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.
I didn't have any private mtg nor do I recall any conversations with any Russian official at Mayflower Hotelpic.twitter.com/8iqgYFSHRj
— 🇺🇸EAGLE WINGS🇺🇸 (@SoarOnTheWings) June 13, 2017
President Donald Trump Pledges “Orderly Transition” on January 20th
“The greatest first term in Presidential history.”
President Donald Trump pledged an orderly transition of power in a statement released early Thursday morning, appearing to recognize that Democrat Joe Biden would be sworn in as President in January.
“Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless there will be an orderly transition on January 20th. I have always said we would continue our fight to ensure that only legal votes were counted. While this represents the end of the greatest first term in presidential history, it’s only the beginning of our fight to Make America Great Again!”
The President’s announcement came minutes after the Senate certified electoral college slates voting for Joe Biden’s history. Vice President Mike Pence recognized Biden as the winner with 306 electoral college votes.
Twitter had temporarily silenced President Trump’s personal Twitter in the wake of a protest outside of the Capitol in which demonstrators entered. the halls of Congress. Longtime Trump aide Dan Scavino released the statement just before 4AM.
The recognition of a transition now heralds the end of President Donald Trump’s first term, with the President alluding to the possibility of securing the second term he was denied in his statement in a future campaign. Joe Biden will be inaugurated as President.
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