America Can’t Trust Jeff Sessions. Resign, Sessions. Resign.
I don’t know anyone who thought that the next step in Donald Trump’s Golden Showers Gate scandal of involvement with Vladimir Putin’s Russian spies would be the revelation of deception by Jeff Sessions. It had seemed that the problems with Sessions were restricted to Alabama-style racial hatred.
Yet, here we are. This morning, Jeff Session’s career teeters on the brink of self-destruction.
As Attorney General of the United States, Jeff Sessions is supposed to be leading the investigation into Donald Trump’s involvement in Russian attacks on the United States last year, it now seems that Sessions has been leading the cover up of it.
Last night, it was revealed that the FBI, which is under Sessions’s authority in the Department of Justice, has been investigating Sessions for holding secret meetings with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. The existence of two such meetings are now known, and more may be discovered. Sessions met with Kislyak without letting anyone know about it at the same time that Russian spies were launching attacks designed to make sure that Donald Trump would win the 2016 presidential election. At the time, Jeff Sessions was working as a part of the Trump campaign.
Twice during his Senate confirmation hearing, after he had taken an oath of honesty on penalty of perjury, Jeff Sessions told the Senate that he had not been in contact with any Russian officials during the time of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. We now know that he lied.
An Attorney General of the United States who has lied under oath is a criminal. The word of Jeff Sessions is now garbage. He can’t be trusted by anyone. His continued occupation of the title of Attorney General is unraveling the rule of law in the United States in a time when the electoral foundations of our democracy are failing.
Mere recusal from the investigation into Trump’s ties to Russia will not be sufficient to deal with this part of the crisis.
Jeff Sessions must resign.
However, even that isn’t enough. As Americans look at the growing scandal of collusion between Donald Trump’s political network and Vladimir Putin’s Russian spy attack against the 2016 presidential election, they are left wondering whether there anyone in the Trump Administration wasn’t in on the criminal conspiracy. Was Betsy DeVos talking to Russian spies too? Did the Senate Republicans who complained about the “slow” pace of the confirmation of Jeff Sessions know that he had something to hide?
A special prosecutor needs to be appointed – a non-partisan figure who was not part of the Trump campaign. This special prosecutor needs to be given the power to examine classified documents and tax records, to compel Donald Trump himself to testify in public, under oath, and to investigate the involvement of members of Congress in the scandal, rooting out the Russian rot wherever it may lead.