Today, following a House Intelligence Committee closed-door meeting with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the committee’s ranking Democrat, Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA), relayed a disturbing exchange that sheds new light on allegations that President Trump sought to impede the government’s investigations of Russian influence in the 2016 campaign.
“I asked the attorney general whether he was ever instructed by the president to take any action that he believed would hinder the Russia investigation,” Schiff told reporters, “and he declined to answer the question.”
Schiff expressed serious concern that Sessions could not answer such a straight forward question, adding, “If the president did not instruct him to take any action that he believed would hinder the Russia investigation, he should say so.”
“If the president did instruct him to hinder the investigation in any way,” he continued, “in my view, that would be a potentially criminal act and certainly not covered by any privilege.”
Sessions for his part has consistently refused to relay any details of his conversations with Trump, and his spokeswoman, Sarah Isgur Flores, emphasized that in her boss’ defense.
But the cloak and dagger approach to justice from the nation’s top lawyer, one who himself has been accused of multiple instances of perjury, is cause for alarm. Aside from what appears to be a tacit admission of guilt, Sessions is raising a veil over what should be the open workings of our nation’s leaders, shielding himself and Trump from public scrutiny.
This latest snapshot of Trump and Session’s apathetic attitude toward legal safeguards and public interest is consistent with the lawless, self-serving picture they have painted from day one. And it provides the latest evidence of why it is so important that the American people elect leaders in 2018 who will hold them accountable.