Gloves are off

HURT: Ses­sions blasts for­mer Se­nate col­leagues for sham in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The Washington Times Daily - - FRONT PAGE - BY CHARLES HURT Charles Hurt can be reached at churt@wash­ing­ton­ and on Twit­ter by @charleshurt.

No more Mr. Nice Guy. At­tor­ney Gen­eral Jeff Ses­sions came out swing­ing Tues­day, blast­ing his for­mer col­leagues in the U.S. Se­nate for their sham in­ves­ti­ga­tion into these loony ac­cu­sa­tions that some­how Mr. Ses­sions con­spired with Rus­sians to rig last year’s elec­tion.

The ever-courtly Mr. Ses­sions ripped Sen. Al Franken, cur­rent Min­nesota Demo­crat and for­mer “co­me­dian,” for his “ram­bling” ques­tion dur­ing Mr. Ses­sions’ Jan­uary con­fir­ma­tion hear­ings that sparked a feed­ing frenzy among the Demo­cratic dodo birds des­per­ate to find the slen­der­est reed of a con­nec­tion be­tween Rus­sia and any­one who has ever sup­ported Pres­i­dent Trump.

With pre­ci­sion and ac­cu­racy Tues­day, Mr. Ses­sions noted how Mr. Franken had larded his ques­tion with bam­boo­zling charges about “com­pro­mis­ing per­sonal in­for­ma­tion” the Rus­sians had sup­pos­edly col­lected about Mr. Trump.

The “Satur­day Night Live” sketch ac­tor as­serted “there was a con­tin­u­ing ex­change of in­for­ma­tion dur­ing the cam­paign be­tween Trump sur­ro­gates and in­ter­me­di­aries for the Rus­sian gov­ern­ment.”

Fi­nally, Mr. Franken got down to his ques­tion: What would Mr. Ses­sions do — as at­tor­ney gen­eral — if ev­i­dence ever ac­tu­ally sur­faced sug­gest­ing that the Trump cam­paign re­ally had con­spired with the Rus­sian gov­ern­ment to rig the Amer­i­can elec­tion.

Blind­sided, yet still ea­ger to be forth­com­ing and truth­ful, Mr. Ses­sions sim­ply an­swered that he was not aware of any such con­spir­acy.

In his con­fir­ma­tion hear­ing, Mr. Ses­sions an­swered Mr. Franken’s ques­tion truth­fully and ac­cu­rately. Iron­i­cally, it was ev­ery core as­ser­tion in Mr. Franken’s ques­tion that has since been proven ut­terly false or en­tirely unfounded.

In Tues­day’s tes­ti­mony, Mr. Ses­sions ex­co­ri­ated — in a voice that ap­peared qua­ver­ing with anger at times — those who are know­ingly dis­tort­ing plain and sim­ple events into this vast web of con­spir­acy.

“The sugges­tion that I par­tic­i­pated in any col­lu­sion or that I was aware of any col­lu­sion with the Rus­sian gov­ern­ment to hurt this coun­try, which I have served with honor for over 35 years, or to un­der­mine the in­tegrity of our demo­cratic process, is an ap­palling and de­testable lie,” he said, look­ing sharply at the sen­a­tors he worked along­side for the past two decades.

He also re­minded the com­mit­tee that — de­spite the un­re­lent­ing lies by Democrats and the me­dia — the at­tor­ney gen­eral NEVER re­cused him­self from the Trump-Rus­sia in­ves­ti­ga­tion be­cause of some phan­tom ties he had to Rus­sia, but rather be­cause he was part of Mr. Trump’s pres­i­den­tial cam­paign.

De­fi­antly adding this: “I re­cused my­self from any in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the cam­paigns for pres­i­dent, but I did not re­cuse my­self from de­fend­ing my honor against scur­rilous and false ac­cu­sa­tions.”

Mr. Ses­sions even went so far as to gen­tly ridicule his for­mer col­leagues for fo­cus­ing on such petty, po­lit­i­cal and triv­ial non­sense at a time when far more press­ing mat­ters should be oc­cu­py­ing their full at­ten­tion.

“Just last week, it was re­ported that over­dose deaths in this coun­try are ris­ing faster than ever recorded,” he said. “The mur­der rate is up over 10 per­cent — the largest in­crease since 1968.”

Yet, there they were. Democrats and Repub­li­cans, alike, united in bi­par­ti­san in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Rus­sians un­der ev­ery bed and around ev­ery cor­ner and a hope­less, slob­ber­ing me­dia chas­ing wildly af­ter ev­ery last unfounded ac­cu­sa­tion.

In a re­minder to Democrats on the com­mit­tee why po­lit­i­cal neo­phyte Don­ald Trump beat their vet­eran can­di­date in last year’s elec­tion, Mr. Ses­sions pointed out that, yet again, Congress has aban­doned the Amer­i­can peo­ple.

“The pres­i­dent wants to fo­cus on the peo­ple of this coun­try to en­sure they are treated fairly and kept safe,” he said. “The Trump agenda is to im­prove the lives of the Amer­i­can peo­ple. I know some have other agen­das, but that is his agenda and it is one I share.”

If only those in Congress had the po­lit­i­cal in­stincts or no­ble states­man­ship of Pres­i­dent Trump, we just might get some­thing done around here.


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