Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III Must Resign

Written by Bo Elder on Thursday March 2, 2017 - Permalink - Category: Election 2016

Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III was sworn in less than a month ago on a vote of 52-47, numbers that don't really grant him any sort of mandate to lead the Justice Department.

But during his confirmation hearing, when Senator Al Franken specifically asked about contacts between Trump campaign surrogates and Russians, he decides that the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth is perhaps a bit much; instead of simply admitting he'd spoken with the Russian ambassador and explaining it within the context of his Senate Armed Services Committee duties, he decided to omit it:

FRANKEN: CNN just published a story alleging that the intelligence community provided documents to the president-elect last week, that included information that “Russian operatives claim to have compromising personal and financial information about Mr. Trump.” These documents also allegedly say “there was a continuing exchange of information during the campaign between Trump surrogates and intermediaries for the Russian government.” Again, I’m telling you this as it’s coming out, so, you know. But if it’s true, it’s obviously extremely serious, and 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: Senator Franken, 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 did not have communications with the Russians, and I’m unable to comment on it.

FRANKEN: Very well.

Beyond the fact that Jefferson Beauregard didn't answer the question put to him by Senator Franken, he now says he can't remember the content of those conversations, yet he maintains they were in the context of his Senate Armed Services Committee duties. By the way, no other Committee members have found it necessary to meet with the ambassador. He's either lying now, or he has cognitive issues that are going to preclude him from performing the job he was appointed to do. One can get you jailed for five years, and the other is a medical issue.  Both, however, are grounds for him to resign his position. He should also be sanctioned by the Alabama Bar Association - there is no excuse for 'stretching the truth', or omitting testimony when you've been asked a very direct question, as Senator Franken did.