The invective being heaped on Jeff Sessions by democrats is astounding. Democrats are spitting out words like "perjury" and "treason" as part of their plan to cripple the Trump administration. Recusal not being enough, Pelosi called for Sessions to resign.
For the record, Jeff Sessions did not commit perjury.
The criminal law only prohibits lying to Congress under two statutes — 18 USC 1621 ands 18 USC 1001. Section 1621 requires a person “willfully and contrary” to a sworn oath “subscribe a material matter” which is both false and the person knows to be false. Section 1001 is basically the same, without certain tribunal prerequisites: it also requires the government prove a person willfully made a materially false statement. This requires three elements: first, a false statement; second, the false statement be “material”; and third, the false statement be made “knowingly” and “willfully.” A statement is not false if it can be interpreted in an innocent manner. A statement is not material if it is not particularly relevant to the subject of the inquiry. Willfully is a very high standard of proof: it requires the person know they are committing the crime, and do so anyway. None of the three exist as to Sessions.Sessions did not lie. Period. Al Franken did not ask the simple question- "Did you discuss the Trump campaign in your meetings with the Russians over the last year?" Instead, he asked an intentionally ambiguous question which made an answer complicated so that the response could be used a weapon to later bludgeon Sessions.
It's not the first time Franken has made an ass of himself. Far from it.
Now, note the title to this interview:
"Attorney General under fire over Russia meetings" Hmm It's time to examine Newton's Third Law of Politics: for every action, there is at least an equal and opposite reaction. If one is come under fire for Russia meetings....then let's bring the fire.
Here's Chuck Schumer serving up a helping of his good friend Vladimir Putin
Dianne Feinstein is thick with the Russians
Barack Obama met with his Russian handlers at least 22 times in the White House.
Sen. Clarie McCaskill flat out lied about meeting with the Russians.
Hillary Clinton is up to her server with the Russians. Even HuffPoo asserts that the Russians hold a sword of Damocles over the Clinton's.
From where I sit, it appears that the democrat party is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Russian state.
About that lying to Congress thing- Sessions did not lie. Then again, lying has been a cottage industry for democrats over the last eight years.
obama lied endlessly about health care, red lines and bad intel.
Eric Holder made a career of lying to Congress.
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