Jeff Sessions is in serious trouble. Our affable attorney general with the antebellum values has been, ever since he took the oath of office. This realization is great news for anyone who cares about criminal justice, drug policy and the American republic—because it means that Jeff Sessions, Cotton Hill with a Cabinet position, can’t get anything done.
Sessions took over America’s federal law enforcement apparatus knowing that he’d had contact with Russian officials—and knowing that he neglected to share this fact with the U.S. Senate during his confirmation hearings, despite being asked directly. In some circles—legal ones, mostly, like the one in which Sessions’s Justice Department is supposed to operate—this is called perjury.
Perjury, as we oldest Millennials will recall, is one of the crimes for which Bill Clinton was impeached and eventually disbarred.
Now, as has been said many times of late, impeaching a top-echelon politician has very little to do with whatever ethics or principles they allegedly have violated. It has everything to do with politics, as in who’s in charge and who’s not.
Clinton did things that were not good, but it took a Newt Gingrich-led Congress, which had been after Clinton’s head for years, to impeach him. And it took the resulting 1998 midterm elections, in which the Republicans lost seats in shocking fashion, to end it.
In a similar fashion, it’s not inconceivable that Sessions could find himself at the wrong end of a Democratic Party-led House or Senate in early 2019—that is, unless something else emerges in the meantime that could force him to go the way of disgraced shill-for-hire Michael Flynn.
This risk—and not because famously yelly and notoriously forgetful Donald Trump yelled at him because he recused himself from the Justice Department’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s contacts with Russia—is a better theory for why Sessions apparently offered his resignation to the president sometime last month.
No Sessions means no investigation into Sessions—and no spectacle like Tuesday’s grilling at the Senate Intelligence Committee—in which Sessions prevaricated between outright stonewalling and convenient amnesia and which is quite likely the preamble for much worse.
— Jezebel (@Jezebel) June 13, 2017
This is the context in which Sessions’s May 1 letter to Congress, requesting the Justice Department Continue Reading
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