Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Jeff Sessions

Robert Reich

The one big thing we learned today from Jeff Sessions stonewalling testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee is Trump and his administration still don’t care about Russia’s interference in the 2016 election – and the likelihood Russia will interfere to an even greater extent in 2018 and beyond.

Sessions told West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin III he “did not recall” any meeting during which Trump expressed concern or curiosity about what Russia had been doing during the 2016 election.

Sessions also said he himself, as the country’s and Trump’s lead law enforcement official, was never briefed on Russian interference.

Sessions stated that Russia’s role was the conclusion of U.S. intelligence agencies, without embracing the conclusion as his own.

Last week, when Manchin asked former FBI Director James Comey whether Trump had ever expressed curiosity about Russia’s attempts to swing the election, Comey said that he “[didn’t] remember any conversations with the president about the Russia election interference.”

In January Trump called “the whole Russian thing” a “ruse.” In April, when asked whether he thought Russia tried to meddle, Trump first said, “I don’t know,” and only later said he was “okay” with the intelligence agencies’ determination that Russia attempted to meddle with the campaign and that “we have to find out what happened” with it. Later that month suggested that Ukraine was pushing allegations that Russia was behind the hacking. Then on May 30 Trump tweeted “Russian officials must be laughing at the U.S. & how a lame excuse for why the Dems lost the election has taken over the Fake News.”

The White House is a leaky bucket but the only people in danger of prosecution for leaks are people who leak information about Russia’s interference in the 2016 election – which is absolutely necessary for the American public to know.


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