Mr. Ses­sions’s re­cusal

The Washington Post Sunday - - SUNDAY OPINION -

Re­gard­ing the March 3 front-page pack­age “Ses­sions re­cuses self in Rus­sia probe”:

It is not enough for At­tor­ney Gen­eral Jeff Ses­sions to re­cuse him­self from an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the con­nec­tion be­tween the Trump cam­paign and Rus­sia. Any in­ves­ti­ga­tion must be con­ducted by an in­de­pen­dent pros­e­cu­tor. In fact, Mr. Ses­sions him­self helped make this ar­gu­ment af­ter Bill Clin­ton met with then-At­tor­ney Gen­eral Loretta E. Lynch on an air­port tar­mac dur­ing the pres­i­den­tial cam­paign. Ac­cord­ing to a Nov. 5 op-ed for that Mr. Ses­sions co-wrote with Rudy Gi­u­liani and oth­ers: “The ap­pro­pri­ate re­sponse when the sub­ject mat­ter is pub­lic and it arises in a highly-charged po­lit­i­cal at­mos­phere is for the At­tor­ney Gen­eral to ap­point a Spe­cial Coun­sel of great pub­lic stature and in­dis­putable in­de­pen­dence to as­sure the pub­lic the mat­ter will be han­dled with­out par­ti­san­ship.” Is the sub­ject mat­ter of the Trump team’s Rus­sia con­nec­tion pub­lic? Yes. Is it play­ing out in a highly charged po­lit­i­cal at­mos­phere? Yes. Should this most im­por­tant of mat­ters — the at­tempt by a for­eign power to in­ter­fere with our elec­tion and our demo­cratic process — be han­dled with­out par­ti­san­ship? Un­doubt­edly.

Katie Ba­con, Wash­ing­ton

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