Sessions Pushes Back Against Republican Calls For Clinton, Comey Special Counsel

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Jeff Sessions testimony before the House Judiciary Committee was about as contentious as many observers probably expected, with Sessions jousting with lawmakers who pressed him about troubling omissions in his previous testimony.

But nestled among questions about Sessions’ campaign-season interactions with Russian officials and former Trump campaign national security adviser George Papadopoulos, one lawmaker asked Sessions whether a report that the DOJ said it would approve AT&T’s proposed takeover of Time Warner only if the latter agreed to sell CNN was accurate. Sessions responded that it wasn't.

“I don’t think I’m able to accept as accurate news reports that have come out,” he said when asked if the president or anyone at the White House had asked him about the acquisition.

The news outraged some Democrats, who accused Trump of improperly using his influence to punish the network, which he has frequently decried as “fake news”. Trump had insinuated during the campaign that he might try to block the deal if he won the presidency.

Sessions refused to say exactly what would be required for the AT&T-Time Warner deal to win approval.

When asked later by another lawmaker if the White House had attempted to interfere, or had reached out to the DOJ about the deal. Sessions said that he couldn't answer questions involving the White House's communications with the Justice Department.

Last night, the Washington Post reported that Sessions had asked prosecutors to look into whether certain prominent Democrats and Obama-era federal law-enforcement officials should be investigated for a range of purported misdeeds.

During the testimony, several Republican reps pushed Sessions to confirm that he would appoint the special counsel, something Sessions declined to do since he said to do so would reveal the existence of an ongoing investigation.

Instead, in a heated exchange with Ohio Republican Rep. Jim Gordon, Sessions  pushed back on the immediate need for a second special counsel to investigate Clinton.

It would take "a factual basis that meets the standard of a special counsel" for the Justice Department to make such an appointment, Sessions said.

"We will use the proper standards and that’s the only thing I can tell you, Mr. Jordan," Sessions said. "You can have your idea but sometimes we have to study what the facts are and to evaluate whether it meets the standards it requires."

It would take "a factual basis that meets the standard of a special counsel" for the Justice Department to make such an appointment, Sessions told Gordon.

Jordan suggested that the Clinton campaign and the DNC broke the law by paying for the infamous “Trump dossier” via Clinton lawyer Marc Elias and not disclosing the true purpose of those funds to the FEC.

"And it sure looks like the FBI was paying the author of that document and it sure looks like a major political party was working with the federal government to then turn an opposition research document - the equivalent of some National Enquirer story - into an intelligence document take that to the FISA Court so they could then get a warrant to spy on President Trump’s campaign."

"That’s what it looks like and I’m asking you, in addition to all the things we know about James Comey in 2016, doesn’t that warrant naming a second special counsel?"

Sessions at first demurred, noting that Comey is no longer the director of the FBI and praising the current director, Chris Wray. But pressed further by Jordan -"He's not here today, Attorney General Sessions, and you are" - Sessions appeared to throw cold water on the immediate need for a special counsel.

"I would say 'looks like' is not enough basis to appoint a special counsel," he said sharply. He added that it would be "wrong" to use the powers of the DOJ for political purposes.

"The Department of Justice can never be used to retaliate politically against opponents. That would be wrong."

Asked early in the testimony about his previous public comments that he was not aware of any contacts between Trump campaign associates and the Russians - comments that have since been proven incorrect because Sessions attended a March meeting with George Papadopoulos where the latter said he could arrange a meeting between then-candidate Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Sessions said that during his confirmation hearing, Papadopoulos’s comments had slipped his memory.

Furthermore, Sessions said on Tuesday he now recalls the meeting with then-candidate Donald Trump and aides where campaign connections to Russia were discussed.

Sessions, addressing the House Judiciary Committee, said he recalled the March 2016 meeting where foreign policy advisor George Papadopoulos was present, “But I have no clear recollection of the details of what he said during that meeting."

Later, Democratic Rep. Hakeem Jeffries pressed Sessions about an interview he did with Lou Dobbs where he criticized Hillary Clinton for telling the FBI she didn’t remember certain details during its investigation of her alleged mishandling of classified information. During the interview, Sessions told Dobbs that conveniently failing to remember could constitute perjury.

