Attorney General Jeff Sessions may lose his license to practice law over his participation in the firing of former FBI Director James Comey.
In a column for the Washington Post, conservative author Jennifer Rubin reminded readers that in early March, Sessions recused himself from the Department of Justice’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia throughout the 2016 election, given his position as a Trump campaign surrogate while he was the senior U.S. Senator from Alabama.
“During the course of the last several weeks, I have met with the relevant senior career Department officials to discuss whether I should recuse myself from any matters arising from the campaigns for president of the United States,” Sessions said at the time. “Having concluded those meetings today, I have decided to recuse myself from any existing or future investigations of any matters related in any way to the campaigns for President of the United States.”
However, despite his recusal, Sessions is documented as having recommended Comey’s firing to President Trump, and was apparently tasked with coming up with reasons to fire Comey roughly a week prior to his firing, according to the New York Times. Legal ethics expert Norman Eisen told Rubin that if the reports of Sessions playing a role in Comey’s firing despite his earlier recusal are true, it would be a serious breach of legal ethics that may warrant his disbarment and/or resignation from the nation’s top legal post.
“Someone could file a bar complaint, and/or one with DOJ’s office of professional responsibility, if Sessions had a conflict of interest when it came to the firing decision, and if he did not follow the ethics rules,” Eisen said. “The fact that he broke his recusal commitment, if he did, would be relevant context, and violating an agreement can sometimes in itself be an ethics violation.”
Rubin then laid out the devastating case for the impeachment of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General:
“[W]e have overwhelming evidence that the reason for the firing was not his handling of the Hillary Clinton email matter. Saying it was not about Russia constitutes a lie, part of an effort to interfere with the investigation. Firing the lead investigator to slow the investigation appears to be designed “to influence, obstruct, or impede the due and proper administration of the law under which any pending proceeding.”
Senator Kamala Harris (D-California) has called for Sessions to resign over his role in the Comey firing.
Tom Cahill is a senior editor for the Resistance Report based in the Pacific Northwest. He specializes in coverage of political, economic, and environmental news. You can contact him via email at [email protected]m, or follow him on Facebook by clicking here.