This is a must-read piece by Andrew McCarthy. It addresses the video of Jeff Sessions questioning Sally Yates that has the Leftists atwitter and the media pushing more fake news.
There is nothing remarkable about this. The attorney general (and other Justice Department officials) are obviously supposed to give the president and the administration their best legal advice. In context, what Sessions meant by telling the president “no” was advising the president that a course he wants to pursue is, in the judgment of the attorney general, unlawful. That’s not news. Telling the president “no” in that situation is not insubordination; it is the job. Executive-branch officials do not have their own independent reservoirs of power; they are delegated to exercise the president’s power.This makes so much sense. It's not hard to understand.
That is not what Yates did in connection with Trump’s EO. She did not privately tell the president she objected. She directed the executive branch to defy the president by not enforcing his directive. That is lawlessness. As our editorial points out today, executive-branch officials do not have their own independent reservoirs of power; they are delegated to exercise the president’s power. That means their choice is to exercise it as the president directs or honorably resign. Sabotage is not an option.
Nor was Sessions suggesting otherwise. To the contrary, he was emphasizing that the attorney general owes the president his best advice. The question of what should be done if the president declines to take that advice did not come up in the questioning.
Moreover, what Sessions was specifically talking about is a situation in which the president’s proposed course of action is “going to be a violation of the law.” Far from being a violation, Trump’s executive order is firmly grounded in the law.
I get why the Leftists don't want this to be the case, but they need to deal with reality.
Yes, they've lost their minds, but that can't derail us. We can't get bogged down addressing their delusions. We need to move forward.
And we are.