So, how about that Jeff Sessions, huh?
By now, the news that yet another figure in Trump's circle has been in touch with the Russian government isn't all that surprising. The surprising thing is just how Sessions got himself in trouble. Here's the exchange from his confirmation hearing:
Q: [A reference of some media reports regarding the Trump campaign's ties to Russia.] [If] there is any evidence that anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign communicated with the Russian government in the course of this campaign, what will you do?
A: Senator Franken, 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, and I’m unable to comment on it.
Set aside the fact that he didn't answer the question asked-- that's perfectly normal. (And even appropriate-- a law enforcement official-to-be probably shouldn't be making comments on specific cases like that.) Instead of answering, though, he voluntarily made a declarative statement, under oath, asserting a fact that is very very close to demonstrably untrue. (Sessons acknowledges that he did talk with the Russian ambassador, but argues that he wasn't lying because he did so in his capacity as a Senator, rather than as somebody involved in the Trump campaign.) I'm going to repeat that-- he volunteered an answer to a question that he was not asked, and did so arguably untruthfully.
The first rule of any sworn testimony situation is that you do not volunteer information that you were not asked unless you really really want it on the record and are 100% certain that it is 100% true. Even if all the Russia stuff amounts to nothing, in my book, he should resign immediately because any lawyer dumb enough to make that mistake has no business running the U.S. Department of Justice.
Edited by Enoch, 02 March 2017 - 08:01 PM.