Earlier this week, former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued an open letter to the people of Alabama about his 2017 recusal from the investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Sessions, a candidate for the Republican nomination for November’s U.S. Senate election, argued that given he was a part of the 2016 Trump campaign, he was required by statute to recuse and insisted that at the time of accepting then-President-elect Donald Trump’s appointment as U.S. Attorney General during the transition, he did not foresee a Russia investigation.
On Thursday, former Auburn head football coach Tommy Tuberville, Sessions’ opponent in a July 14 runoff for the GOP nod and the opportunity to face U.S. Sen. Doug Jones (D-Mountain Brook) in the November election, dismissed Sessions’ explanation during an interview that aired on Huntsville radio’s WVNN.
“I’m sure it is going to go all the way through because if he hadn’t recused himself, he would still be attorney general,” Tuberville said. “He would still be on ‘Team Trump.’ He’s trying to fight and get back on ‘Team Trump.’ I’ll tell you right now, that ain’t happening. The one thing about it — you know, you recused yourself. You say you had to recuse yourself. Well, why in the world would you turn it over to ‘Never Trumpers’ like [Rod] Rosenstein? He’s going to turn around and give it to [Robert] Mueller, who is a ‘Never Trumper,’ can’t stand President Trump. [James] Comey is involved. He basically threw this country under the bus with about 200 liberal lawyers in the Department of Justice.”
Tuberville argued Sessions could have put the investigation into the hands of an impartial investigator and not former U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who Tuberville deemed a “Never Trumper.”
“So you recuse yourself — why not go out there and find somebody who not biased, give it to them and let them run it the right way?” he continued. “I mean, there are so many problems with this and people have got to understand — this is not Republicans and Democrats really that is coming after President Trump. It’s the Deep State. They’re still after him, Republicans and Democrats. They are after him. The former Senator just turned them loose on him.”
The former Auburn coach speculated the probe led by former Department of Justice special counsel Robert Mueller came at an exorbitant cost to the country and maintained Sessions’ efforts to “apologize” would not better his chances in the July runoff election.
“It probably cost us a trillion dollars in terms of getting things done and what we could have got done,” Tuberville added. “I know it is $40 million in just paying all of these overpriced lawyers. They’re after President Trump — but they’re really not after President Trump. They’re after the American people and the American way of life. President Trump is pretty much our spokesman. He’s the guy standing in the way of socialism. Why in the world would we have turned that group loose on him like a bunch of hyenas absolutely amazes me.”
“[Sessions] can go out there and apologize all he wants,” he continued. “But that’s not going to do any good. We’ve got a double-digit lead, and it’s growing. People are fired up. I’m excited about it because I want to be on the team that gets this country straight again.”
@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University and the University of South Alabama, the editor of Breitbart TV, a columnist for Mobile’s Lagniappe Weekly and host of Huntsville’s “The Jeff Poor Show” from 2-5 p.m. on WVNN.