Donald Trump’s Statement About Jeff Sessions’ Recusal Is Raising More Ethics Questions
Donald Trump set off red flags for every future White House appointee on Wednesday when he made a troubling comment about Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Trump’s comment was focused on Sessions’ decision to recuse himself from the investigation into Donald Trump and his administration’s possible collusion with Russia during the 2016 campaign election cycle.
In an interview with the New York Times, Trump complained about Sessions’ recusal.
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.
Future appointees are now left to decide if they should fulfill their legal obligation under established rules and regulations or provide their full and unfettered loyalty to President Trump.
According to The Hill, Former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson spoke about Sessions’ recusal, saying that Sessions’ involvement with the Trump campaign made him too close to the investigation to be allowed to be a part of it.
Basically, Jeff Sessions had no choice. Being involved in the campaign, there are aspects of the campaign that are under investigation, and so he had to recuse himself.
Between loyalty to Donald Trump, and loyalty to his own responsibility under U.S. law, Jeff Sessions chose integrity, and now the President is attacking that decision.
Trump has run into a brick wall of sorts during his recent candidates’ selection process with many choices refusing to hold office under the incredibly erratic 45th President of the United States.
Now that he has publicly declared that working for the President may mean choosing between unethical and possibly illegal behavior or threats to employment status, other potential appointees should consider themselves warned.
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