Jeff Sessions Seems to Think He’s Donald Trump’s Personal Lawyer
On so many things he’d invent his own legal standard. Like when he was asked if he was at the Mayflower Hotel as a Senator or as a campaign official he basically tried to pretend it was a third category.
But this third category was Someone very interested to hear Donald Trump give the first big foreign policy speech of his campaign.
So in what way does this third category differ from a campaign official?
Sessions spent most of the hearing stonewalling on all important questions.
“The big and overriding takeaway from this hearing is that Sessions declined to answer almost all the pertinent questions – in most cases because they involved his discussions with President Trump and in at least one case (or this was what I understood him to be saying) discussions with other leaders at the Department of Justice. There’s an important back and forth about what basis he had for this refusal. That is important in itself. But the gist, as Sessions eventually seemed to concede, was that he was refusing to answer because he did not want to preclude or render moot the President’s ability to assert executive privilege.”
He was pushed on why he wouldn’t answer important questions-was it classified? Is the WH asserting executive privilege? Sessions kept saying that it was somehow ‘inappropriate’ for him to answer-which as Senator (D-NM) Martin Hemrich pointed out is not a legal standard at all. Then he claimed he was not answering to protect ‘the President’s constitutional rights.’
However, he wants to size it, he has no standing to withhold testimony in anticipation of that time in future when Trump might want to declare executive privilege.
Sessions says he's protecting Trump's Constitutional rights. Trump is literally only person in this country whose rights Sessions' respects
— mike sax (@mikesaxny2) June 13, 2017
Sessions also claimed that this was for the principle of ‘coequal branches.’ Actually, the principal he was really fighting for was for unitary rule. executive supremacy.
He doesn’t seen to consider himself the nation’s top lawyer but Donald Trump’s own personal lawyer.
Basically Sessions doesn't considers himself the nation's top lawyer but Donald Trump's top lawyer
— mike sax (@mikesaxny2) June 14, 2017
As Senator Heimrich pointed out, Sessions is guilty of obstruction in refusing to answer pertinent questions. But will this strategy backfire? At least according to Matthew Miller-who served in the Obama DOJ-the answer is yes.
“Attorney General Jeff Sessions tried to play it safe today during his Senate testimony about his role in Donald Trump’s Russia scandal. Sessions refused to answer questions while also refusing to officially invoke executive privilege or the fifth amendment, and his most frequent answer was a disingenuous “I don’t recall.” But according to at least one legal expert, Sessions’ effort has backfired on him.”
“Matthew Miller, an MSNBC Justice and Security Analyst with experience at the Department of Justice, posted the following summation of Jeff Sessions’s testimony after it concluded today: “if Mueller is investigating obstruction, Sessions just earned himself a trip to the grand jury to discuss those convos w/ Trump.” (link). Former FBI Director James Comey essentially confirmed during his own testimony last week that the Special Counsel is in fact investigating Donald Trump for obstruction of justice.”
“In our view, Jeff Sessions committed two sins today. The first is that he acknowledged key portions of Comey’s testimony, including the fact that Comey was left alone with Trump in the Oval Office, and that Comey subsequently asked not to be left alone with Trump ever again. This establishes Sessions as a material witness in the investigation into Trump’s obstruction. The second is that Sessions refused to answer essential questions today despite having no legal grounds for having done so. That makes it relatively easy for the Special Counsel to justify subpoenaing Sessions.”
“So it’s not surprising to hear that Jeff Sessions’ performance today is likely to land him in front of a grand jury led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. But even as Trump’s allies continue to suggest that he might try to fire Mueller, it’s unlikely that Trump could get away with doing it. Members of Congress have also threatened to simply appoint Mueller as Independent Counsel in order to make him un-fireable. So Trump may not be able to prevent Sessions from landing in front of a grand jury – or prevent himself from landing there as well.”
As Sessions is just worried about the treatment of Hillary in the email probe he should refer to how she handled her testimony.
— ChickyLaLa (@chickylala) June 14, 2017
Sessions’ testimony was a mere 6 hours and that was his excuse for committing perjury in his Senate confirmation.
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