Jeff Sessions is Trump’s Attorney General. The appointment is obviously a payback for support given during the campaign. But how far did Session’s efforts go? There is additional information that he had another undisclosed meeting with a Russian agent, which could violate his security clearance.
For those of you who don’t know about Sessions, here’s a little background.
Sessions was first elected as the junior Senator from Alabama in 1997. Prior to obtaining a seat in the Senate he was the Attorney General of Alabama after serving as a United States Attorney. It was during his tenure as a United States Attorney that he was considered for a federal judgeship. His nomination was denied based on allegations of racism.
Sessions believes in more lengthy incarceration for minor crimes, and has frequently stated his opposition to recreational marijuana, claiming that ‘good people don’t use marijuana.’ Although Sessions received strong opposition to his nomination as Attorney General based on repeated acts of racism, the Republican dominated senate confirmed him.
Today Sessions is one of the prime members of a group under investigation into the relationship between Russia and the Trump campaign.
Sessions was scheduled to appear before the House Appropriations Committee Tuesday; yesterday he canceled his testimony. He will send his deputy, Rod Rosenstein in his place. In a letter explaining his reasons for canceling at virtually the last minute, he explained that he believed the committee would be inquiring about “issues related to the investigation into Russian interference with the 2016 election.”
This is a result of former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony last Thursday, when Mr. Comey confirmed that Russia had indeed interfered in our election, and Sessions may be a part of that effort.
Sessions has offered to resign as the Attorney General more than once. Trump demands unrestricted loyalty from his subordinates, but refuses to offer the same in return. It has been reported that Trump is displeased that Sessions recused himself from the investigation of James Comey’s alleged failure to further investigate Hillary Clinton’s e-mails.
Sessions will not be allowed to refuse questions from special counsel Robert Mueller. Now this is ‘reality television;’ no scripts, no retakes, and no emotional outburst; well, hopefully.
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Op-ed by James Turnage
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