WHAT IT IS
- March 1, 2017: the Washington Post reported Attorney General Jeff Sessions met with Russian envoys twice in the past year.
- This was contrary to testimony Sessions gave Senator Al Franken (D-MN) during his confirmation hearing for Attorney General.
- This came shortly after Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn resigned from National Security Advisor for similar charges.
- Sessions was the first Senator to endorse Donald Trump on February 28, 2016.
WHY IT MATTERS
The Attorney General is an extraordinarily important job that has a direct impact on several issues that disproportionately affect young Americans: voting rights, drug enforcement policy, etc. Policies could potentially change if the Attorney General is forced to resign or has to take on a lower profile due to perjury to the Senate during a confirmation hearing for meeting with Russian officials.
WHERE WE ARE NOW
- Jeff Sessions has recused himself from any investigation regarding Russia and the Trump administration.
- He will take no part of any Department of Justice investigation into the questions surrounding Trump and Russia.
- Special counsel has been formed. Leading the investigation is Robert Mueller.
- Rod Rosenstein is Deputy Attorney General. He has worked under Republican and Democratic leadership in his decades long career.
- As Attorney General, Sessions will determine how federal law will be enforced nationwide.
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
- How does this relate to the other ties between members of the Trump administration and Russia?
More accountability for government officials found lying under oath? Should Sessions resign from Attorney General?
Is the Trump administration being treated fairly for a relatively new Presidential term?