Jeff Sessions and Russia

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.

  • SESSIONS’ SUPPORTERS – “This is a Witch-Hunt”

    • Routine: Sessions was a Senator, meaning he would be meeting ambassadors routinely. Sessions could have met the Russian ambassador and just forgotten.
    • Smear: Sessions is a victim of a “smear campaign” from the left against anyone associated with the Trump administration, and the Russian connection is a false narrative.
    • No evidence: There is no evidence that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians. Meeting with a Russian government official doesn’t mean Sessions did anything wrong.
  • SESSIONS’ CRITICS – “Lying has Consequences”

    • Lied: Lying under oath at a Senate hearing is perjury. The nation’s highest law enforcement official should not have publicly broken the law.
    • More Russia questions: This Sessions revelation is part of a pattern of events connecting President Trump and Russia that majority Americans demand answers to.
    • Optics: Sessions was highly controversial before this incident. To retain him as Attorney General now would just be more unnecessary baggage for the Trump administration.

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?