Life in the dead end

Ses­sions’ in­ter­roga­tors draw an­other blank in pur­suit of proof of a Rus­sian sell-out

The Washington Times Daily - - EDITORIAL -

The Democrats are ad­dicted to cot­ton candy, and there’s no scarcity of cot­ton candy on the Wash­ing­ton mid­way. But once some­one bites into a cloud of cot­ton candy, the cloud dis­solves in a flash, leav­ing only a splash of goo.

At­ty­or­ney Gen­eral Jeff Ses­sions an­swered ques­tions again Tues­day about his re­la­tions, such as they are, with “the Rus­sians,” and once more there was no hint of sugar but lots of Demo­cratic goo.

The Democrats on the U.S. Se­nate In­tel­li­gence Com­mit­tee drew an­other blank, and at the end of the day the ques­tions were stale and the an­swers were nec­es­sar­ily te­dious. The Demo­cratic sen­a­tors con­tin­ued to pur­sue the idea that Don­ald Trump sold out Amer­ica to the Rus­sians, and once more the dead end yielded noth­ing but more hopeful spec­u­la­tion.

Mr. Ses­sions, whose pa­tient, po­lite South­ern de­meanor for once yielded to right­eous anger, called the sugges­tion that he col­luded with the Rus­sians “a de­testable lie.” Some­times pa­tience col­lects no re­ward.

“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 had ear­lier said he re­called meet­ing Rus­sian Am­bas­sador Sergey Kislyak on two oc­ca­sions while he was a sen­a­tor from Alabama, and Tues­day said he did not re­call a third meet­ing, which Democrats sug­gested oc­curred at the Mayflower Ho­tel in down­town Wash­ing­ton in April 2016 when Mr. Ses­sions was there for a for­eign-pol­icy speech by Don­ald Trump.

“I did not have any pri­vate meet­ings, nor do I re­call any con­ver­sa­tions with any Rus­sians of­fi­cials at the Mayflower Ho­tel,” he tes­ti­fied Tues­day. “I may have had an en­counter dur­ing the re­cep­tion, but that would have been the ex­tent of any com­mu­ni­ca­tion.”

In­deed, gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials and for­eign diplo­mats of­ten meet at such re­cep­tions. That’s what sen­a­tors and am­bas­sadors do, “in­ter-act” over the ta­ble with shrimps and other del­i­ca­cies, and nei­ther a sen­a­tor nor an am­bas­sador can be ex­pected to re­mem­ber whether he speared one shrimp, or two or even three, while ex­chang­ing pleas­antries with whomever he meets there. (The cau­li­flower flo­rets and cheese balls en­crusted with pecan bits are usu­ally de­li­cious at such re­cep­tions, too.)

Sen­a­tors asked again about James Comey’s ac­count of a meet­ing in the Oval Of­fice, when Pres­i­dent Trump dis­missed Mr. Ses­sions and oth­ers and asked Mr. Comey to stay be­hind. “My sense was the at­tor­ney gen­eral knew he shouldn’t be leav­ing, which is why he was lin­ger­ing.” This was the meet­ing, Mr. Comey tes­ti­fied ear­lier, when the pres­i­dent asked him to go easy in a FBI in­ves­ti­ga­tion of Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn, the pres­i­dent’s first na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser.

“I was stand­ing there and with­out re­veal­ing any con­ver­sa­tion that took place, what I do re­call is, I did de­part. I be­lieve ev­ery­one else did de­part and Di­rec­tor Comey was stand­ing in front of the pres­i­dent’s desk and they were talk­ing. That is in it­self not prob­lem­atic.”

Of course it isn’t, ex­cept in the Demo­cratic fan­tasies of de­stroy­ing a pres­i­dent by any means nec­es­sary. So far, with all the huff­ing, puff­ing, burp­ing and squawk­ing, there’s been no ev­i­dence of sell-out, to Rus­sia, Up­per Volta, Lower Slob­bovia, or any­where else. But by Demo­cratic logic, the fact that no ev­i­dence has been found is proof that the ev­i­dence is still to be dis­cov­ered. The pur­suit of par­ti­san fu­til­ity con­tin­ues.

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