Why Jeff Sessions should not have recused himself from any “Russian investigation” by the Justice Department

After getting President Donald J. Trump to fire then-National Security Advisor Michael Flynn following allegations – allegations only, mind you – that he improperly met with Russian officials and subsequently lied to Vice President Mike Pence about them, the nameless, faceless, globalist Deep State and its allies in the fake news establishment media are now going after Trump’s attorney general, former U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions.

Sessions, like Flynn and virtually everyone else on Trump’s team, is facing allegations – allegations only, mind you – that he had improper meetings with Russian ambassador to the United States, Sergei Kislyak.

His ‘crime’? Being a Republican in the Alt-Left world of Washington politics and media. Worse, being part of Trump’s inner circle and Cabinet. (RELATED: Sessions “Russia controversy” is completely contrived by the Deep State as a latest attempt to delegitimize Trump.)

The latest phase in the totally fabricated Deep State/media narrative that Team Trump colluded with the Russians to steal the election from Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, is to attack Sessions for allegedly hiding contact he had with Russian ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak, last summer. On one occasion, Sessions gave a talk at a Heritage Foundation event, in which Kislyak and a few other foreign diplomats were in attendance, the Justice Department said. A second instance involved Sessions taking a meeting in his office with Kislyak, who he said wanted to discuss U.S.-Russia relations. Sessions, as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, met regularly with foreign diplomats, and there should have been no reason for him not to, even after he endorsed Trump for president (which he had done by then).

The “controversy,” according to Sessions’ accusers, is that he lied about these encounters during his Senate confirmation hearing. But given the context of what he was asked, there is no way any reasonable person would conclude that he was being dishonest.

As The New York Times reported, Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., asked Sessions about a CNN report regarding that phony “intelligence dossier” filled with pages of unsubstantiated allegations of intimate and embarrassing details about Trump that the Russians supposedly had on him. One of the allegations in the report is that surrogates for Trump had been in constant contact with Russian intelligence during the campaign:

Sessions replied that he was “not aware of any of those activities.” He added, “I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign, and I didn’t have — did not have communications with the Russians, and I’m unable to comment on it.” 

In that context, Sessions was being completely honest, as the president has noted.

“Jeff Sessions is an honest man. He did not say anything wrong. He could have stated his response more accurately, but it was clearly not intentional,” the president said in a statement. “This whole narrative is a way of saving face for Democrats losing an election that everyone thought they were supposed to win. The Democrats are overplaying their hand. They lost the election and now, they have lost their grip on reality. The real story is all of the illegal leaks of classified and other information. It is a total witch hunt!” (RELATED: Flashback: Chuck Schumer Meets with Putin in New York City)

But nevertheless, after consulting with officials at the Justice Department, one of Sessions’ first official acts was to recuse himself from any department investigation relating to the 2016 presidential campaign – something a host of legal experts (as well as the president) said he should not have to do.

“He should only recuse himself from the investigation of illegal leaks because it relates to him, he was a victim,” said Tom Fitton, president of the legal and government watchdog organization Judicial Watch, in an interview with The Daily Signal.

“The real Russian scandal is that President Barack Obama’s team used the pretext of Russian interference in the election to justify wiretaps and illegal leaks of the Trump team, including a U.S. senator, now attorney general,” Fitton added. “The Russians’ interference in the elections is chasing unicorns, with these smoky allegations of collusion between the campaign and the Russian operatives, without evidence.”

Hans von Spakovsky, a former Justice Department attorney in the George W. Bush administration, now a senior legal fellow at The Heritage Foundation, agreed with Fitton:

“As president, Obama was 100 percent political during his administration and hasn’t stopped,” von Spakovsky told The Daily Signal. “The Sessions meetings are much ado about nothing if you look at the questions and answer from the hearing.”

Franken’s question was: “If there is any evidence that anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign communicated with the Russian government in the course of this campaign, what will you do?”

Sessions replied: “I’m not aware of any of those activities. I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign and I didn’t have—did not have communications with the Russians, and I’m unable to comment on it.”

Context matters, Mr. Attorney General, and you did nothing wrong.

J.D. Heyes is a senior writer for NaturalNews.com and NewsTarget.com, as well as editor of The National Sentinel.







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