A Session With Sessions

Section 1001 of the U.S. Code states in part that:

“Whoever, in any matter within the jurisdiction of the executive, legislative, or judicial branch of the government of the United States, knowingly and willfully” falsifies or conceals information, including before a congressional committee’s inquiry, may also be fined or imprisoned up to five years.”

Section 1621 of the code states in part that anyone who …

“… willfully and contrary to such oath states or subscribes any material matter which he does not believe to be true” is guilty of perjury and shall be fined or imprisoned up to five years, or both.”

Better make room in the federal penitentiary for one Jeffrey Beauregard Sessions.

On Tuesday, 13 June 2017, Jeff Sessions testified, under oath, before the Senate Intelligence Committee investigating the various strands of connection between Trump, his staff, and the Russian government.  He lied … under oath.  There is no doubt in my mind.

jeff-sessionsSessions said he couldn’t remember much of the details of his conversations or communications on the subject of Russia. “I may have had some conversations and I think I did, with the general strategic concept of the possibility of whether or not Russia and the United States could get on a more harmonious relationship,’’ he said, calling it “tragic’’ that the two countries don’t get along better. Either he is lying or he is so senile that he cannot remember his conversations … either way, he is not qualified for the position he holds.

“I’m not able to be rushed this fast. It makes me nervous.’’ Awwwww shucks … poor li’l Jeffy …

“I have never met with or had any conversations with any Russians or any foreign officials concerning any type of interference with any campaign or election in the United States.”

Mr. Sessions initially told Congress earlier this year during his confirmation hearings that he had no contacts with Russian officials last year, but in March he was forced to acknowledge meeting the ambassador, Sergey I. Kislyak, on two occasions. A third meeting at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington D.C., reportedly took place in April 2016.

Sessions denied meeting with Russian officials at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington in April 2016, adding that he could not “recall” any such private conversations with the Russian ambassador, Sergey I. Kislyak, there. “If any brief interaction occurred in passing with the Russian ambassador, I do not remember it,” he said.

As regards James Comey’s testimony last week that he (Comey) had expressed concerns to AG Sessions about direct communications with Trump, to which Sessions did not reply, Sessions said, “While he did not provide me with any of the substance of his conversation with the president, Mr. Comey expressed concern about the proper communications protocol with the White House and with the president. I responded to his comment by agreeing that the F.B.I. and Department of Justice needed to be careful to follow department policies regarding appropriate contacts with the White House.”

Mr. Sessions repeatedly refused to discuss his conversations with Mr. Trump about the Russia investigation or Mr. Comey’s firing beyond what was in his recommendation memo about ousting Mr. Comey, which the White House released.

Sessions made it clear that he did not take kindly to the insinuations and accusations arising from the fact that he previously failed to disclose meetings with Mr. Kislyak. And he came to the committee in large part to defend himself against what he called “an appalling and detestable lie” that he had colluded with Russian officials. “I recused myself from any investigation into the campaign for president, but I did not recuse myself from defending my honor against scurrilous and false accusations,” he said.

I do not believe anything Sessions said.  It becomes obvious to me that the term “under oath” has little, if any, meaning to the Trump administration of which Jeff Sessions is a part.  Did he or did he not meet with Russian ambassador Kislyak on April 16th?  A straight “yes” or “no” question, but he cannot – or will not – answer it.  Once he recused himself from the Russian investigation, why did he play a role in the firing of FBI Director James Comey?  Does he fail to understand the meaning of the word “recuse”?

The time spent on Sessions’ testimony was time wasted by the Senate Intelligence Committee, for he answered untruthfully in some cases, and in other cases dodged the question with non-answers and evasions.

Fellow-blogger Gronda Morin has delved much deeper into Sessions’ testimony than I have the heart for, and for a more in-depth analysis, be sure to check out her post  .  And if you have the stomach for it, you can find a full transcript of Sessions’ testimony  on Politico’s site.

What happens next, you ask?  Who knows.  The Senate Intelligence Committee indicated that they will have more questions for Mr. Sessions at some point in the future, and Sessions will likely be invited to testify before Robert Mueller at some point, but meanwhile … here is my thought, for what it’s worth:  In light of some obvious ‘discrepancies’ in Jeff Sessions’ testimony, and some blatant lies prior to this point, Mr. Sessions should be temporarily suspended from his duties as U.S. Attorney General until the truth is known about his contacts and connections to officials within the Russian government.  Assistant Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appears to be a man of integrity and would do well filling the shoes of the Attorney General in the interim.  Sessions may then decide to ‘remember’ what actually took place and be truthful, or he can become permanently unemployed … his choice.  Meanwhile, he should have absolutely NO contact with anybody in the Attorney General’s office, nor should he have any contact with Donald Trump. I believe there is more than adequate reason for this decision.

The lies among the Trump administration are piling up like dog poop and smell just as bad.  We The People must demand some transparency from this administration, else they must be ousted … all the way up to the very top of the pile.  I am tired of all the b.s., and I’m pretty sure the rest of the nation is too.  And why are we not hearing cries of “Lock Him Up”???  They surely said it enough in 2016 about Ms. Hillary Clinton, who was innocent as a rose compared to this bunch of thugs.

