Courtesy of the Business Insider:In case you missed Senator Al Franken rip apart Jeff Sessions lies, here's the clip. pic.twitter.com/jopVVIb6rx— Red T Raccoon (@RedTRaccoon) October 18, 2017
Attorney General Jeff Sessions engaged in a lengthy, heated exchange with Democratic Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota during a Senate hearing on Wednesday. The battle focused on what Sessions told the Judiciary Committee during his confirmation hearing in January about his communications with Russian officials during the 2016 presidential campaign.
During a line of questioning from Franken in that January hearing, Sessions was asked what he would do as attorney general if he found evidence that "anyone affiliated with the Russian government" communicated with the Trump campaign through the election. Sessions said he was unaware of any such activities and insisted he "did not have communications with the Russians."
It was later reported that Sessions had a handful of conversations during the campaign with the Russian ambassador to the US at the time, Sergey Kislyak. As a result, Sessions recused himself from all matters related to the Trump campaign and insisted he did not attempt to mislead the committee.
"This allegation that a surrogate — and I had been called a surrogate for Donald Trump — had been meeting continuously with Russian officials, and that's what I — it struck me very hard, and that's what I focused my answer on," Session said on Wednesday in response to a question from Franken. "And in retrospect, I should have slowed down and said, 'But I did meet one Russian official a couple of times, and that would be the ambassador.'"
Franken said that once Sessions was confronted with the reports, he began to change his answer about whether he communicated with Russians.
"So again, the goalpost has been moved," Franken said. "First, it was 'I did not have communications with Russians,' which was not true. Then it was 'I never met with any Russians to discuss any political campaign,' which may or may not be true. Now it's 'I did not discuss interference in the campaign,' which further narrows your initial blanket denial about meeting with the Russians.
"Since you have qualified your denial to say that you did not 'discuss issues of the campaign with Russians,' what in your view constitutes issues of the campaign?" he said.
Sessions of course denied that "he had any improper discussions with the Russians at any time about the campaign."
This was by no means the only adversarial back and forth that Sessions had today.
Courtesy of CNN:
Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday faced tough questions from his former colleagues on the Senate judiciary committee -- forcing him to once again repeatedly deny any improper contacts with the Russian government during the presidential campaign.
"My concern is you were part of the Russian facade and went along with it," Vermont Democrat Sen. Patrick Leahy said after a second round of tense questioning as the hearing stretched into the afternoon. "I'm sorry, I've known you for years, and I'm sorry you would do that. "
Sessions denied the allegation and expressed dismay that his former committee chairman would make it.
"It did hurt me to hear you say I'm part of a façade, I'm not part of a façade," Sessions said.
So the Keebler elf got his little fee fees hurt and really wanted to take his ball and go home.
However his emotional boo boos did not keep him from stonewalling.
Courtesy of Vox:
Attorney General Jeff Sessions acknowledges that he discussed then-FBI Director James Comey with President Donald Trump before writing the letter that was used as justification for Comey’s firing in May. But he won’t say what, specifically, Trump’s concerns with Comey were — and in particular, whether Trump was intent on getting rid of Comey to dispel the “cloud” he felt the FBI’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election had cast over his presidency.
In a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sessions confirmed to Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) that he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had met with the president before writing their May 9 letters, which justified firing Comey based on his treatment of the 2016 investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server as secretary of state.
But asked whether Trump had ever voiced concerns about a “cloud” over the Russia investigation to Sessions — or what, in particular, Trump’s concerns about Comey were — Sessions claimed the content of his conversations with the president was confidential.
So even though Trump has repeatedly blamed Jeff Sessions for recusing himself and allowing a Special Counsel to be appointed to investigate possible ties to Russia, and even though his continued employment seems to be tenuous at best, Sessions refuses to throw his boss under the bus?
Man, Adolph Hitler WISHES he had soldiers this loyal.