Watching Attorney General Jeff Sessions testimony was like watching a boring prize-fight, one where a contender’s strategy is to bob and weave as a way to escape being punched. Sessions said little, offered few facts and relied on his lack of memory and his insistence that there was a policy that he was adhering to that allowed him not to answer the committee’s questions in regard to his conversations with the President.
There is no such policy. He cannot invoke privilege and at some point, he will have to answer those questions. It may take Special Counsel Robert Mueller to get the answers out of him or another session before the House Judiciary Committee.
He also suggested that his lack of answering questions was something his predecessors had done. Again he was wrong. For instance, as Attorney Ronald Klain pointed out on Twitter, when Janet Reno, who was Attorney General under Bill Clinton, was asked about her conversations with the President she answered the questions put to her by Senators without deflection.
Sessions served on the Senate Judiciary Committee. He knows full well what questions that people have to answer when under oath. Yesterday, he deliberately obfuscated and lied about a non-existent policy privilege. He also chose to “not recall” too many times to remember. These incidents in question did not happen years ago. They happened within the past year and one would think one might remember meeting with the Russian Ambassador.
Sessions tried to throw a few punches yesterday but they landed on mostly deaf ears. While the Republicans will search for a kernel of good news, the rest of us know better. The Attorney General of the United States has an obligation to answers the questions put before him honestly and forthrightly. Sessions did neither.