At yesterday’s Senate Intelligence Committee hearing into the Trump/Russia soap opera, Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions swore to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
But the Attorney General’s ”truth” came wrapped in a blanket of forgetfulness and a refusal to discuss any conversation he had with the president or members of his administration.
The man who is often compared to a Keebler elf because of his small stature and leprechaun-like appearance, answered more than 20 questions with some version of “I don’t recall,” “I don’t recollect,” or “I don’t remember.”
When he might have remembered something asked of him, he refused to answer because it involved discussions with the president. No, he was not invoking executive privilege (something only the president can do … and didn’t), he just didn’t want to respond.
California Sen. Kamala Harris was having none of it.
Harris, the feisty former San Francisco district attorney and California attorney general, demanded to know what policy Sessions was relying upon when he refused to discuss his conversations with Trump.
Sessions fumbled for an answer. The best he could come up with was there might be a written policy within his department but he wasn’t sure.
Harris’s questioning of Sessions turned into such a rapid-fire grilling that the baffled and befuddled attorney general became downright indignant. His southern honor was being challenged!
When Sessions answered he didn’t recall any conversations with Russian businessmen at the 2016 Republican convention, Harris interrupted the former Senator.
“Will you let me qualify it?” responded an agitated Sessions. “If I don’t qualify it, you’ll accuse me of lying. So I need to be correct as best I can. I’m not able to be rushed this fast. It makes me nervous.”
It was left to John McCain to come to the aid of his overmatched Republican colleague. He asked committee chairman, Richard Burr, to let the witness answer the question.
Looking at his angered face, one could almost tell what was going through Jefferson Beauregard Sessions’ mind … this woman, who has the effrontery of challenging me, a southern gentlemen, is not a belle but a … (another word beginning with the letter “b”).
Poor little man got his feelings hurt while the committee and the rest of America got stonewalled.
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