From Congressman Issa, via Politico:
“You cannot have somebody, a friend of mine Jeff Sessions, who was on the campaign and who is an appointee,” the California Republican said in response to a question from host Bill Maher. “You’re going to need to use the special prosecutor’s statute and office to take — not just to recuse. You can’t just give it to your deputy. That’s another political appointee.”
Could it be that Issa realizes that AGs who are perceived as protecting Presidents fall, and that unless you are absolutely insulated, it is hard not be drawn into a coverup.
While the word “friend” in the above could just be designed to prevent any sense of betrayal, it could also be designed to emphasize that Sessions needs this for his ongoing credibility. In any event, this makes it easier for Sessions to support special prosecutor, without seeming to undercut Trump. Of course, Sessions, as a Cabinet member, would get to vote in any process to remove Trump under the 25th Amendment.