24 thoughts on “A Session With Sessions

  1. I’ve lived in the south among some lovely people but these days I almost flinch every time I hear a southern accent.These Trump people are giving the South and southerners a bad name many people from there don’t deserve. 😦 — Suzanne

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    • I, too, have known a number of southerners who are excellent people, and I try not to lump all southerners into a category of being racist, or shallow, or homophobic. But the reality is that there is a more prevalent attitude of bigotry in all forms in the southern states than in the northern. Look at how many states in the south have passed, or tried to pass, anti-LGBT bills. And yes, it is unfortunate that the people without an ounce of prejudice are lumped together with the crowd. I wish I had a solution for that, but … I do not. Sigh.

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  2. Best British Upper-Class University Educated- Senior Civil Service Voice: ‘Well of course, I’m not surprised about what that Sessions fellow said. The fellow is one of those dreadful unreconstructed southern politicians, like someone out of a Tennessee Williams play. Just absolutely devoid of any sense of fair play or moral rectitude. I mean the man’s middle name is Beauregard! It says it all!”
    Aide to Sessions J :”Gosh Mr Sessions! Those brits been all mean and profiling y’all, T’ant fair that a man should be judged by where he’s wuz born, nor the way he speaks, an’all”
    Somewhere in the depths of an obscure dept in Washington; “Hey will you look at this. Seems like people are moving out of Alabama. Now why do you suppose that is?”

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    • I think that will be just like his taxes … if there are tapes, they will never see light of day … perhaps they will mysteriously disappear or accidentally be erased by Kellyanne! 🙂

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  5. Jill, good post. Two comments. I don’t think Sessions is linked directly to any collusion with the Russians, but nothing would surprise me about people around this President. I do think he and the President are guilty (or abuse of power at a minimum) in obstruction of justice. My opinion is he and the President have had conversations on how to impede Comey and the investigation, which the Presidebt admitted (after earlier stated reasons) he fired Comey to curtail the Russia investigation. As for the collusion with the Russians, there is a building case that others on the President team did so (see Gronda’s piece) and apparently the Senate has concerns with their 97 to 2 vote yesterday to add further sanctions AND restrict the President from changing them. That also speaks volumes. Keith

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    • Well, I said I would not be surprised. Apparently. Sessions did lie. He not only met with a lobbyist for Russia, he had him over to his house for dinner on two occasions. Equally troubling, this lobbyist helped write a Trump speech last year.

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      • I rather doubt whether there is a single person in Trump’s inner circle, including Ivanka & Jared, who is innocent in the Russian saga. I hope they all sink on the Trump-tanic!!!

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    • Thanks Keith!!! I agree … I think we are going to be surprised when (if) we ever get to the bottom of this whole mess, at how many people were involved, either directly or indirectly. As you said, yesterday’s senate vote speaks volumes. Let us hope the members of the House are also waking up and smelling the coffee, as the bill will need the support of 2/3 to override the veto that we can expect when it reaches the desk of the prez.

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      • Jill, Gronda has been doing some great reporting on this. Whether it is Trump or Kushner, this has always been about money. There is too much intertwined money between these two names and Russian investors enabled by Putin. The Senate bill was passed over the recommendation against it voiced by Rex Tillerson. Keith

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        • Yes, I read that Tillerson was against it … no surprise there. But now today I read that Germany is concerned that additional sanctions against Russia could hurt German businesses and they are considering retaliation against the U.S. if that happens. Just shows what a global world this has really become … everything affects so many others.

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  6. Dear Jill,
    I think he was testifying more for the benefit of DDT than for any other reason. It was his way to get back in DDT’s good graces even though he was forced to recuse himself from any involvement on the Trump-Russian saga. DDT blames him for the existence of the Special Counsel Robert Mueller III who he can’t easily fire.What a tangled weave he created.
    Thanks for the referral to my blog.
    Hugs, Gronda

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    • Yes, it sounded more like he was an actor on stage saying, “Look, Donnie … see, I am loyal!!!” As I said, the phrase “under oath” has no meaning to any of them. I sense their ship is about to start taking on massive amounts of water, though … 🙂 Hugs!!!

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  7. The media here say that on the one hand he appeared honest – that he did not seem like someone who would sell his country to Russia. But they also stated that on the other hand he appeared to be fiercely loyal to Trump. And that he sort of tried to wiggle out of some questions. – Well, I guess I too am mainly asking “what now?”

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      • Yes … but will it crack enough? Enough that something will be done, or only enough for everyone to be even more sick of this whole presidency than they were before? Here everyone just recites “no Republican congress will take any action against a Republican president” over and over again.

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        • Well … in essence, at this point, they are right that at least THIS Republican Congress is not ready to take action against Trump. BUT … some are getting tired and disillusioned by him, so there is the first chink in the armour. And, if, as I strongly suspect, Bob Mueller is able to find evidence that ties Trump directly to the Russian hacking of the election, then I think Congress will have no choice but to take action. Frankly, I think some of them are beginning to realize that their hopes of surviving the mid-terms next year with their jobs intact are growing dim. Such interesting times … I just rather wish I were viewing them from outside the U.S. …. it’s a little too “in your face” to suit me. Sigh. 😥

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