Gazing into the Abyss: Does Jeff Sessions Need to Recuse Himself from Being Attorney General?

“Whoever fights monsters must see to it that he does not become a monster himself.  And if you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss also gazes into you.” [“Wer mit Ungeheuern kämpft, mag zusehn, dass er nicht dabei zum Ungeheuer wird.  Und wenn du lange in einen Abgrund blickst, blickt der Abgrund auch in dich hinein.”]  —Friedrich Nietzsche


Representative Matt Gaetz, a Republican from Florida, told Breitbart News recently that he and other House Judiciary Committee Republicans had met with Attorney General Sessions at the Justice Department on September 28.  When Gaetz asked Sessions for a special counsel to investigate the Uranium One deal and Fusion GPS, Session left the room.  “He [Sessions] said that anything that had to do with 2016 election, or Russia, or the candidates in the 2016 election, fell under the scope of his recusal, and he left the room,” reported Gaetz .  While it is true that Sessions promised the Senate, during his confirmation hearings, that he would recuse himself from any investigation surrounding Russia and the election, it does not logically follow that Sessions must also recuse himself from appointing others who might perform such investigations.


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When he was appointed Attorney General, Jeff Sessions was hailed by most Americans as a righteous choice by President Trump.  The people had faith in him to do the right things to protect the Constitution and the Rule of Law.  But Mr. Sessions’ curious behavior with regard to investigating government corruption has been a source of great consternation among the American people, who wish to have the Equal Protection Clause of the US Constitution enforced.  Americans wish to see an end to the Deep State corruption that pervades a Department of Justice that refuses to prosecute politicians for their crimes against the American people, simply because the attorney general refuses to act in accordance with American laws and traditions.  Americans are sick of do-nothing attorneys general—such as Eric Holder, who refused to prosecute anyone for anything having to do with the culture of numerous scandals under Obama, including but not limited to the Fast and Furious, IRS Targeting of Conservatives, or NSA Illegal Wiretapping scandals; or such as Loretta Lynch, whose infamous secret meeting with Bill Clinton on an airport tarmac precipitated Comey’s finding of “nothing wrong here” with regard to Hillary’s Mishandling of Classified Emails Scandal.


The American people are used to seeing the mendacity of the Left daily in how Obama weaponized the federal bureaucracy against conservative Americans and are too accustomed to being vilified by a Hillary Clinton who sees conservative Americans as “Delorables” and views her greatest enemies as being Republicans!  For those who missed her comment, due to the Hollywood media’s planned ignoring and commonplace failure to report real news, what happened was this: Anderson Cooper asked Hillary Clinton, “Which enemy that you made during your political career are you most proud of?” to which Hillary Clinton responded, “Well, in addition to the NRA, the health insurance companies, the drug companies, the Iranians; probably the Republicans.”  (This is stunning, since every presidential candidate in America’s political history up until Hillary Clinton has always considered his or her opponents the loyal opposition—not “enemies”!)


Americans are used to seeing the Democrats’ double-standards promoted by their Hollywood-media propaganda machine on a daily basis—treating a mere cover-up (such as occurred with the Watergate burglary) with all the seriousness of a high crime, since the perpetrator was a Republican president, but failing even to report on the high crime of treason that was perpetrated by a Democrat secretary of state (such as happened in the Uranium One Scandal).   Hillary Clinton’s reckless disregard for the safety of the American people allowed her to accept $145 million in exchange for her approval of the sale of 20% of American uranium to Vladimir Putin’s front company, Rosatom.  And what makes this all the more heinous is the fact that the former secretary of state, after perpetrating this pay-for-play deal, had the nerve to use phony information, generated by a company in her employ, to target a rival presidential campaign by using government surveillance of people working for that campaign, in hopes of gaining political advantage that might have helped her win the White House.  And on top of all that, she then had the nerve to accuse her political opponent of collusion with Russia!


What Is Treason under US Law?

Here is what Article Three, Section Three, of the US Constitution has to say on the topic of treason: “Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort.  No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.”  So, while there is little question as to whether selling uranium to Russia has succeeded in giving Vladimir Putin “aid and comfort,” the remaining question is whether or not Russia is an “enemy” of the United States.


Clinton’s Own Words Paint Russia as an Enemy

Secretary Clinton herself has repeatedly, and with great fervor, called out Russia as an enemy: “Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton has said Russia is an enemy and said it was responsible for the hacking of Democratic National Committee computers,” according to the Hindustan Times.  And Newsweek reports that Secretary Clinton has stated “the United States would not tolerate [interference in US elections] from any other country, especially one [like Russia] considered an adversary, she said.”


