Attorney General Jeff Sessions told Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson that he’s recusing himself not because he’s guilty of anything. “The reason I believe that I should recuse myself is because I was involved in the campaign,” he said. “To a degree, I think it would have been perceived that I wouldn’t be objective in participating in an investigation that might involve the campaign.”
President Trump has described the political attacks on the new Attorney General as a ‘total witch-hunt.’ This is all a small part of the Democrats’ “resistance” strategy to oppose the President. They intend to pick off Trump’s cabinet members one by one and by any means necessary, even if they’re based on completely dubious reasons. They have the media on their side, so anything goes.
The latest attacks on Jeff Sessions are laughable, and they would actually be funny if they weren’t real. In one sense, it’s a good thing that this is all the Democrats can come up with – the fact that he met with the Russian ambassador. It’s something that a fellow Armed Services Committee member Claire McCaskill – a Hillary Clinton surrogate – did as well in 2013 and 2015. But that doesn’t count, because she’s a Democrat.
In his interview, he stated clearly that just because he’s recusing himself doesn’t mean that he’s “admitting” to anything. It’s more about optics and perceived conflicts of interest. He’s trying to stay above board. Here’s what he said:
“Recusal is not an admission of any wrongdoing. It’s simply that whether or not you can be perceived as fairly deciding a case or evaluating a case. And so I committed to doing that after I became attorney general, and I’ve only been there three weeks.
“We met with professional staff, ethics people, to discuss this issue and we had a full meeting a week or so again. We planned to have a meeting today, it was on our schedule to make a final decision about whether or not I should recuse myself.
“And the reason I believe that I should recuse myself is because I was involved in the campaign to a degree I think it would have been perceived is that I wouldn’t be objective in participating in an investigation that might involve the campaign…
“I do not confirm or deny any investigation. I just felt like I should clear the air and we were moving towards that end even before this latest flap.”
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