Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Deep State DOJ told FBI they were going to advise Sessions to recuse himself, Comey took this as done deal. Sessions had worked with career DOJ staff less than 4 wks but took their advice and recused himself from both Russian probe and any 'matters that deal with the Trump campaign'-TPM, June 8, 2017, Comey statements...(Deep State Republicans also advised Sessions to recuse)

Sessions confirmed as Attorney General on Wed. Feb. 8, 2017, recused himself less than 4 weeks later in a March 2 news conference. 63 million voters desperate for change were promised that career Washington DC swamp dwellers would be cleared out by the Trump administration, yet Sessions immediately took the advice of "career" (meaning Swamp) DOJ personnel to recuse himself, effectively nullifying nearly 63 million voters and the essence of the Trump campaign.

June 8, 2017, "Sessions Mystery: How Did Comey Know AG Would Have To Recuse Himself?" Talking Points Memo, Allegra Kirkland

"Attorney General Jeff Sessions oversight of the federal investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election had become "problematic" before he voluntarily recused himself, fired FBI Director James Comey testified Thursday. The tantalizingly vague statement, based on facts Comey said he could not discuss in an open hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee, suggested that FBI leadership knew weeks before Sessions’ recusal that he would have to step down.

As Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) noted, Comey first made this assertion in his seven-page-long written testimony, which was released a day before his blockbuster in-person appearance. In that prepared statement, Comey said he immediately briefed his FBI leadership team after President Donald Trump requested he drop the investigation into Trump’s freshly ousted national security adviser, Michael Flynn, in a one-on-one White House meeting on Feb. 14. The officials agreed not to notify Sessions because they expected he (Sessions) “would likely recuse himself from involvement in Russia-related investigations,” per Comey’s prepared statement.

“What was it about the attorney general’s own interactions with the Russians or his behavior with regard to the investigation that would have led the entire leadership of the FBI to make this decision?” Wyden asked.

"“Our judgment, as I recall, was that he was very close to and inevitably going to recuse himself for a variety of reasons,” Comey said. “We also were aware of facts that I can’t discuss in an open setting, that would make his continued engagement in a Russia-related investigation problematic and so we werewe were convinced and in fact, I think we had already heard that the career people [at the Justice Department] were recommending that he recuse himself, that he was not going to be in contact with Russia related matters much longer.” 

“That turned out to be the case,” he added.

Sessions recused himself two weeks after that Feb. 14 conversation between Trump and Comey, after the Washington Post reported that he failed to disclose two conversations he had with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. during the campaign. Sessions had voluntarily offered during his own confirmation hearings that he “did not have communications with the Russians.

After the Washington Post broke the news that Sessions twice met with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, the attorney general’s spokesperson confirmed the encounters, saying they occurred in his capacity as a then-senator from Alabama rather than as a prominent Trump campaign surrogate.

The attorney general announced his recusal from both the Russia probe and any "matters that deal with the Trump campaign" hours later.

My [career DOJ] staff recommended recusal,” Sessions said in a March 2 news conference. “I believe those recommendations are right and just.”

During that announcement, Sessions declined to confirm that there was an investigation into Trump’s associates and Russia. He also said he did not “believe” he had met with any Russian officials other than Kislyak.

Trump is reportedly still seething at Sessions over that recusal, which he believes ultimately led to the appointment of a special counsel to oversee the sprawling Russia investigation."


Among comments


I can't claim any special knowledge, but it has always seemed strange to me that Sessions decided so quickly to recuse himself so soon after confirmation. The normal pattern is to fight tooth and nail and drag the process out for as long as possible, but Sessions decided quickly for some reason to take himself out. And even more significantly, he had to know just how important it would be to Trump to have the AG defending him at every turn, as well as for the AG to be able to feed him inside info in the investigation as it progressed.

My explanation is that Sessions realized that he already had criminal liability at least for perjury and false statements to the FBI"...

[Ed. note: Presumably about meeting the Russian Ambassador twice but not mentioning it at his AG confirmation hearings when asked: "Sessions met with Kislyak twice, in July on the sidelines of the Republican convention, and in September in his office when Sessions was a member of the Senate Armed Services committee." No mention of prostitutes urinating on a bed in Moscow a la "Golden Showers" anti-Trump dossier.]

(continuing): "and that compounding that with further lies and obfuscations would incriminate him further, and leave him open to greater scrutiny that he already was in line for. Just my guess."


Added: Along with Deep State DOJ, treasonous Deep State Republicans also called for Sessions to recuse himself. They were never going to allow Trump any success and have been more than happy to sell the "everybody knows Putin stole the election" lie:

3/1/17, CNN: "Several Republicans also called on Sessions to recuse himself from Trump-Russia inquiries. 

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the Republican chairman of the House Oversight Committee, told CNN Sessions "should further clarify his testimony." Rep. Darrell Issa, R-California, said "we need a clear-eyed view of what the Russians actually did so that all Americans can have faith in our institutions.""...

[Ed. note: Exactly who said "the Russians actually did" anything and what is the evidence?]

 (continuing): ""Jeff Sessions is a former colleague and a friend, but I think it would be best for him and for the country to recuse himself from the DOJ Russia probe," said Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, in a statement. 

House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy, in an interview with MSNBC, said Sessions should recuse himself for "the trust of the American people." An aide later said McCarthy was only referring to Sessions' statement that he should recuse himself if there was a conflict." "Sessions did not disclose meetings with Russian ambassador" by Evan Perez, Shimon Prokupecz and Eli Watkins, CNN

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