Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks at the Justice Department in Washington on Dec. 15, 2017.  (Carolyn Kaster/AP)
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Attorney General Jeff Sessions helps President Trump undermine the FBI. “It says a lot about the man that he was willing to pressure [FBI Director Christopher] Wray to remove [Deputy Director Andrew] McCabe—and that he was willing to put sufficient pressure on him to provoke a conflict. . .  . in context, when the president is attacking McCabe and explicitly tying the attacks to the Russia investigation, and when Sessions is recused from that investigation, the proper role for Sessions is actually the one that Wray played here. The job of the attorney general here was to try to uphold and defend the FBI’s independence.” Arguably the worst attorney general since John Mitchell.

This will wreck Sessions’s false narrative of a crime wave caused by illegal immigrants. “Preliminary statistics show declines in the number of both violent crimes and property crimes reported for the first half of 2017 when compared with the first half of 2016.”

Tariffs undercut an agenda that’s supposed to be pro-growth. “South Carolina, a state that strongly backed President Donald Trump, isn’t happy about his move to impose hefty tariffs on imported washing machines. That is because Samsung Electronics Co. recently started production at a $380 million manufacturing plant in the state, hiring 600 employees and promising to expand as it increases production for the U.S. market.”

And here’s another way to sabotage growth. “Key House Republicans with the support of the White House have introduced the Securing America’s Future Act (H.R. 4760) as their solution to the immigration impasse in Congress. But the bill would have far-reaching negative effects on economic and labor force growth in the United States, instituting the most severe restriction on legal immigrants since the 1920s.”

GOP members of Congress diminish their own credibility by helping Russia derail the special prosecutor. “Top congressional Democrats on Tuesday called on Facebook and Twitter to urgently examine the role of Russian bots and trolls in the growing online campaign to release a classified memo about allegations that the FBI mishandled a classified surveillance request as it probed Russia’s meddling in the 2016 campaign.” This may prove quite embarrassing to the Republicans.

It sort of ruins his reputation for hiring only the “best” people. Commerce Secretary Wilbur “Ross is a Wall Street titan of an earlier age, he’s lost a step and often seems out of touch, and he can’t strike a deal. [Interior Secretary Ryan] Zinke is impulsive, makes short-sighted decisions, offers unwise favors to friends, and fails to coordinate with staff before making announcements. Do these shortcomings sound familiar?”

This should delegitimize its use. “Alabama law enforcement raked in roughly $2.2 million through civil asset forfeiture in 2015, according to the report, which examined forfeiture cases in 14 counties. The report reveals a widespread lack of transparency, uncovers large racial disparities, and shows that marijuana offenses were a major driver of forfeiture actions.”