Last month was pretty good for Jeff Sessions. He was one of the deciding votes allowing anti-education billionaire Betsy Devos to be confirmed as Secretary of Education, teased the private prison industry by dangling some more federal funding, and breezed by Senate confirmation with 52 votes including a whopping one Democrat.
Would March turn out to be as much fun? Not so much.
No sooner had Sessions started to let his hair down on his mission to eradicate pot (“there’s more violence around marijuana than one would think” and “‘Marijuana is a cure for opiate abuse.’ Give me a break“), and POTUS replaced his tanning bad with the blinding glow of pundits following his address to Congress, than the pesky mainstream media dropped the bomb: Jeff Sessions met with the Russian Ambassador twice in 2016.
Then-Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) spoke twice last year with Russia’s ambassador to the United States, Justice Department officials said, encounters he did not disclose when asked about possible contacts between members of President Trump’s campaign and representatives of Moscow during Sessions’s confirmation hearing to become attorney general.
At his Jan. 10 Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing, Sessions was asked by Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) what he would do if he learned of any evidence that anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign communicated with the Russian government in the course of the 2016 campaign.
“I’m not aware of any of those activities,” he responded. He added: “I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign and I did not have communications with the Russians.”
Except that he did.
And it quickly blew up on Sessions.
Yesterday the newly-minted U.S. Attorney General was forced to recuse himself from law enforcement’s ongoing investigation into the Trump campaign’s contacts with Russia before and after the presidential election. But we’re not done yet, folks.
Will there be a Special Prosecutor appointed a la Ken Starr? Not yet – for now it has been assigned to a DOJ Obama appointee and Acting Deputy Attorney General.
Will Sessions resign? Doubtful, as so far only Democrats are demanding his resignation.
Did Sessions commit perjury when testify to Congress under oath? I’m not a criminal lawyer, but I know you need to prove specific intent on this one, so it’s probably a bit of hyperbole to daydream about Jeff Sessions praising the KKK and shunning pot with a picture like this:
Still, I am certain the marijuana industry (even recreational) is much safer with Sessions on his heels than on his toes. Can’t wait to see what happens next.
*Photo credit: Bill Palmer