It is all too easy to think the political firing of FBI director James Comey simply boiled down to a panicked Trump potentially committing obstruction of justice to cover his tracks.
But other members of the Trump campaign may also have reason to want to quash an investigation including Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Buried in a new report from the New York Times is a bombshell revelation about the lengths to which Sessions went to try to undermine Comey in the days before his firing:
The New York Times has also learned that four days before Mr. Comey was fired, one of Mr. Sessionss aides asked a congressional staff member whether he had damaging information about Mr. Comey, part of an apparent effort to undermine the F.B.I. director. It was not clear whether Mr. Muellers investigators knew about this incident.
The revelation that Sessions injected himself into the Comey firing is not entirely new. He and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein reportedly played a key role in drafting the memo justifying Comeys removal, the circumstances of which special counsel Robert Mueller is looking into.
But the extent to which Sessions was actively trying oust Comey may be greater than previously thought, which would completely contradict his earlier promise to recuse himself from anything related to Russia.
If Sessions was so motivated to make the ouster happen that he was digging for dirt on capital hill, we must wonder what he is so desperate to hide and whether Mueller has already uncovered it.