Sessions Willing to Recuse Himself From Russian Investigation
Attorney General Jeff Sessions told reporters on Thursday that he would keep open the possibility of appointing a special prosecutor to investigate Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election. “I have said whenever it’s appropriate, I will recuse myself,” Sessions told NBC News. “There’s no doubt about that.”
Sessions has backed away from his insistence that he can preside over the investigation. It was reported Wednesday that he met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the campaign season, despite telling lawmakers at his confirmation hearing that he had not contact with any Russian officials during that time.
Now, yes, it seems that Sessions has been caught in a fib. So, you can give that whatever importance you think it’s due.
But Democrats are trying to make it sound like Sessions was meeting with Kislyak in secret rooms, cooking up whatever sordid schemes the left is trying to accuse the Trump campaign of concocting. The truth is that he met with Kislyak in his capacity as a U.S. senator, and there’s no evidence to suggest that he discussed anything controversial with him on those occasions. He spoke to him once on the phone and he spoke with him at some Heritage Foundation event last summer. This is seriously not the big deal they’re making it out to be.
As Sessions said Thursday in a clarification: “Well, I have not met with any Russians at any time to discuss any political campaigns. Those remarks are unbelievable to me and are false. I don’t have anything else to say about that.”
Should Sessions have clarified that during the confirmation hearing? Perhaps, but what’s done is done. We can’t blame him for thinking that Democrats were digging for a different sort of “Russian contact” than his casual chats with the ambassador. Because, of course, that’s exactly what they were doing.
Even so, Democrats are calling now for him to go further than simple recusal.
“This is not normal. This is not fake news,” said Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Twitter. “This is a very real & serious threat to the national security of the United States.”
Warren, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer have all called on Sessions to resign from his post as attorney general.
Sadly, this is the precedent Trump set when he dismissed Michael Flynn. Hopefully, he will not fire Sessions as well, because that will only light a greater fire under the Democrats. They are out for total victory, and that means they will not stop until Trump is impeached.
But it’s clear now that we need to get this Russian investigation over and done with. This “drip, drip, drip” stuff is wreaking havoc on the administration, and there is STILL no proof that links Donald Trump to these hacks.
If you have it, show it.
If you don’t, show that.
But this country desperately needs to get closure on this issue. We have big problems to solve, and we need to get to it.