On Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions spent two stress-filled hours testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee about a handful of issues all revolving around President Trump, the Russians, and former FBI Director James Comey.
The hearing was raucous from the get-go as Sessions used his opening statement to hammer away at members of the media and the Democrat Party who have all but accused the former Senator from Alabama of treason and of undermining our democratic principles. Sessions argued that there was not one bit of evidence that he had conducted himself inappropriately, and there was even less of evidence that he had worked with the Russians to undermine the 2016 election.
Sessions had predictably testy exchanges with Senators Feinstein (D-CA), Wyden (D-OR), Warner (D-VA), and Harris (D-CA), but none of those Senators were able to present an ounce of evidence that Sessions had done anything wrong. Feinstein grew irritated with the Attorney General when he refused to reveal the substance of private and confidential meetings between he and President Trump. Harris was on the edge of insanity as she peppered Sessions with questions and then refused to let him respond. The situation was so out of control that her fellow Senators had to step in and demand that she allow Sessions to finish his sentences. (This led to the predictable liberal response that her Republican colleagues were racist “mansplainers.”)
All in all, Sessions did a wonderful job in defending his honor and in undermining the leftist attacks on the Trump administration.
In the midst of all the breathless fulminations from both sides, Sessions was a model of decorum. He was cordial and respectful, but firm and unyielding; he was as forthcoming as possible on all matters on which he thought he was rightly allowed to be forthcoming, and also quite open about why he could not be forthcoming on others…
“I think Jeff Sessions helped himself quite a bit,” said John King on CNN just after the hearing ended.
King continued by saying that Sessions particularly came across well in explaining that in effect he had recused himself from the Russian investigation some two weeks before he formally announced his decision to do so. Knowing that recusal might be required, Sessions showed integrity by taking the extra step of anticipating the recusal so as not to compromise either himself or the investigation in the meantime.
King is right. Everything Sessions did was in concert with both the letter and the spirit of the law and of internal Justice Department rules.
Watch the fireworks for yourself below: