Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ introductory remarks before the U.S. Senate Tuesday shot down each Deep State accusation against him one by one. His passionate performance in the first moments of his testimony may go down as a new “At long last, have you left no sense of decency?” moment recalling Joseph Welch standing up to Joe McCarthy during the height of the Red Scare.
“I did not have any private meetings” with the Russians, Sessions said under oath, completely shooting down the theory that Sessions met with the Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak at the Mayflower Hotel, beyond his meeting with the ambassador in his Senate office and a brief interaction at a reception at the Republican National Convention that was co-sponsored by the Obama State Department and the Heritage Foundation.
“I understand he was there,” Sessions said of the ambassador, who was present at Trump’s first major foreign policy speech at the Mayflower Hotel. Did Sessions meet with the ambassador there? “I did not.”
“I attended a reception with my staff that included two dozen people including President Trump,” Sessions said of the banal interaction Sessions had with the ambassador at the convention in Cleveland.
“I have no knowledge of any such conversations with anyone connected to the Trump campaign,” Sessions said.
The most powerful moment of Sessions’ opening statement came when he railed that to accuse him of trying to “hurt this country, which I have served with honor for 35 years,” is an “appalling and detestable lie.”
Sessions said that while he recused himself from any Russia investigations pertaining to the campaign, “I did not recuse myself from defending my honor against scurrilous and false accusations.”
“These false attacks, these innuendos, these leaks, will not intimidate me. In fact, these attacks have only strengthened my resolve…”
Democratic Sen. Mark Warner seemed deflated after Sessions’ remarks, telling him that he hopes Sessions will come back time and again to testify. Sessions schooled Warner on Senate procedures, saying he will come back as necessary but it’s not good practice to drag Cabinet officials back to the Senate to testify over and over again.
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Trump Says See Ya To The UN Human Rights Council, Announces U.S. Withdrawal
We’re NOT Tired Of Winning!
The United Nations Human Rights Council doesn’t deserve their namesake with countries like Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, and Cuba having representatives on the council. Now President Donald Trump’s Administration has made it clear that they don’t deserve to have the United States as representatives in a Tuesday decision to withdraw the U.S.’s membership.
The announcement was made by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley and wasn’t all that surprising. The United States has feuded with the U.N.’s Human Rights Council since the President first took office.
Conflicts between the U.S. and the U.N. Human Rights Council flared up most notably in recent weeks after the 47-member body voted to condemn Israel. The Human Rights Council considers Israel the world’s number one human rights abuser, while continually taking the side of Palestine in the border dispute between the two countries.
While the council’s treatment of Israel was the stated reason for the withdrawal, the U.N. Human Rights Council has long been a thorn in the side of many tenants of Donald Trump’s agenda.
For many years, the U.N. Human Rights Council has fought to make abortion a human right. Many members of the council are also extremely opposed to President Trump’s strict anti-illegal immigration stance. Just a day before the decision to withdraw from membership in the council, the U.N.’s human rights chief blasted Trump for his work to enforce federal immigration law in the United States.
During Monday’s meeting session Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein told the body that “in the United States, I am deeply concerned by recently adopted policies which punish children for their parents’ actions.”
The Trump Administration’s decision to withdraw from the U.N. Human Rights Council is yet another accomplishment for anyone who believes in his “America First” message. Perhaps his next step could be leaving the United Nations all together.
White House Placed on Lockdown After Grounds Breached
A man who breached the lawn of the grounds of the White House has been taken into custody, according to the Secret Service.
“An individual climbed over a security barrier on the south side of the White House Complex between the Ellipse and E Street,” the group said in a tweet. “The individual dropped a backpack and was immediately taken into custody on E Street by Secret Service Uniformed Division Officers.”
An individual climbed over a security barrier on the south side of the @WhiteHouse Complex between the Ellipse and E Street. The individual dropped a backpack and was immediately taken into custody on E Street by Secret Service Uniformed Division Officers.
— U.S. Secret Service (@SecretService) June 18, 2018
The White House was placed on lockdown while authorities work to identify the contents of the backpack.
This story is developing.
Prince Harry is a Trump Fan
In another huge loss for American liberals, the only people on earth who still care about the British Royal Family, it turns out that Prince Harry is a fan of President Donald J. Trump.
Thomas Markle, father of Prince Harry’s bride Meghan Markle, revealed on “Good Morning Britain” that the Prince asked him to “give Donald Trump a chance.”
“I sort of disagreed with that, but I still like Harry, that’s his politics, I had my politics,” said Markle.
Markle’s father is a staunch anti-Trumper who said that he “has to apologize to the rest of the world for his president,” during the interview.
“I think Trump’s had his chance 100 times now,” Markle said. “Time’s up. I think the time’s up for Trump”
An amused Piers Morgan, Trump supporter and host of the show, grinned at Markle’s remarks. Morgan continued on to inquire about Markle’s conversations with Prince Harry regarding Brexit, UK’s 2016 vote to leave the European Union.
“This is just a conversation between two guys about politics,” Markle said. “Nothing cast in stone. Just the way you talk.”
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