Jeff Sessions Lied Under Oath. Stop making excuses!
When is a lie under oath not quite perjury? When the lie is told by a Republican to a Democrat about the Russians under the Capitol Dome. The above picture captures the exact mendacious moment, while during his confirmation hearing for Attorney General of the United States, Jeff Session swore to Senator Al Franken that he “did not have communications with the Russians.” (1)
According to the Washington Post, Sessions met with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak twice during the 2016 campaign season: a private September meeting in the Senator’s office; and a group meeting in July.
Yet under oath Sessions said, ” I did not have communications with the Russians.” (2)
“There was absolutely nothing misleading about his answer,” Sessions spokeswoman, Sarah Isgur Flores, said.(2)
I agree. There is nothing misleading about perjury. If the meetings happened then denying that they did is a lie. Lying to Congress, can be mitigated by something known as the Speech or Debate Clause, Article I, Section 6, Clause 1 of the U.S. Constitution, which states:
“They shall in all Cases, except Treason, Felony and Breach of the Peace, be privileged from Arrest during their Attendance at the Session of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same; and for any Speech or Debate in either House, they shall not be questioned in any other Place.” (3)
But Sessions was not being questioned in his capacity as a U.S. Senator at the time of his perjury; he was being questioned as a nominee for Attorney General of the United States. Anyone interpreting the above clause as protection for a senator lying under oath in a cabinet confirmation hearing needs to go back to law school. Also, the charge of treason is excepted and speaking to the Russian Ambassador might be considered such, depending on what was discussed. Maybe Christopher Steele, compiler of the famous “Golden Shower Dossier,” has access to the tape Kislyak surely made during his private meeting with Sessions.
“I did not have communications with the Russian” sounds remarkably like “I did not have sexual relations with that women,” Bill Clinton’s famous lie during the Monica Lewinsky catastrophe. But Bill Clinton was not under oath when he made that statement. Jeff Sessions was under oath when he denied having communications with the Russian. Perjury. Pure and Simple. And what did Sessions say about perjury during Clinton’s Impeachment trial?
“In America, the Supreme Court and the American people believe no one is above the law.” (1)
Sessions also voted “guilty” on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice during Clinton’s impeachment trial.
Nancy Pelosi has requested Sessions’ resignation. (4) She is absolutely on the mark but resignation would only be the first step. Perjury is a crime and Sessions needs to answer for that crime. After all, in the eleventh hour, Trump can always pardon him, before he perp-walks off to White Peoples’ jail.
Sessions was right about one thing though:
The American people– the ones not mesmerized by Trumpicity–believe no one is above the law.
- Mazza, Ed; What Jeff Sessions Said About Perjury During The Clinton Impeachment; Huffington Post; March 1, 2017: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/jeff-sessions-bill-clinton-impeachment_us_58b7d0c3e4b0a8ded67a51e9
- Sessions Met With Russian Envoy Twice Last Year, Encounters He Later Did Not Disclose; The Washington Post, March 1, 2017: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/sessions-spoke-twice-with-russian-ambassador-during-trumps-presidential-campaign-justice-officials-say/2017/03/01/77205eda-feac-11e6-99b4-9e613afeb09f_story.html?utm_term=.abaf7fd17a87
- U.S. Constitution; Article I, Section 6: http://constitutionus.com/
- Visceral, Nick; Nancy Pelosi: Jeff Sessions Lied Under Oath And Must Resign; Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/nancy-pelosi-jeff-sessions_us_58b7ab1fe4b0284854b3fc0e