The nation’s top law enforcement officer testified Wednesday at a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill, as part of the committee’s regular oversight.
Attorney General Jefferson B. “Jeff” Sessions, a past member of the committee, testified for the first time as the leader of the Department of Justice.
Sessions answered senator inquiries ranging from gun violence to immigration, to changes in legal policy, to conspiracy theories about Russian involvement with the 2016 presidential election.
Vermont Democrat Sen. Patrick J. Leahy pressed Sessions on his role as a go-between during the last campaign for the Russians and the camp of candidate Donald J. Trump.
“My concern is you were part of the Russian facade and went along with it. I’m sorry, I’ve known you for years, and I’m sorry you would do that,” said Leahy, who was once chairman of the committee.
In Jan. I asked AG Sessions if he met w Russian officials. He said no, under oath. But that’s not what we heard from him today. pic.twitter.com/MwUudXxjrY
— Sen. Patrick Leahy (@SenatorLeahy) October 18, 2017
Leahy’s communications director David Carle told Big League Politics the Vermont senator was not accusing Sessions of breaking the law.
“No, he was not accusing him of a crime,” he said.
Senator Leahy pointed to reports that President Trump dictated a letter outlining his reasons for firing FBI Director James B. Comey, which revolved around the Russia investigation, he said.
The senator’s concern was that Sessions was reportedly present during meetings in the Oval Office concerning the letter. Subsequent to that, the attorney general signed off on and agreed with the Rosenstein a May 9 memo, which pointed to the handling of the Hillary Clinton investigation as the reason for the president to fire Comey, he said.
Senator Leahy asked the Attorney General if he was simply aware of the earlier letter. Sessions declined to answer.
“Is there a difference as saying no and I do not recall?” Leahy asked.
Carle said Leahy is concerned that the May 9 memorandum was a facade and only served to obfuscate the real reason President Trump fired Director Comey: the Russia investigation, as the President has publicly said. Leahy is concerned that Sessions may have been a participant in that facade.
Republican Senators had a wide array of concerns and questions.
The Republican senators, led by the committee’s chairman Iowa’s Sen. Charles Grassley, were curious about how far the DOJ would go to investigate the Uranium One deal and Secretary Hillary R. Clinton’s involvement with the Russian company looking to take over control the mineral company that had to rights to 20 percent of the country’s uranium.
The hearing was a tale of two Russian inquires. Democrats asking about Russian interference in the 2016 political cycle and the Republicans asking about the corrupt practices of the Clintons during the Russian acquistion of Uranium One.
The Democrat Senators did seem more unified in their line of questions, as most were focused on the events surrounding the firing of once FBI Director James Comey, who was fired by President Trump.
Sessions made the point numerous times that the decision to fire Comey was Trump’s and that he had written his opinion of why Comey should be fired, as instructed to do by the president.
‘WHAT A DISASTER:’ Iowa Caucus Results Delayed in Vote Count Catastrophe
The nation is left with more questions than answers on the night of the Iowa Caucus.
The Iowa Caucus was intended to kick off the Democratic Presidential primary by highlighting candidates with a credible shot of winning the nomination.
Instead, the first-in-the nation caucus seems to be more representative of the Democratic Party’s incompetence, after results for the caucus are delayed for an unforeseen “quality assurance” tabulation process. The development has many election hawks and Democrats howling mad, with many suspecting the DNC is dipping into its bag of old tricks with the hopes of blunting or preventing a Bernie Sanders victory in the caucus.
There are many reports of caucus precinct coordinators being totally ignored when trying to report the results of their local caucuses to the Iowa Democratic Party. At least one caucus organizer was outright hung up on by the party when he called in to report results- while speaking to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer live on air.
This is the moment
— Ryan James Girdusky (@RyanGirdusky) February 4, 2020
The mass of confusion is being traced to the failure of an app designed to report results. Iowa Democrats simply explained the unusual delay as the result of “inconsistencies,” offering little to no in depth explanation for what seems to be third world election practices.
Although we’re inexplicably left without any vote tallies the night of the election, exit polls and crowd sizes suggest that polling frontrunner Sanders has a strong chance to win. Pete Buttigieg also appears set for a strong second place performance. Sanders expressed confidence in a strong performance when addressing his supporters in the state.
— Averi Harper (@AveriHarper) February 4, 2020
Former Vice President Joe Biden appears slated for an embarrassment, outright failing to advance to the “viable” stage in many precinct and regional caucus. It’s not entirely impossible that Biden finishes fourth in the primary, a surprise development that would leave the candidate many assumed to be an easy frontrunner for the Democratic nomination struggling as he lags to New Hampshire and later primary states.
MSNBC talking heads could be overheard referring to the caucus as a “disaster” in a some capacity in leaked audio.
NBC hot mic captures "OMG, what a disaster" as they talk about canditates pic.twitter.com/IWfZsIOHPc
— Wojciech Pawelczyk (@PolishPatriotTM) February 4, 2020
As of late Monday night, the Iowa Democratic Party is yet to report any vote results, let alone declare a winner. Big League Politics is continuing to monitor the situation.
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