Jeffries asked if he believed the intentional failure can constitute as a criminal act?

Sessions said yes.

He later said the implication that he lied by saying he didn't recall those comments was unfair, and harshly rebuked Jeffries, a Democrat who represents parts of Brooklyn.

Most of the most controversial subjects have been well-trod at this point, but Sessions’ testimony has not yet ended. You can watch along below:

 

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dlfield's picture

Okay, fine.  Since that would be wrong, let's investigate how the prior adminstration used the Justice Department for political retaliation.

Two-bits's picture

He just publicly confessed to being the swamp creature. What more is required to remove him from his position and install someone that will do the damn job?

Looney's picture

 

The difference between the two Cunts (Hillary and Sessions) is that the Crooked One stole hundreds of millions and the Dumb One is almost broke.

Looney

Jim in MN's picture

Reminder to self:  First, get some political opponents.  THEN rob banks.  It would then be 'wrong' to have Justice pursue me!

The logic, it stinketh.

MagicHandPuppet's picture

Something about Sessions smells awful swampy.  But, I just can't put my finger on it.

J S Bach's picture

I told you not to get too excited about the latest reports of "investigations" into the Clintons.  All of these bastards are part of the miasmic milieu of the swamp.  Nothing will happen until an outside revolutionary movement takes command and rips them all out root and branch.

Manthong's picture

 

Get rid of that system SOB……………

auricle's picture

Laughable, now prosecuting corruption is seen as retaliation. Sessions needs to step down. 

IH8OBAMA's picture

When you are staring at blatant criminality, Jeff, you go after it no matter how high up it goes.

 

YUNOSELL's picture

Sessions is so obviously Deep State -- They need to drain his swamp

JimmyJones's picture

I got to admit I am pissed and maybe I am missing something since I am not a lawyer and not a DC politician.  How the heck can we expect our soldiers to fight for "Freedom" for the equal application of law, for justice, for what we are told "our way of life".  When its absolutely obvious that there are TWO sets of Rules.  Once for us and one for the Clinton/Bush Crime family.   I am pissed and I now encourage all of those serving the US military to not renew their service contracts once they are up.  They are fighting for nothing of real value if we don't do something about these criminals.  All of these jerks swore an oath to Up hold and defend the Constitution.  Most of them at this point are guilty of Treason in my opinion. 

NAV's picture

All of these "jerks" are beholden only to Israel and the Deep State. "When Benjamin Netanyahu, liar and war criminal, spoke before Congress, and was given 26 standing ovations by these pathetic little puppets, who call themselves our elected Representatives, they were watched by AIPAC spies to see which one of those pathetic little puppets needed punishment for not jumping up fast enough 26 times (Dale Walker)."

And the FBI has never broken off its relationship with the ADL. The last speech FBI director James Comey made before being fired, was to the ADL, "an organization he praised as indispensable to the FBI's work." In that speech, Comey called the Holocaust "the most significant event in history." As part of the ADL's influence over the FBI, Comey "assured the ADL that the FBI would continue to 'require every new FBI special agent and intelligence analyst in training to visit the Holocaust Museum [because] we want them to learn about abuse of power on a breathtaking scale (Culture Wars).'"

As you say, "Treason!"

The people knew why they wanted Trump. It's time for him to realize why he was given the job.

philipat's picture

It looks increasingly likely that Sessions has been compromised in some way.

If the issue is that DOJ should not be used for retaliation against political opponents, OK then go after Obama, Holder, Lynch, Rice, Power etc, where such behavior has already been proven.

But this is NOT about political retaliation it is about the rule of law and "All men being equal under the law". There is prima facie evidence that serious crimes, including treason, have been committed by Clinton and an investigation is not only warranted, it is essential to respond to the widespread concerns of we the people.

If Sessions will not do it, thanks Jeff and enjoy your "retirement"?

Where the fuck is Sessions.....

Zip_the_Zap's picture

Very, very simple: the peasants have always supplied the labor that was used to crush the opposition and maintain the wealth of the ruling class. We are bred to fu%k each other over, as a retriever is bred to swim.

JimmyJones's picture

Well Sessions you are either pulling off the most covert prosecution in history, or you are a moron.

