the memo could undermine Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Trump wants the memo released to the public and said so to his White House chief of staff John Kelly. The senior official conveyed the message to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, where it was met, much to Trump’s surprise, with complete refusal.
The Department of Justice has called Trump’s suggestion to release the memo without an official review, which was created by House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA), “extremely reckless” and has pushed back at lawmakers seeking its release.
It is ultimately up to Congress to release the memo. But Trump is insisting on it “because it will shed light” — and the department’s continuous refusal is frustrating the president.
Trump’s churlish attitude toward those who do not immediately bend to his whims — including threatening to fire them — have become one of the central focuses of the investigation.
Last June, Trump openly began discussing firing Mueller and did, in fact, issue the order White House counsel Donald McGahn. However, McGahn threatened to resign if he was forced to carry out the directive and the president was ultimately talked out of the decision by his senior aides.
The Washington Post reports that Trump complained about why he can't get "my guys" at the "Trump Justice Department" to do his bidding.— Brian Krassenstein🐬 (@krassenstein) January 28, 2018
I'll tell you why, Mr. Lenin.. I mean Mr. Stalin... I mean Mr. Trump...
Because then we'd be living under an authoritative dictatorship.
Trump is angry that he can't simply get the Russia probe to go away by giving orders to "my guys" at what he calls the "Trump Justice Department."— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) January 28, 2018
This mindset is being examined as a window into his *intent* in trying to impede probe, WaPo reports:https://t.co/7WXsv5E6Br pic.twitter.com/sK6uqC2fP0
Trump complained about why he can't just have 'my guys' at the 'Trump Justice Department' do his bidding...— PoliticsVideoChannel (@politvidchannel) January 29, 2018
Because We Don't Live in A dictatorship
And it's not the Trump DOJ... It's OUR DOJ!!
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