Autumn 2017: questions continued to surround Jeff Sessions

My last post discussed the increasing criticism of Jeff Sessions during the latter months of 2017.

In November, I found the accompanying milk carton image of him on Twitter.

On November 2, The Hill reported that Carter Page, candidate Trump’s former notional foreign policy adviser, testified to congressmen that he had told the attorney general about his trip to Russia which took place during the campaign in the summer of 2016. However, only a few weeks beforehand, Sessions had told a Senate judiciary committee that:

he was unaware of any Trump campaign surrogates communicating with Russians.

“I did not [have contact with Russians] and I’m not aware of anyone else that did, and I don’t believe it happened,” Sessions said.

Interesting.

What was going on with the DoJ and the ‘witch hunt’ surrounding President Donald Trump? On November 3, he, for one, was furious:

Everybody is asking why the Justice Department (and FBI) isn’t looking into all of the dishonesty going on with Crooked Hillary & the Dems..

….People are angry. At some point the Justice Department, and the FBI, must do what is right and proper. The American public deserves it!

The following day, the AP reported that the president said:

I’m not really involved with the Justice Department. I’d like to let it run itself. But honestly, they should be looking at Democrats … They should be looking at a lot of things, and a lot of people are disappointed with the Justice Department, including me.

Dick Morris, the former Clinton adviser who has since seen the light, urged Sessions to:

Make your move against Hillary

Instead, Sessions surfaced on November 8 to hold a rather grand meeting of US attorneys at the Justice Department.

On November 13, Fox News reported that Sessions was to appear before the House Judiciary Committee the following day. In advance of that, the AG decided to take care of some overdue requests. Better late than never:

Attorney General Jeff Sessions directed senior federal prosecutors to evaluate “certain issues” requested by congressional Republicans, involving the sale of Uranium One and alleged unlawful dealings related to the Clinton Foundation, leaving the door open for an appointment of another special counsel.

In a letter first obtained by Fox News, the Justice Department responded to July 27 and September 26 requests from House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., and other committee members, who called for the appointment of a special counsel to investigate the matters in question.

The letter comes on the eve of Sessions’ testimony before the same committee, scheduled for Tuesday.

Sessions’s appearance was disappointing, as The Conservative Treehouse pointed out, referencing this video of him answering questions from Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), who could become the next Speaker of the House as I write:

Representative Jim Jordan (R-OH) frustratingly questions his good friend Attorney General Jeff Sessions about the standard for the DOJ to appoint a special counsel and/or investigate the brutally obvious legal issues/implications surrounding the “Steele Dossier”, the Clinton campaign and the weaponization of the intelligence community (FBI) to undermine political opposition (Trump).

As you can see above, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is reluctant to investigate based on appearances. The end result of Sessions’ position is to extend the investigative responsibility to congress. The end result of congress conducting investigations is the road to nowhere, See: Fast and Furious, Benghazi, IRS, VA Scandal etc….

Sessions is advocating for the familiar; for the swamp retainment system, or as I prefer to call it: Flak and Countermeasures.

Fox’s Lou Dobbs went further:

[AG Jeff Sessions] is obviously not leading or managing the Justice Department, his deputies are all too obviously leading him.

Dobbs had more to say on his show:

What a treat we had today on Capitol Hill Attorney General Jeff Sessions before the House Judiciary Committee – the attorney general harshly criticized by both Democrats and Republicans, Democrats over their apparent failure to remember much on anything at all.

Honestly Sessions, I think you’re a nice fellow, a good man, but you are not carrying out your duties as attorney general. It’s clear each time you testify, you have forgotten too much, too much of your distinguished career. You are obviously not leading or managing the Justice Department, your deputies are all too obviously leading you or more accurately perhaps, misleading you.

And in your few public appearances, you do not look like a man who has found either joy or fulfillment in being the nation’s top law enforcement officer.

I would offer you this counsel, you’ve served the public well, now serve yourself. Put aside the battles you don’t relish, the fights that are so important to the nation. Don’t deny your family and friends or yourself.

It was hard to disagree with that assessment (even though a second special counsel to investigate Hillary is unnecessary). Earlier in the year, Sessions couldn’t even comment convincingly on the contentious Cliven Bundy case. The Las Vegas Review-Journal had the story:

“I’m not taking sides or commenting on the case,” Sessions said. “Just want to say that leadership requires, a lot of times, our people to step up and be accountable.”

Sessions’ comments were significant because supporters of rancher Cliven Bundy previously have signaled that they see a potential ally in the Trump administration.

Back to November, where Sessions ignored the criticism from Trump and pundits when he addressed the Federalist Society – Law and Public Order Studies on November 17, joking:

Is ambassador Kislyak here? … Are there any Russians in the room? … Has anyone been to Russia?