Yog Soggoth's picture

I have been thinking that for many months now, and am willing to let it go for a couple more months at best. It is a high stakes poker game though. The way I see it is he has been doing absolutely nothing, or he has been doing something sneaky. Did not watch the video because it might give WaPo money somehow.

Loanman26's picture

This whole thing is like a Shakespeare play.

Its been like a Hansel & Gretel bread crumb drop.

What I heard Sessions say today is that he needs help with more.

Are you listening Julian?

Syrin's picture

There is CLEAR CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR!   Fuck politics!   Go after the damn CRIMINALS!   This is high treason like we have NEVER SEEN BEFORE!  

 

Remove Sessions, and investigate his ties to Hillary.   He's part of the cover up.

Fudomyo's picture

Let the man do his job and wait to see the results. No one tips their hand to serve gotcha moments while trying to build a case or gather evidence.

Kidbuck's picture

It's been a whole year and this fucking little twerp ain't convicted a single Clinton. Sessions looks and sounds and acts like Hillary's bitch.

Al Gophilia's picture

It's a protection racket. It's a job benefit. 

tmosley's picture

Currently in favor of Sessions' execution.

NihilistZerO___'s picture

Sessions is playing a role so when the indictments are announced it doesn't seem political. Why do y'all think Hillary and McCain are wearing the EXACT same Orthopedic boot on their right legs now? Perhaps hiding LE tracking devices? There are over 800 sealed Federal Indictments in Los Angeles, DC and it's suburbs. The Storm is here lads. We've been waiting all our lives for some justice. It's happening.

WillyGroper's picture

@NZ

i view it as you do.  too many here too quick to condemn with linear thinking.

kinda funny both helliary & mcbraintumor are wearing them on the same leg.

nothing is as it seems.  something big is ahead.

i think Sessions is playing his hand smart so as no whiff of partisan taint.

JimmyJones's picture

I agree with both of you but my patience is wearing thin. I really hope this isn't  just hopeful thinking.

WillyGroper's picture

the corruption like everything else was incremental.

if the head of the snake is chopped off, i imagine it too will be incremental.

those of us that have had it up to our eyeballs may not get the degree of justice we're hopeful for.

 

the FACT of 40 not running for re-election is a big tell of just how many are compromised & now presumed to have switched sides to save their hide.  if the whole kit n kaboodle were taken down at once, it would be total anarchy.   so what appears to be a measured approach is prolly the least disruptive, if there is such a thing given the circumstances.

 

personally, if/when this shakes out, i will take immense pleasure in watching skulls turn to red mist of the nattering nabobs i've tried to warn.

at this point, w/o the mil i can see it swinging either direction.

spieslikeus's picture

Is it really 40? Good God, maybe this shit's turning around afterall.....just in time to get nuke'd, emp'd, fuku'd, etc. etc.

Got The Wrong No's picture

The sun is rising on a brand new day. Let it shine. 

Syrin's picture

I have read the same thing, and for people who might not be aware, acoording to the stuff I have read, it's rare to have 2-3 sealed indictments in place at any given time, and there are literally hundreds filed across the country.   Still, I don't trsut Sessions AT ALL.  I have also read Mueller is working for Trump to take down the democrat chain of command with the RUSSIA RUSSIA RUSSIA just being a diversionary front to keep the media happy.  I am skeptical, but lets hope 4chan is right  AGAIN.

NihilistZerO___'s picture

/pol/ is always right ;-)

Doom and Dust's picture

For a nihilist you have a whole lotta hope left.

It's just sad to see real Americans resort to this kind of desperation.

 

Dontblamethegoat's picture

I hope you are right, but ...

I hope you are holding your breath waiting for those indictments .... for all we know they are for home schoolers violating their kids rights to be brainwashed into good NWO muppets.

 

Keep holding your breath ... that way you wll pass out and be spared the shock of learning the indictmants have nothing at all to do with draining the swamp.

Thought Processor's picture

 

 

Sealed indictments seem to be real.  Things are getting curiouser and curiouser.

Word is (from diff. sources) that there is a huge network being taken down consisting of: Murder, Human Trafficking, Racketeering, Voter Fraud, and more..........

