During his congressional testimony on Tuesday afternoon, Attorney General Jeff Sessions couldn’t seem to get his story straight with regard to his recusal from the investigation into Donald Trump’s Russia investigation. He falsely insisted that his decision to participate in the firing of FBI Director James Comey had nothing to do with the Russia investigation that Comey was leading. And that led one Senator to go hard after him.
As Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon continued to push Jeff Sessions for the truth about Comey’s firing, Sessions became visibly flustered, at one point losing his composure and dropping his usual phony gentle demeanor in favor of pure anger. After Sessions finished being dishonest about his recusal, Wyden politely called Sessions a liar by asserting “that answer, in my view, doesn’t pass the smell test.”
Things have been going poorly for Jeff Sessions during his testimony thus far in general. He committed perjury in his opening statement by insisting he never had a private meeting with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, even though it’s widely documented that he did (link). Sessions also refused to answer several questions while insisting that he was not invoking executive privilege, which led Senator Martin Heinrich of New Mexico to accuse Sessions of obstruction.
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