Who has the real candor deficit?
Apparently Sessions’s memory issues about Russian contacts in his Congressional testimony merited a criminal probe authorized by McCabe nearly a year ago.
Supposedly Sessions did not know of the inquiry, but we’re learning a lot about the internecine struggles within the FBI (see the NYC office and the Steele Dossier).
We also know that attempts to politicize the agency have now created more problems for those attempting it, and it does go to the peculiar nastiness 45* has exhibited toward McCabe.
But only in criminal organizations is there retribution, right? Because Constitution?
Nearly a year before Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired senior FBI official Andrew McCabe for what Sessions called a “lack of candor,” McCabe oversaw a federal criminal investigation into whether Sessions lacked candor when testifying before Congress about contacts with Russian operatives, sources familiar with the matter told ABC News.
Democratic lawmakers have repeatedly accused Sessions of misleading them in congressional testimony and called on federal authorities to investigate, but McCabe’s previously-unreported decision to actually put the attorney general in the crosshairs of an FBI probe was an exceptional move.
Yet, if Sessions were to apply this same standard to himself, he may not have a job very much longer.
Reuters reported that Sessions may have lied under oath regarding his role in determining whether the Trump campaign should have colluded with the Russian government.
This is the second time Sessions faced allegations that he lied under oath regarding both his conduct as a member of the Trump campaign and his approach to the Russian government.
The new allegations concern Sessions’ November 2017 testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, where he was asked about a proposal by campaign adviser George Papadopoulos that the campaign reach out to Russia. Sessions claimed in his testimony that he “pushed back” against Papadopoulos’ proposal at a meeting Sessions chaired as head of the Trump campaign’s foreign policy team.
Yet, according to Reuters, three people who attended this meeting “said Sessions had expressed no objections to Papadopoulos’ idea.” A fourth attendee, for what it is worth, corroborates Sessions’ testimony.
Ã¢ÂÂ TheBeat w/Ari Melber (@TheBeatWithAri) March 20, 2018
Americans deserve to know whether McCabeÃ¢ÂÂs firing was on the merits or politically motivated. I join the growing bipartisan call for AG Jeff Sessions to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee to answer this critical question. https://t.co/WFrCvylhVM
Ã¢ÂÂ Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) March 20, 2018
One shouldn’t be put in the situation of marching for someone trying to roll back civil rights law.
If Trump fires Sessions Rosenstein or Mueller BEFORE 2 p.m. local time Ã¢ÂÂ> events will begin @ 5 p.m. local time.
If AFTER 2 p.m. local time Ã¢ÂÂ> events will begin @ noon local time the following day.
This is the general plan Ã¢ÂÂ pic.twitter.com/jOCmdVlfxE
Ã¢ÂÂ Ã¢ÂÂRiotWomennÃ¢ÂÂ (@riotwomennn) March 21, 2018
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