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.
Sessions 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.