Rosatom: The Reason Americans Are Appalled by Sessions’ Recusal

In 2010, the Russian nuclear agency, Rosatom, was allowed to acquire a 51% controlling interest in Uranium One, a Canadian-based mining company with holdings in the United States.  On June 8, 2010, Uranium One announced it had an agreement to assign 51% of its holdings to JSC Atomredmetzoloto, which is the mining division of Rosatom.  These holdings added up to 20% of US production capacity at the time the deal was struck.


Secretary of State Hillary Clinton served on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (also known as CFIUS—pronounced “SEE-FUSS”) at the time that the committee unanimously approved the 20% sale.  The recent revelation of hard evidence that Russian officials funneled millions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation before the deal was approved has cast a shadow upon the former secretary of state that puts her and her former-president husband in the company of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, who were guilty of selling nuclear secrets to the Soviet Union.  Former president Bill Clinton also accepted a huge speaking fee from the Russians during this time.  “Bill Clinton is paid $500,000 for a speech in Moscow by a Russian investment bank with ties to the Kremlin that assigned a buy rating to Uranium One stock,” according to the New York Times.  While it is true that the Rosatom sale was not about government secrets, uranium’s importance as a strategic element—in the context of its being sold to a foreign nuclear power regarded as an enemy—cannot be minimized.


The Hill has pointed out that The Washington Post’s fact-checker site stated, “We have noted repeatedly that extracted uranium could not be exported by Russia without a license, which Rosatom does not have,” . . . linking to the 2011 Barrasso letter.  Yet NRC [Nuclear Regulatory Commission] memos reviewed by The Hill “show that it did approve the shipment of yellowcake uranium—the raw material used to make nuclear fuel and weapons—from the Russian-owned mines in the United States to Canada in 2012 through a third party.  Later, the Obama administration approved some of that uranium going all the way to Europe, government documents show.  NRC officials said they could not disclose the total amount of uranium that Uranium One exported because the information is proprietary.”


Hillary’s Defenders

Hillary’s defenders are quick to point out that CFIUS technically cannot stop the sale of a company like Uranium One, that they can only approve the sale.  Only the President of the United States can actually stop the sale.


But the way this technicality is being held up as a justifiable defense of Hillary Clinton is bogus at best.  The truth is that the president would normally prevent such a transaction from occurring, upon recommendation of the secretary of state or of some other member of CFIUS.  So, while Hillary did not technically give away one-fifth of America’s uranium at the time of the Uranium One sale, she did act to facilitate the sale by not objecting to it.  The quid pro quo of Russian money to purchase Hillary’s sin of omission does not improve matters.  And the fact that President Obama did not act to stop the sale only makes matters worse, not better, since it implicates the President of the United States as being complicit in the Clintons’ treasonous plan to harm America by allowing the Russians to put American lives at risk—which is what automatically is assumed to have occurred when a deadly weapon, or an important component part thereof, is delivered to one of America’s enemies.


A Congressional Investigation Is Launched

Representative Devin Nunes, Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, has announced a new Congressional investigation centered on the Uranium One Scandal.  “It’s important that we find out why that deal went through,” said Representative Peter King of New York, according to Fox News.  And it looks as if Ron DeSantis, a Florida Republican Congressman, will use Congressional subpoena powers to gain access to an FBI informant recently released by the Department of Justice from some manner of nondisclosure agreement to which he was bound until recently.


The Department of Justice Must Investigate Uranium One

But the Congressional investigation is political in nature, and what is truly needed is a serious looking-into of the matter by the DOJ, in order to facilitate charges being brought before a grand jury.  After all, if treason has been perpetrated against the good citizens of the United States, if aid and comfort has been given to America’s enemies, those who are guilty of it must be brought to justice.  If they are not, the probability only increases that such dangerous behavior will once again find expression in the Swamp that is the District of Columbia.  And, the next time it occurs, the immediate results could be much worse.  In this particular case, there is no way to know the extent to which Hillary’s collusion with the Russians might still harm the American people.


Can Sessions Protect America from Enemies, Both Foreign & Domestic?

Has the Attorney General of the United States seen too deeply into the Swamp?  And did the Swamp look back into him?  Has he been on the receiving end of a threatening wee-hours phone call?  It seems almost unimaginable that Mr. Sessions has actually become corrupt himself, that he has morphed into one of the very Swamp monsters he has made such a name for himself by fighting.


However, if Jeff Sessions is not up to the job of attorney general, for whatever the reason, then it is high time for Mr. Sessions to turn in his badge.  If Mr. Sessions has a problem doing this, then perhaps it is time for President Trump to ask for the resignation of the Attorney General of the United States.

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