Hilarious.

On November 25, the Washington Post looked at the AG’s priorities and decided they were on tough sentencing and immigration policies. Investigating Hillary and the Democrats’ real collusion with Russia seem to be nowhere on his to-do list. Hmm. That could be one of the few times I agreed with WaPo.

On December 3, news emerged that Michael Horowitz, the DOJ’s inspector general, had been putting together an investigation and a report all year long. The report was due soon, which, in government terms, meant in June 2018. The Conservative Treehouse was optimistic:

What the OIG statement is saying is that for 11 months the Dept of Justice OIG office has been investigating the politicization within the DOJ and FBI and deciding if the actions, or lack of action, was driven by the political ideology of the participants therein.

I was not aware this investigation was taking place, were you?

Apparently the DOJ-OIG is close to “reporting its findings.

It would be prudent to withhold negative opinion of AG Sessions and FBI Director Wray until we can see the outcome of the Inspector General findings – which will, given the duration of the investigation, likely be a very lengthy and extensive report.

In the end, the report did not produce much more than we already knew from news reports, although FBI agent Peter Strzok appeared publicly before Congress in July 2018 and FBI/DOJ attorney Lisa Page lost her job in April 2018. She also testified to Congress in July, but behind closed doors. Whereas Strzok appeared hostile, Page was reportedly more forthcoming. Time will tell.

Returning to events in the run-up to Christmas, the Washington Examiner reported that the FBI said that Sessions was under no obligation to report his two conversations with the aforementioned Ambassador Kislyak as they took place in Sessions’s capacity as Alabama senator in 2016 and not as part of the Trump campaign. At least that shut CNN up.

On Friday, December 15, Trump addressed the FBI’s graduating class, the first time an American president had done so in 47 years. Trump was not happy, as Fox News revealed:

As Trump departed the White House for the speech in Virginia, he said, “It’s a shame what’s happened with the FBI,” an apparent reference to revelations that senior bureau officials exchanged anti-Trump and pro-Hillary Clinton text messages while working on last year’s Clinton probe and during special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into whether Trump associates colluded with Russian officials in the 2016 election.

“We’re going to rebuild the FBI, it’ll be bigger and better than ever,” Trump went on, “but it is very sad when you look at those documents, and how they’ve done that is really, really disgraceful, and you have a lot of very angry people that are seeing it.”

The article said that Jeff Sessions was of a different opinion entirely:

“I don’t share the view that the FBI is not functioning at a high level all over the country,” said Sessions, who added, “… In my view, the FBI has huge national security requirements but it’s also fulfilling a fabulously important role working to fight against violent crime.”

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich took Trump’s side. He told Fox News:

Attorney General Sessions has an absolute obligation to look at this information and begin to think about how to they’re going to prosecute . You have a cesspool of corruption covering up for the Clintons in a way which, I’m going to have to say as a historian, is unimaginable!

Former congressman Jason Chaffetz said that Jeff Sessions had to go. The Gateway Pundit had more from Chaffetz:

It pains me to say this a little bit [but] I don’t think the attorney general is up to the job he’s doing.

Chaffetz was not alone. The article added:

Rep Mark Meadows (R-NC) and Rep. Gaetz (R-FL) joined Sean Hannity last Wednesday night to discuss the tainted Robert Mueller witch hunt against President Trump.

Rep. Mark Meadows: Maybe we need to have a Special Prosecutor to investigate the investigators. And we’re here to tell you tonight, not only do we have task force that is being set up under Chairman Gowdy and Chairman Goodlatte that includes Jim Jordan, myself, John Radcliffe, Jim Buck, we’re working with Matt Gaetz and Ron DeSantis to get to the bottom of it. But the American people have had enough… The time is now for Jeff Sessions to do his job. And if he doesn’t do his job he needs to step aside and let somebody else do it.

If Sessions were a tough leader rather than vying for Mr Popularity, the subject would not have arisen.

Sessions offered a ray of hope with his announcement that day that he appointed US attorney John Huber from Utah to do the job a second special counsel would. ZeroHedge quoted Sessions:

I’ve put a Senior Attorney, with the resources he may need, to review cases in our office and make a recommendation to me, if things aren’t being pursued that need to be pursued, if cases may need more resources to complete in a proper manner, and to recommend to me if the standards for a special counsel are met.

To date, no news from Huber.

As always with Sessions, his news is a mixed bag. Trump supporters are up one minute and down the next — and vice-versa.

Just before Christmas, many were disappointed to find out that, although the FBI’s deputy director Andrew McCabe — still in situ at the time — appeared before the House Judiciary Committee, he was in a ‘classified setting’ and was not ‘in a position’ to answer questions about the Mueller probe. The Gateway Pundit reported (emphasis in the original):

Never forget the Swamp protects its own. Ahead of his second grilling this week, FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe will not be able to answer questions about special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, the Justice Department told House investigators

As The Gateway Pundit reported, McCabe testified in front of the House Intelligence Committee Tuesday after Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley demanded his resignation.

