Attorney General Jeff Sessions continues to sit on thin ice.
Sessions’ recusal from the Russia investigation set in motion a chain of events that culminated with Robert Mueller’s appointment.
But no one expected Trey Gowdy to go on TV and deliver career-ending news to Sessions.
Gowdy appeared on Fox and Friends and was asked for his comments on a recent New York Times story.
The Times had reported that Trump asked Sessions to reconsider his recusal and that Sessions balked at the President’s request.
Trump has long maintained that Sessions should have informed him he was going to recuse himself, which would have freed Trump up to choose a different Attorney General.
Gowdy agreed with the President and stated that Trump had every right to be frustrated.
“I think what the President is doing is expressing frustration that Attorney General Sessions should have shared these reasons for recusal before he took the job, not afterward.”
While Gowdy rebuking Sessions would have made major news, the real bombshell occurred shortly thereafter when President Trump tweeted out Gowdy’s remarks and ended his tweet storm by saying he wished he had picked a different Attorney General.
….There are lots of really good lawyers in the country, he could have picked somebody else!” And I wish I did!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 30, 2018
Some Trump supporters speculate Gowdy had an ulterior motive for making these comments.
Many observers believe Trump will fire Sessions once the Mueller witch hunt concludes.
Trey Gowdy has announced his retirement from Congress and supposedly turned down a nomination for a open judicial seat on the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.
That leaves Gowdy looking for a job and the former federal prosecutor has stated his desire to return to the justice system.
To many conservatives, Gowdy’s comments about Sessions appeared to be an interview for the job of Attorney General.
Trump supporters would be thrilled with that development.
Gowdy – along with Devin Nunes – led the charge to uncover the abuse of power in unmasking Trump officials caught up in foreign surveillance, as well as the use of the fake news Steele dossier to obtain a FISA warrant against Carter Page.
Trump allies were puzzled by the fact that Gowdy – in this same interview – defended the FBI running a covert spy against the Trump campaign.
But that was chalked up to a former federal prosecutor wanting to give the FBI the benefit of the doubt and being misled.
After all, Gowdy’s conclusion was not based on actually seeing any documents.
Gowdy attended a briefing where Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray presented information about the spy and the active measures ran against the Trump campaign in a manner that made the FBI look good.
At the very least, Sessions has exhausted all goodwill with Trump and his supporters.
Trump approvingly tweeting out Gowdy’s slam on Sessions signals that Sessions’ days are numbered and that Gowdy could be a possible replacement.