Wednesday, November 15, 2017

“I had no recollection of this meeting until I saw these news reports.”

That was Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Many criminal defendants have (wrongfully) been prosecuted for 1001 violations (false statements) or obstruction for similar statements. One senator made this point to the Attorney General:

As Democrats repeatedly put heat on Mr. Sessions over the evolution of his testimony before Congress, Representative Hakeem Jeffries, Democrat of New York, invoked an unexpected ostensible ally: Senator Jeff Sessions.
Holding up a speech he said Mr. Sessions had given on the Senate floor during the proceedings to remove President Bill Clinton from office, Mr. Jeffries said Mr. Sessions had then justified his vote for removal by saying that he would not hold the president to a different standard than a young police officer he had prosecuted years before for lying under oath.
“You stated that you refused to hold a president accountable to a different standard than the young police officer who you prosecuted,” Mr. Jeffries said. “Let me be clear: The attorney general of the United States of America should not be held to a different standard than the young police officer whose life you ruined by prosecuting him for perjury.”
Mr. Sessions vehemently disagreed with the comparison, repeatedly calling Mr. Jeffries suggestion “unfair.” “Mr. Jeffries, nobody, nobody, not you or anyone else should be prosecuted, not be accused of perjury for answering the question the way I did in this hearing,” Mr. Sessions said. “I have always tried to answer the questions fairly and accurately.”


Rumpole said...

How many cases did Sessions try before he became AG?

What about Jeffries? How many did he try before he went to Congress?

Anonymous said...

Plead the fifth. That's what normally gets democrats off the hook

Anonymous said...


Or eight separate congressional investigations costing taxpayers $8-$10 BILLION dollars and resulting in a 700-page report that leads to the inevitable conclusion that:
drum roll, please --
nothing happened.

Anonymous said...

Why do you say "wrongly" prosecuted? You mean unfairly? Or they were innocent? IMO if you can convince a jury beyond a reasonable doubt someone willfully lied, it wouldn't qualify as as someone "wrongly" prosecuted.

How does this statement compare to false statements by Comey and Clapper, in your opinion?

Anonymous said...

For the most part, no public officials are prosecuted for testifying falsely. Locally, cops are caught lying under oath and cases are dismissed because of those lies. Yet the prosecutors continue to bring cases with those same officers.

Anonymous said...

L'il Kim
Barry Bonds
People have been convicted for less than the lies that spewed out of Jeff Sessions' mouth.