While I understand that it was important for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to testify Tuesday in front of Congress, ultimately, it was pointless.
For starters, Sessions was one of Trump’s first, and most loyal, supporters from very early on in the GOP primary. Are there really people out there who think he’s going to be completely honest and forthcoming with information that would ultimately lead to Trump’s demise as “president”?
Then the testimony itself was worthless. The questions most people wanted to hear answers to, information regarding conversations he and Trump have had concerning the Russia investigations and James Comey’s firing, he essentially refused to answer. Even though Trump hadn’t asserted his right of “executive privilege” which would have prevented Sessions from revealing what the two men had discussed in private, the attorney general still behaved as if he had.
In other words, there was nothing that prevented Sessions from answering most of the questions pertaining to he and Trump’s conversations, yet he chose not to answer them, citing a presidential power that Trump hadn’t exercised.
Then when he was asked about another possible meeting between himself and the Russian ambassador (which, if true, would become the third undisclosed meeting between the two), he never said emphatically that a third meeting didn’t take place, just that he “didn’t recall” if it had. That’s another way of saying, ‘I know the answer, but I’m hoping that the FBI can’t find enough concrete evidence to prove it happened. However, if they do, then my uncertainty as to whether or not that meeting occurred will be my defense against possible perjury charges.’
After all, he didn’t deny that there was no way the meeting took place — he just couldn’t remember.
Because, you know, that’s believable.
Keep in mind that this is the same person who didn’t disclose two other meetings with the ambassador from Russia when he spoke to Congress under oath earlier this year. Omissions he claims were simple oversights, even though he was asked, specifically, if he had any contact during the 2016 campaign with officials from Russia. And as it turns out, he was the only senator to meet with the Russian ambassador during last year’s election.
Funny how that works, isn’t it?
Not only was one of Trump’s top surrogates the only senator from either party to meet with the Russian ambassador (twice) during last year’s election, it seems those meetings were the only ones he didn’t disclose to Congress when he testified under oath earlier this year.
And now there’s the possibility of a third meeting between the two men, that Sessions claims he can’t “recall” having.
And let’s not act as if Sessions has the best history with being an ethical and upstanding citizen. This was a man who was denied a position as a federal judge — by Republicans, no less — during the 1980’s over accusations of bigotry and racism. Yet because the GOP has devolved into the cesspool that it currently is, somehow a man who wasn’t fit to be a federal judge not all that long ago, is now our country’s top law enforcement official.
The truth is, Sessions couldn’t tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth… because he’s likely guilty of crimes, too!
I’ve said this for a while now. While Trump’s clearly the biggest name in all of this, I fully believe there are other prominent Republicans who could be implicated as well. Sessions being one of them.
Much like Trump (and really all criminals, for that matter), Sessions’ best bet is to hold out hope that someway, somehow, this crooked administration can undermine these investigations, obstruct justice, and slither their way out of facing the repercussions for their actions.
Will that happen? I highly doubt it. I think this has gone on for too long, and too much has already been discovered, for Trump and his cronies to do much about it. Which is exactly why I think they’re all panicking right now, desperately trying to do anything they can hoping to save their backsides.
A person has to be an absolute idiot to sit there and tell me they believe Jeff Sessions was cooperative, forthcoming, and honest with his testimony on Tuesday.