It’s hard feeling sympathy for Jeff Sessions, a man with a history of racist opposition to equal rights and protections under the law for all Americans.
Still, vilifying him for conversations he apparently had with Russia’s ambassador to America, Sergey Kislyak, during the presidential campaign when he was a US senator is way over-the-top and unjustified.
He shouldn’t have been asked about it during confirmation hearings or other times. Targeting him is part of endless Trump bashing for the wrong reasons, not the right ones.
On March 1, the neocon, CIA-connected Washington Post published a hatchet job article, criticizing Sessions for “sp(eaking) twice last year with Russia’s ambassador to the United States,” according to unnamed Justice Department officials – clearly Obama holdovers not yet replaced, wanting Trump delegitimized, undermined, and likely removed from office.
During his confirmation hearing, Sessions was asked what he’d do if he learned of any contacts with Russian officials by members of Trump’s campaign.
“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,” he responded.
Asked if he had any contacts with anyone connected to the Russian government about last November’s election, before or after it was held, he said “(n)o.”
His spokeswoman, Sarah Flores, said “(t)here was absolutely nothing misleading about his answer.”
“He was asked during the hearing about communications between Russia and the Trump campaign – not about meetings he took as a senator and a member of the Armed Services Committee.”
She explained he had over 25 conversations with foreign ambassadors last year as a Senate Armed Services Committee member – including from Australia, Britain, Canada, China, Germany, India, Japan, South Korea, as well as Russia.
Sessions issued a statement, saying he “never met with any Russian officials to discuss issues of the campaign. I have no idea what this allegation is about. It is false.”
Ousting National Security Advisor Michael Flynn was all about harming Trump. The same goes for unfairly targeting Councilor to the President Kellyanne Conway last month, discussed in previous articles, and now Sessions.
Who’s next? Will Trump be the last domino to fall? The dirty game is all about eliminating or discrediting people around him, delegitimizing and undermining him – then removing him or forcing total capitulation to dirty business as usual.
In short order, it’s working. After weeks in office, his domestic and geopolitical agenda accommodates Wall Street, war-profiteers and other corporate predators at the expense of political, economic and social justice.
WaPo’s article offered no evidence of wrongdoing by Sessions. Administration and congressional members speaking with officials from other countries is standard practice.
Media scoundrels and Capitol Hill found no fault with two trips by John McCain to Syria, entering the country illegally, meeting with US-supported anti-government terrorists, expressing support – a criminal act by any standard.
Former Russophobe Sessions changed his views during the presidential campaign. Last July, he said “Donald Trump is right. We need to figure out a way to end this cycle of hostility that’s putting this country at risk, costing us billions of dollars in defense, and creating hostilities.”
Undemocratic Democrats smell blood. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi demands he resign for allegedly “lying under oath” during confirmation hearings.
Separately she tweeted “AG Sessions is not fit to serve as the top law enforcement officer of our country and must resign.”
He may be unfit to serve, not for having conversations with foreign ambassadors, including Russia’s.
What’s most important is ignored – reckless US hostility toward Moscow because its sovereign independence, impeding Washington’s rage for unchallenged global dominance.
It risks eventual direct confrontation, the unthinkable possibility of nuclear war as long imperial warriors are in charge of US policymaking.