Sessions Open Thread

Yesterday, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross was in the "Russian Ties" spotlight. Today it's Jeff Sessions. Tomorrow? - promoted by hesterprynne

My early take, a bit too hard to believe. Link.

But AT BEST, he “misspoke” while making a blanket statement about this, in non-answer to Senator Franken’s question.

Thoughts? Developments?


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  1. All I'm calling for is glasnost


  2. Misspoke? Are you kidding me?!

    Seems more like perjury to me…

  3. See the Fox interview on Fox yesterday with Cong. Nunes

    . . .where he said that the FBI had no further evidence of people from the Trump campaign being in contact with the Russians. This despite Sessions meeting with the Russian ambassador which apparently took place at the Capitol.
    Think the FBI is trying very hard?


    by establishing an INDEPENDENT 9/11 style investigative Commission to uncover the TRUTH.

    Subpoena ALL these corrupt Trumpists and make them swear under oath they didn’t collude with Russia to defeat Clinton.

    Lying Bastards !

    Fred Rich LaRiccia

  5. My favorite bit from the link

    Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador, is considered by US intelligence to be one of Russia’s top spies and spy-recruiters in Washington, according to current and former senior US government officials.

    Russian officials dispute this characterization.

    it’s a strange world we live in.

  6. Not much we can do about it, eh?

    Since we do not control anything and Trump supporters do not seem to care at all.

    • Disagree.

      A lot of elected Republicans care, but they have to decide when to jump the Trump ship. In politics, politicians act politically, which means carefully and slowly. The Democrats would be more conscientious, but they would also consider the political winds.

      Right now, we can do what I’ve been trying to do for weeks now. Talk about the Trump-Russia Connection. I’ve been posting here and on Facebook. Pumping up the facts and putting in front of people. I have a feeling that like people have been looking at my recent posts like they were written by a well-liked, but slightly crazy uncle. It’s fun to be ahead of the curve, I admit, but my overall strategy was to do my small part to expose the story and facts. John, you talk to people, read up on the issue and talk to people. The more you know before they do, the greater your credibility will be. Here’s a good story about Trump’s Russian mob ties to get you started:

      We’re six weeks after the election, and we’ve had a year’s worth of scandals and screw up’s by the Trump Administration. In the best of times, the public is slow to focus and slow to process. This is not the best of times.

      The media–WaPo and NYT–have been doing a good job digging up stories. Yesterday, NPR caught up with my posts and had a story on Felix Sater. The information is out there. It’s in news stories going back a couple of decades. Long before Trump became a 2016 candidate. The impact of news is cumulative, and the Russia Connection accumulating. MSNBC has scheduled a news special on it. This really is a tipping point issue. I believe it will tip, but it will take time.

      • How will this affect

        Republicans office holders in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts?

        Is Baker worried?

        • Party pooper

          Will you let this play out a little before you throw a wet blanket on it? As I note below, this is a huge deal. It’s bigger than how it affects our prospects.

          • Just trying to help us focus...

            …the people in Massachusetts can focus on Sessions and his comrades, OR, we can ask Chaяlie Bakeя if he approves of this and if not why he will not comment?

        • Doubt it.

          Baker has set himself as the alternative to the Trump side of the party. In some respects, Trump benefits him and his “bipartisanship.”


    1. First, find the TRUTH.
    2. Call on ALL patriots to defend their country against ALL enemies — foreign and domestic.
    3. Continue ‘dropping a dime’ to the media with evidence of criminal wrongdoing.
    4. Defend our Courts as protector of our Constitution. No one is above the law.
    5. Support our Congressional delegation calling for Sessions resignation.
    6. Demand the establishment of an INDEPENDENT 9/11 style investigation with subpoena power to uncover the truth.
    7. Remember. Silence implies Consent. Speak up and speak out now until Justice is done.
    8. RESIST !

    And that’s just for starters !

    Fred Rich LaRiccia

  8. I have to go to my

    RETELL class, but I put the chances at 80% that Sessions announces his resignation at his press conference, which is supposed to start in 5 minutes.

    • Ach, I blew my percentages.

      I never thought of recusal. That was a good political move. My estimation should have been 60% at most. Probably lower.

      Can’t forecast and run.

  9. recusal is not enough

    Recusal is not enough. Some say resignation. Indictment for perjury is the appropriate response. A question for people with a background in criminal prosecution: can a federal prosecutor indict the AG?

    Sessions knows he is bleeding in shark filled water and some of the sharks are GOP. Many are more afraid of losing in the 2018 cycle than they are of eating one of their own.