Grassley didn’t have much longer to wait. McCabe, thankfully, was gone by the end of January.

Fox News’s Chad Pergram had the full statement from Sessions’s DoJ about the Mueller probe:

McCabe will not be in a position to discuss matters that are within the scope of the investigation of Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III.

However, on December 21, Sessions announced that he was doing away with 25 guidance documents, some of which dated from the Clinton administration. Two of them were:

  • Commonly Asked Questions About Service Animals in Places of Business (July 1996).
  • ADA Business Brief: Service Animals (April 2002).

Even better, much better: on December 22, Fox News reported that Sessions had launched an investigation into a Drug Enforcement Administration initiative called Project Cassandra:

after an investigative report was published this week claiming the Obama administration gave a free pass to Hezbollah’s drug-trafficking and money-laundering operations to help ensure the Iran nuclear deal would stay on track …

“While I am hopeful that there were no barriers constructed by the last administration to allowing DEA agents to fully bring all appropriate cases under Project Cassandra, this is a significant issue for the protection of Americans,” Sessions said in a written statement. “We will review these matters and give full support to investigations of violent drug trafficking organizations.”

According to a bombshell exposé in Politico on Sunday, an elaborate campaign led by the Drug Enforcement Administration, known as Project Cassandra, targeted the Lebanese militant group’s criminal activities.

Paineful Truths on Twitter was delighted:

Stealth Jeff Sessions came out of the shadows on the shortest day of the year, the winter solstice, to deliver opening salvo of a savage one-two punch to both the Clintons & Obama.

Also:

While the Inspector General has been stealthily investigating the 5th Column Clintonistas and Obamabots in the FBI, DOJ, CIA, NSA, etc to cripple their infiltration and spying op, Stealth Jeff has been building a rock-solid case for 11 months.

Uh-huh:

Now that the lower rats are exposed and disrupted by IG, Sessions delivers first punch to the Clintons by opening DOJ investigation into , which will be the utter undoing of their murderous cartel.

Sure:

And immediately following that punch, Stealth Jeff lands a brutal blow against Obama by opening a DOJ investigation into Operation Cassandra / Hezbollah protection scheme, which will be Iran Contra 2.0.

He wasn’t the only Trump supporter who thought they had received a Christmas gift from Sleepy.

Rosie Unmasked tweeted that Gitmo could be use to house the people to whom Paineful Truths referred, because a) Camp Justice (its official name) can now accommodate female detainees and b) Sessions and deputy — acting actual AG — Rod Rosenstein had visited there in July.

The New Year blew any such fantasies out of the water.

More to follow.

6 comments for “Autumn 2017: questions continued to surround Jeff Sessions

  1. Pcar
    August 6, 2018 at 8:48 pm

    Furor over Trump tweet on Sessions
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiopVBKyVj8

    • August 9, 2018 at 9:54 pm

      Thanks, Pcar, for the Breitbart article and for the useful videos.

      I had read the news that he defended Rosenstein, citing his alma mater (ugh) and it is good to have it on video.

      The second video, moderated by Howard Kurtz, was a nicely nuanced discussion of Trump’s tweets and what the US president has been facing during his tenure thus far.

      Greatly appreciated!

  2. August 7, 2018 at 11:46 am

    Another fabulous piece, CM.

    Sessions is a real enigma. What do they have on him?

    • August 9, 2018 at 9:58 pm

      Thank you very much, James — greatly appreciated.

      They must have something on him. In due course, I will get to an article which says he’s on the ropes, obeying orders — and not from Trump. That speculation appeared only a few months ago.

      No one can figure Sessions out. I can see now why he was known as the Silent Assassin in Alabama. At the time, before he became senator, he was a force for good as the state’s AG. Now it seems as if he is the Silent Assassin of the Trump presidency.

  3. Pcar
    August 12, 2018 at 9:51 pm

    Informative:

    The last time after the election the phoney evidence was presented by Rosenstein to the FISA Court once again testifying that the information was true and verified.

    This same phoney info was then used by Rosenstein to appoint Mueller as a Special Counsel. Creating the first time in History that a Special Council was appointed without a pre-existing crime to investigate. Mueller was given the unprecedented mandate “to find a crime”. As we know so far after two years, a 10yr old tax evasion case against a man who was working for the Democrats at the time of his crimes is the only thing he’s found.

    Midterms: If the Republicans lose he’ll be fighting for his life against impeachment.

    https://altnewsmedia.net/opinion/what-will-trump-do-next/

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