The Democrats were salivating and rubbing their hands together in anticipation of The Crucifixion of Jeff Sessions on Tuesday, but they didn’t quite get what they wanted out of the attorney general. Instead, Sessions showed up to the Senate hearings ready to fight, emphatically denying that he had any improper meetings with Russian officials and telling the Intelligence Committee that he was fully within his legal rights to recommend to the president that FBI Director James Comey be sent packing.
There was also a beautiful moment where Sessions simultaneously defended himself from Democrat Ron Wyden and took a thinly-veiled swipe at Comey in the process.
Wyden, infuriated that Sessions would not answer questions about his private conversations with President Trump, said, “I believe the American people have had it with stonewalling.”
Sessions, far from intimidated by his former colleagues, said, “Sen. Wyden, I am not stonewalling. I have followed the historic policies of the Department of Justice. You don’t walk into a hearing or a meeting and reveal confidential communications with the president of the United States, who is entitled to receive confidential communications and your best judgment about a host of issues.”
Boom. Take that, Wyden. And you take one of ’em, too, Comey.
Wyden, frustrated, demanded that Sessions tell the committee what Comey was referring to when he said last week that the FBI had become aware of information that would make the attorney general’s continued involvement in the Russian investigation “problematic.”
“Why don’t you tell me?” Sessions replied. “There are none, Sen. Wyden. I can tell you that. This is a secret innuendo being leaked out there about me, and I don’t appreciate it.”
Sessions also fought back hard on the Democrat Party line that he somehow violated his own recusal when he became involved in Comey’s firing.
“It is absurd, frankly, to suggest that a recusal from a single specific investigation would render the attorney general unable to manage the leadership of the various Department of Justice law enforcement components that conduct thousands of investigations,” he said. “The scope of my recusal does not and cannot interfere with my ability to oversee the Department of Justice, including the FBI, which has an $8 billion budget and 35,000 employees.”
On his supposedly-clandestine meetings with Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak, Sessions’ patience was obviously wearing thin.
“Let me state this clearly, colleagues: I have never met with or had any conversation with any Russians or any foreign officials concerning any type of interference with any campaign or election in the United States,” he said. “Further, I have no knowledge of any such conversations by anyone connected to the Trump campaign.”
Of course, Sessions’ credible and definitive testimony won’t mean anything to Democrats. They have entered the Land of Make Believe. On one hand, their pundits are saying, “Oh, no one’s seriously suggesting that Jeff Sessions was colluding with Russia.” On the other hand, everything the Democrats say or do hints at that VERY SUGGESTION. Next, they’ll be telling us they don’t really believe that Trump colluded, either. Well, then what the hell is all of this about?
It’s about politics, plain and simple. And this entire fiasco needs to come to an end before we do irreparable damage to our democracy.