Using Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s own standards, he should be removed from office for committing the “high crime” of lying under oath.
Sessions is in hot water because he apparently got caught committing an act of perjury in his testimony during his confirmation hearings. Asked whether he would recuse himself on matters relating to investigations on Trump’s campaign connections to Russia, Sessions said that he himself has “been called a surrogate” for Trump’s campaign at times, “and I didn’t have communications with the Russians.”
Sessions did in fact meet with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian Ambassador, twice in 2016 during the campaign. In an official statement, Sessions has backtracked on what he said during his confirmation hearings.
Statement from Attorney General Sessions: pic.twitter.com/kZic12DW0R
— Sarah Isgur Flores (@whignewtons) March 2, 2017
Sessions also claims that he met with the ambassador because of his role on the Senate Armed Services Committee, but no one else on the committee had met with Kislyak during that same time period, including John McCain, who chairs the committee.
No one else on the Senate Armed Services Committee said they met with Kislyak last year. pic.twitter.com/Ni5jGoWXVk
— Steven Ginsberg (@stevenjay) March 2, 2017
The act of perjury is considered an impeachable offense, and Sessions could be in big trouble for lying to the Senate committee when he was being confirmed. Sessions himself called perjury a “big-time” issue during the impeachment of President Bill Clinton, and believed his vote for removal of the president was reasonable. Clinton was acquitted and served the remainder of his term in office.
“I have no doubt that perjury qualifies under the Constitution as a high crime. It goes to the heart of the judicial system,” Sessions said in that time in justifying his vote for conviction.
Clinton lied under oath about an extramarital affair. Some have noted, however, that Sessions’s lie about whether he met with the Russians or not during the presidential campaign may be more substantial and worrisome than what Clinton did.
Here is Sessions justifying voting to convict Bill Clinton for perjury. But I'm pretty sure lying about Russia is worse than blow job lies. https://t.co/o1orbOEa2Q
— The Rude Pundit (@rudepundit) March 2, 2017
Chris Walker has been writing about political issues for the past decade, including for sites such as Elite Daily, AMERICAblog, and Mic. You can follow him on Twitter @thatchriswalker.