 

But like everyone else on here, I'll believe it when I see it.  But if these rumors are anywhere near accurate we are in for quite the shit storm.

waterfinder's picture

The Clintons will never, ever be prosecuted and, even if they get investigated, we will see some token effort for show like what Comey did.  They hold a lot of strings on both sides of the aisle in the D.C. swamp, so unless we get rid of everyone that is beholden to the Clintons - something I don't think will happen for a long time - they will keep getting off scot-free.  I'd be more than happy to be proven wrong on this, but until it happens, don't get your hopes up.

Thought Processor's picture

 

 

I wonder if Hillary has negotiated a deal of some sort (that would suck).  Podesta Group, and Podesta's are done.  Shady funding has been cut off at the source (Saudi's in the Ritz jail, but it was likely the impounding of their funds / assets that they were after).  Everyone else involved in U.S. is now a flight risk.  

There is evidence of an internal war being waged inside the Government (for some time now obviously), essentially white hats vs. black hats.  Deep State vs. the U.S. Constitution.  Good vs. Evil.

 

Kidbuck's picture

You've got some evidence for that claim?

Katos's picture

That would start with the Bush Family crime cabal! Bush SR has been in control of our media, THE CIA and our government since he ran the CIA back in the 70'S!! He has used his powerful " CARLYLE GROUP " TO manipulate the CIA WHO MANIPULATES the media, who TAKE orders from the state department! He had also filled our government with pedophiles, satanist, GLOBALISTS, perverts AND diviates! Barbara BUSH, ALIESTER CROWLEYS DAUGHTER, has taught her OCCULTIC MAJIX TO WASHINGTON AND JOLLYWEIRD, WHERE "DO AS THOU WILT" HAS BECOME THE SWAN SONG OF PREDATORS ON BOTH COASTS!

garcam123's picture

I double damn guarantee you that Comey and Cuntlery have a pic of him with a black cock in his mouth!

Mr. Presidon't FIRE THIS PIECE OF SHIT!

Got The Wrong No's picture

"Something about Sessions smells awful swampy.  But, I just can't put my finger on it."

It's that Hilldebeast Stench you are smelling. 

NoDebt's picture

"several Republican reps pushed Sessions to confirm that he would appoint the special counsel, something Sessions declined to do since he said to do so would reveal the existence of an ongoing investigation."

Wait...... fucking WHAT??  Does that make any sense to anybody?  Isn't saying that in and of itself revealing the existence of an ongoing investigation?  Or maybe what he means is that by doing nothing it's actually proof that he's doing something.

This dude has to go.  Worthless as tits on a bull.

 

Two-bits's picture

Congress: You. You can't lie. So tell me, puppet, where is Seth Rich?
Sessions: Uh, hmm, well, uh, I don't know where he's not.
Congress: You're telling me you don't know where Shrek is?
Sessions: It wouldn’t be inaccurate to assume that I couldn’t exactly not say that it is or isn’t almost partially incorrect.
Congress:- So you do know where he is?
Sessions: Oh, on the contrary. I'm possibly more or less not definitely rejecting the idea that in no way with any amount of uncertainty that I undeniably...
Congress: Stop it!
Sessions: ...do or do not know where he shouldn’t probably be, if that indeed wasn’t where he isn’t. Even if he wasn’t at where I knew he was, that’d mean I’d really have to know where he wasn't.

garcam123's picture

And I want you to know that I certainly do feel more like I do now that I am here!  DAD GUMMIT!

Implied Violins's picture

I think that all good, right thinking people in this country are sick and tired of being told that all good, right thinking people in this country are fed up with being sick and tired. I'm certainly not, and I'm sick and tired of being told that I am.

Zip_the_Zap's picture

All the good, right thinking people need to be eliminated. They are ones causing all the problems.

813kml's picture

Howdy Doody Sessions may have an arm up his ass.

NoDebt's picture

"Is it that obvious?"

- Jeff Sessions

eclectic syncretist's picture

Well I say settle down for just a bit more time gentlemen. This is the part where we give Mueller some line to run on, and when his time is up and he has to play his hand, that will be the time to have this sword of Damocles that is currently hanging over him come down. Mueller is a rat on a fumigated ship with nowhere to go, and only hopes to delay as long as possible.