One day he will see it, he’ll look in the mirror and find he doesn’t recognize the man staring back at him. Whatever you think of Jeff Sessions, the former Senator from Alabama who is now the Attorney General of the United States and the land’s chief law enforcement officer. He was once a proud man. A man of conviction and firm beliefs.
He’s heard some of the names he’s been called, racist chief among them. But he was always able to brush them aside, knowing they surely didn’t apply to him. He believed in the rule of law, he believed himself to be fair and honorable. Sure he’d had a little slip of the tongue from time to time. He called a black Assistant US Attorney “boy” on multiple occasions and told another to “know his place.” He called the NAACP, “un-American,” although he denied having done so under oath in a failed nomination attempt for a Federal Judgeship. He has gone hard in the paint for voter suppression but in his mind, it was about fighting non-existent fraud and not about keeping black voters from the polls. That’s what he told us anyway.
He was able to truthfully say that when he served in the Senate, he was liked on both sides of the aisle. He enjoyed the collegiality that used to exist in the Senate and in a one on one setting and in small groups was considered friendly. He took great pride in being referred to as, “The Gentleman from Alabama.”
Somewhere along the line, he lost his way. Sessions was the first from the Senate to endorse Donald Trump and his loyalty has known no bounds. It has become clear he has perjured himself multiple times in Congressional hearings by claiming to have no knowledge of personally meeting with Russian officials during the campaign and being unaware of anyone with the campaign who’d done so. We now know that in meetings including the President-Elect, he was involved in conversations about proposed meetings with Russians. He was told of campaign workers meetings with Russians. He lied under oath putting the President and his administration above his country. He has ignored the actions of Russians in the 2016 campaign and is doing little to stop them in 2018, 2020, and beyond. Jeff Sessions has become something he never imagined he would be… a traitor.
Always a proud man, he has been publicly abused by the President for recusing himself from the Russia investigations after his first lies about personal Russian contacts were revealed. He once offered his resignation letter to the President which was ultimately declined. He would have been better off had it been accepted. He was indignant when his trustworthiness was questioned in his last appearance before Congress, perhaps next time some of his shame will show through?
This doesn’t end well for Jeff Sessions. While he might have once been a minor footnote in history. He’ll ultimately be revealed as having sacrificed his honor and ignored his oath of office, to protect the worst President in United States history. The word, “Gentleman” will have been replaced by other far less dignified, some not fit for family publications. Whatever you may have once thought of Jeff Sessions, he has proven to be far less. A man without honor, country, and ultimately friends. The soon to be former Attorney General of the United States.