Judge Orders DOJ to Release SF 86 Security Forms for Jeff Sessions
Jeff Sessions can run but he can’t hide.
“You just don’t get to refuse to answer questions before a Senate committee because you don’t want to, or because you think you might get the president* in Dutch, or because you don’t like the people asking the questions. The Bartleby defense—”I would prefer not to…”—has no basis in constitutional or criminal law. There is no, as Senator Martin Heinrich put it to JeffBo, “appropriateness bucket” in which the attorney general can hide himself. Yet, there he was at the end of things, being flattered by the committee’s chairman, Richard Burr, Republican of North Carolina, for the immense sacrifice JeffBo had made in coming in and being transparently ridiculous on camera for a couple of hours.”
Despite these games. he can’t hide.
“Attorney General Jeff Sessions swung for the fences during his opening statement in open Senate hearings on Tuesday, insisting that he never had a private meeting with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak at the Mayflower Hotel during the 2016 presidential campaign. The trouble: everyone from CNN to NBC News to Senator Al Franken has evidence that the meeting did in fact happen (link). That means it took Sessions all of three minutes today to commit perjury.”
“This is of course far from the first time in which Jeff Sessions has perjured himself during the course of the Russia scandal. He lied about his Russia meetings during his Attorney General confirmation hearings. He lied again when he amended his testimony to include the Russia meetings he’d been caught having participated in, but not the Russia meetings which were subsequently exposed. Sessions also lied about his Russia meetings on his SF-86 security clearance form; these are all felonies.”
Speaking of that SF-86 that he failed to answer honestly, a judge is now demanding the DOJ release it:
“A US District Court judge in Washington gave the Justice Department one month to make public a page of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ clearance form, on which he was meant to disclose any contacts with Russian officials.”
“Judge Randolph Moss’ order came the day before Sessions was due to testify in public before the Senate intelligence committee. The order gave the government until July 12 to produce any documents not subject to a FOIA exemption from the request for the page of Sessions’ SF-86 form, a security clearance questionnaire. The order allows for the Justice Department to consider the legality of producing the form and if the Justice Department can redact the release because of exemptions in federal public records law.”
“The judge’s decision issued Monday afternoon also gave the Justice Department and the FBI one month to search for any records of White House chief of staff Reince Priebus’ reported outreach to the FBI requesting the bureau refute reports of communications between Russian officials and members of the Trump campaign. The government has until July 12 to complete a search for any records of Priebus’ requests to the FBI. Moss ordered a status conference the next day, July 13.”
Yep, Reince is on the hot seat too.
“Sessions has come under heavy scrutiny for not saying in his confirmation hearing that he had meetings with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak in the lead up to the 2016 election. After that failure to disclose came to light, Sessions defended himself and sent supplemental testimony to the Senate. CNN reported in May that Sessions omitted any of these meetings from his SF-86. In response to that report, the DOJ insisted the decision not to list the meetings was above-board.”
“CNN reported last week that former FBI Director James Comey told senators in a closed session that Sessions might have met with Kislyak a third time.”
According to what Comey told the Senators on the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, they know of the meeting between Sessions and Kisylak at the Mayflower Hotel based on intercepts from Kisylak himself.
No wonder Sessions sputtered into impotent rage yesterday when Ron Wyden simply asked what Comey meant in saying Sessions had to recuse himself because of something problematic and not part of public knowledge.
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