No matter the question, the answer from Attorney General Jeff Sessions was “I do not recall.” He doesn’t recall meetings, conversations, or even the DOJ policy that allowed him to dodge straightforward questions without executive privilege.
In fact, Sessions said he does not recall a whopping more than 20 times this afternoon. Here is what we learned from his testimony despite his best efforts to run interference for President Trump.
“Instead of actually providing answers and clarity, the Attorney General today offered nothing but hours of lies and dishonest obfuscation,” said American Bridge Vice President Shripal Shah. “The administration can stonewall all they want but eventually the truth is going to come out about this scandal. When it does, Trump and his team will learn the hard way that they’re not above the law.”
Sessions admitted he’s not able to invoke executive privilege, admitted the President had not invoked executive privilege, but refused to answer questions anyway.
Sessions defied logic when he said he never sought or received any briefing related to Russia’s hacking of the 2016 election.
Sessions said he doesn’t “recall” speaking or meeting privately with the Russian ambassador at the Mayflower Hotel but did not deny it happened.
Sessions would not rule out President Trump issuing pardons to individuals involved in the Russia investigation.
Sessions confirmed former FBI Director James Comey expressed concerns to him about his private conversation with President Trump.
Sessions denied former FBI Director James Comey’s charge, given under oath, that there were “problematic” reasons that led his team to expect Sessions would inevitably recuse himself from the Russia investigation.
BONUS: Sessions says fast paced questioning makes him “nervous.”
Published: Jun 13, 2017