Trump, Sessions escalate war with California (The Hill link): Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday announced a new lawsuit against the state of California, escalating a war of words between the conservative administration and the liberal capital of the so-called resistance. Sessions on Wednesday announced the administration would sue the Golden State over three laws that hinder its ability to enforce federal immigration laws.
The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in the Eastern District of California and announced Wednesday by Sessions before law enforcement officers in Sacramento, is only the latest in a string of decisions the Trump administration has made that has left California politicians feeling targeted.
California Gov. Jerry Brown, ordinarily a cautious politician not prone to outbursts even when it comes to the Trump administration, gave an unusually passionate and at times personal rebuttal.
“This is basically going to war against the state of California, the engine of the American economy. It’s not wise, it’s not right, and it will not stand,” Brown said at a hastily-organized news conference just blocks from where Sessions spoke.
Brown, who referred to the attorney general as “Jeff” and to the president as “Donald,” said the administration is “full of liars” who are pleading guilty to charges brought by special counsel Robert Mueller. He said the lawsuit amounted to a political stunt meant to ingratiate Sessions with Trump, who Brown said would be certain to tweet his support.
“I assume, and this is pure speculation, that Jeff thinks that Donald will be happy with him,” Brown said. “Let’s face it, the Trump White House is under siege. Mueller is closing in. There are more indictments to come.”
"I do think this is pure red meat for the base, and I would assume -- this is pure speculation -- that Jeff thinks Donald will be happier with him and I bet Donald will be tweeting his joy with this stunt," Brown said.
Special counsel Robert "Mueller is closing in. There are more indictments to come. So obviously the attorney general has found it hard to be just a normal attorney general. He's been caught up in the whirlwind," Brown added. Brown accused the administration of "going to war" with California and said Sessions was acting "more like Fox News than a law enforcement officer" in his visit.
"Look, we know the Trump administration is full of liars," he said. "They've pled guilty already to the special counsel. ... What Jeff Sessions said is simply not true and I call upon him to apologize to the people of California for bringing the mendacity of Washington to California, and trying to insert discord and dysfunction ... to a state that's actually working."
“Let’s face it: The Trump White House is under siege. Mueller is closing in. There are more indictments to come,” Brown said, without explaining the basis for his prediction. “So, obviously, the attorney general has found it hard just to be a normal attorney general. He’s been caught up in the whirlwind of Trumpism.”
Brown also invoked Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election, comparing Sessions’ lawsuit and his speech to those attempts to influence American politics.
“It’s about dividing America,” the governor said. “There’s been a lot of concern about people foreign people trying to sow division and discord. Now, we have the attorney general doing precisely that.”
“There is basically going to war against the state of California, the engine of the American economy,” Gov. Jerry Brown (D-CA) charged. “It’s not wise, it’s not right and it will not stand.”
“Attorney General Sessions compared California’s actions — quite intentionally I think — to the actions of the slave states in nullification and secession during the Civil War,” Hayes noted as Sen. Harris chucked. “What do you say to that?”
“Indeed, indeed he did,” Harris replied. “Listen, as far as I’m concerned, Jeff Sessions should be advised — and I’ll advise him right now — that it’s a bad idea, for him, to start talking about anything to do with the history of slavery or reconstruction or the Civil War in the United States.”
“His credibility is pretty much shot on those issues,” Sen. Harris reminded.
Sources familiar with Trump's plans say he is expected to visit California to the US-Mexico border to look at border wall prototypes in the San Diego area.
The President and White House have been looking to schedule a trip to the border "for a while," one source said. Trump has not visited California since he was sworn into office, though Vice President Mike Pence did a lucrative fundraising swing through the state in October.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders confirmed Trump is traveling to California next week but did not provide more specific details.
Asked why he hasn't visited before now, Sanders said Trump had been busy enacting elements of his agenda, such as creating jobs and growing the economy.
Mod: It should be a regular love fest.