We now know who asked that former Senator Jeff Sessions be investigated for perjuring himself before a U.S. Senate committee, and it shows just how dishonest Trump’s Attorney General has been with Congress and his fellow Americans.
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There are also troubling new questions about Sessions’ role in firing Andrew McCabe one week ago, on orders from President Trump, only two days before the Deputy FBI Director’s pension was to vest after 21 years of dedicated service.
This new information comes from former Senator Al Franken who has finally broken his silence after his abrupt resignation in January.
Writing on his Facebook page, Franken for the first time revealed that he and Sen. Pat Leahy (D-VT) sent a letter to the FBI asking them to investigate Sessions after what they believed were his multiple false statements while under oath about his dealings with Russia during and after the Trump presidential campaign.
That FBI investigation was started under then-FBI Director James Comey and led by his deputy Andrew McCabe.
In his FB post, Franken charges Sessions repeatedly spoke under oath with a “lack of candor,” which ironically is the excuse he used to fire McCabe.
“Jeff Sessions has repeatedly demonstrated a lack of candor – under oath – about his own interactions with Russians,” wrote Franken, who then went into a recitation of some of the times he believes Sessions was less than forthcoming in his testimony and statements.
During Sessions confirmation hearing before a Senate panel on which Franken spoke, he recalls asking the then-Senator from Alabama about a CNN report that had just broken about ongoing exchanges of information between the Trump campaign and Russians.
“SESSIONS: ‘Senator Franken, I am not aware of any of those activities. I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign and I didn’t have – did not have communications with the Russians, and I’m unable to comment on it.’”
“That turned out to be false,” adds Franken. “Then-Senator Sessions had, in fact, met with Russian ambassador Kislyak at least three times during the 2016 campaign.
After that, Sessions was called back to testify again and again but, writes Franken, but “try as he might, he just couldn’t manage to set the record straight.”
Instead, Sessions repeatedly denied he had any communications with the Russians to discuss the campaign, continues Franken, and also denied knowledge of any other Trump campaign surrogates who spoke to Russians even though a number of cases had come to light involving Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, Paul Manfort and others.
When Franken learned last week that Sessions had fired McCabe, he immediately recognized the irony in the reasons Sessions provided.
“That the attorney general would fire the man who was tasked with investigating him raises serious questions about whether retaliation or retribution motivated his decision,” writes Franken.
“It also raises serious questions about his supposed recusal from all matters stemming from the 2016 campaign. But the fact that Attorney General Sessions would claim that a ‘lack of candor’ justified Mr. McCabe’s termination is hypocrisy at its worst.”
Franken’s strong clear smart and sane voice is clearly missed in the Senate and in America, but it is clear that he still has the same brilliance that he once exhibited, but now it is left to be heard from outside the halls of Congress.
Read his entire post here: