Jeff Sessions's law license in jeopardy over false Senate testimony about Russian Federation
- Author: Larry Hoffman Mar 10, 2017,
Mar 10, 2017, 17:57
The exchange reflected the lingering deep partisan anger over the Justice Department's decision to close without charges the Clinton email investigation and a separate probe into how the IRS processed requests for tax-exempt applications.
Last week it was revealed, in the New York Times, that Sessions did, in fact, meet with Russia's ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak twice previous year - once at the Republican National Convention in July and in an office meeting on 8 September.
During an interview with Hugh Hewitt, Sessions dismissed the idea of giving non-citizen, enemy combatants of the United States due process and constitutional rights.
The Huffington Post reports that Sessions attended the same cocktail meet-and-greet in Washington, D.C., inside a private room at the Mayflower Hotel where President Trump himself met with Kislyak. Sessions was so involved in the campaign that he helped Trump pick Mike Pence as his running mate back in July, and had a top aide help formulate Trump's immigration policy. Now facing mounting to pressure to resign for failing to disclose at least two such dealings of his own during his Senate confirmation hearing, Sessions is openly musing about appointing a special prosecutor to investigate former President Barack Obama's DOJ.
Even if the two didn't meet, or Sessions didn't realize Kislyak had been in attendance, in the objective of being methodical he should have immediately amended his testimony to account for the possibility when news broke Tuesday that Trump had met with Kislyak there.
Two: Attorney General Sessions was asked during his nomination proceedings if he had ever corresponded with Russian officials.
Sessions later confirmed that the meetings took place, but denied discussing the campaign with Kislyak. Sessions was explicitly asked if he had "been in contact with anyone connected to any part of the Russian government" during the election, to which he replied "No".
It's not a crime to speak with the Russian ambassador as legislator.
No special prosecutor needed to investigate Donald Trump's web of ties to Russia during the months when Russia was interfering in the USA election and Sessions himself was meeting with the Russian ambassador, meetings he then told the Senate Judiciary Committee hadn't happened (we call that lying). If a special prosecutor finds wrongdoing, they will have the authority to bring charges, Sessions noted.