    • You know probably know more about the legal

      system than I do, but that Sessions’s alleged crime took place in Congress. I don’t think a federal prosecutor would have jurisdiction there. Not that I know much on this, but federal prosecutors are assigned jurisdictions, aren’t they? Carmen Ortiz, for example, couldn’t indict him for perjury.

      I still think the odds are that he resigns before too long.

      • you give me too much credit

        but the DoJ website says that the incumbent for DC was appointed by Obama in 2015. In other words, not a Trump stooge.

        Other sites say the US Attorney for DC is responsible for prosecuting violations of federal law that occur in DC. Hence my question. Sessions ain’t gonna prosecute himself and the Congress is giving him the easy road out of town. Is it worth a major calling upon US Attorney Channing Phillips to seek a grand jury against Sessions? I am guessing that lawyers with a history in the federal criminal courts will have a different response than political people.

        • There would be conflicts of interest

          issues in investigating and indicting his boss.

          Besides, I think the jurisdiction of Congression “trumps” federal district court. You’d have a separations of powers issues between the judicial and legislative branches. I’m not saying it can’t be done, but it’s at least a political quagmire.

          I’m just speculating, but the Lawfare Blog has good non-partisan, legal info on this stuff. It will become an increasingly useful source during Trump’s tenure.

          • Congress has oversight

            of the executive and judicial branches, but it doesn’t seem that either branch has oversight of Congress.

            (I screwed up the above comment mixing up the executive and judicial branches. I meant “federal district,” not federal district court).

            • Darrell Issa (R-CA) has spoken out for an investigation

              Can his committee do it with propriety?

              • Republican congress people are

                going to have to decide when to start putting country before party. It’s not an easy decision, given political realities. Once Paul Ryan and the rest of the GOP caucus decide it’s not worth supporting Trump, they’ll jump ship.

                With Russia, I think the Right is in a similar position as the Left was from the 1920s to the 1960s with dupes, sympathizers, and outright spies. There are still some useful idiots on the Left. The Nation magazine seems to have been duped. Katrina Vandenheuvel’s husband was once a respected Russia academic, now he’s Putin apologist trying to soft-pedal Russia’s actions in the Ukraine and Crimea. Apparently, so is the odious Jill Stein. The Ed Show guy is now on Russia Today.

                But the Right is more attracted to Russian ideology and money. Trump was in bed with the Russian mob. Marie LePen may have taken money from the Russians.

                The House has congressional oversight of the executive branch. The House Oversight Committee has broad investigative powers. They investigated 9/11 and the Plame leak. The House Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) is would seem the more appropriate. It seems Nunes and Schiff, chair and ranking member of HPSCI have agreed on a Scope of Investigation.

                The focus:
                –What Russian cyber activity and other active measures were directed against the United States and its allies?
                Did the Russian active measures include links between Russia and individuals associated with political campaigns or any other U.S. Persons?
                –What was the U.S. Government’s response to these Russian active measures and what do we need to do to protect ourselves and our allies in the future?
                –What possible leaks of classified information took place related to the Intelligence Community Assessment of these matters?

                Question 2 is the question that will lead to calling in Trump people, probably including Sessions.

  10. BFD

    National Security Advisor — OUT.

    Attorney General recuses himself from an investigation about the election.

    My “BFD” is sincere. Regardless of what emerges later, this is a big effing deal.

  11. Two things I just saw on FB.

    First, Sessions has announced he will recuse himself from Russia-related investigations. Second, the entire MA federal delegation (largest single-party delegation in the country I’m proud to say) has called for him to resign.

    • not accurate

      He recused himself from Russia-related investigations of matters relating to the campaign, which excludes Russia-related investigations of the transition period. So, a partial recusal.

  12. Let's do this!

    It’s official. It’s now to be known as the Яepublican PaЯt☭


    Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee now want to call “I don’t recall” AG back and ask why he perjured himself under oath during his confirmation hearing when he said he didn’t meet with the Russians.

    Fred Rich LaRiccia

  14. Maybe Presidents shouldn't appoint Attorneys General

    Think about it: the issue is the election, and the accused is one of our chief rival nations, and the AG has to recuse himself because he was a campaign surrogate.

    How about, if you’re a campaign surrogate, you’re not even eligible to be attorney general?


    ” I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

    Now there’s a novel idea.

    Fred Rich LaRiccia

  16. Wasn't there some some ex-FBI agent prosecuted for perjury . . .

    because he tried to make his role in the MLK assassination case sound more important than it actually was?

  17. Did Trump save Sessions?

    I would say no, but he may have slowed the process down.


    by stepping all over the positive reaction to his Tuesday address to Congress.
    That’s why the idiot went into a rage against his staff on Friday for the Sessions recusal.

    Fred Rich LaRiccia

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