Jeff Sessions gets angry and loses composure when Senator points out he’s lying

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.

Sessions is continuing his public testimony on live national television, and it’s expected to continue for at least another hour. Follow Palmer Report on Facebook and Twitter.

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  1. Birdpond on June 13, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    He is so obviously trying to run the clock out when he is under pressure – He rambles on until they run out of time. I think he even laughed when the last one (I forget her name, I’m listening with one ear and working too), who had been trying to just get simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answers, wasn’t able to continue her questioning because of his rambling.

    I smell a rat –

  2. April H Center on June 13, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    Sessions pulled same stunt that IC pulled last week – we don’t have legal reason not to answer your questions, but we don’t want to, so we won’t. It took NSA Mike Rogers (who was snotty, snarky and obnoxious last week) a week before he testified in closed session. Sessions’ recused himself, apparently, except when he didn’t. My thought is that Trump and Sessions thought Dems would approve Comey’s firing if it was for Hillary, and also because it was before Trump was POTUS-elect or POTUS. They also thought no one would worry about Sessions’ recusal because he wasn’t AG at the time. Wrong in so many ways.

  3. Claudia on June 13, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    Rock on Wyden!
    I wonder how many times he could recall, don’t remember ,etc etc etc
    Simply a copout.
    It was interesting how Session used excective privilege and couldn’t explain it well.
    And no closed door sessions? Hum?

  4. Damien on June 13, 2017 at 8:48 pm

    Jeff Sessions refused to answer questions in his testimony on the basis that it could infringe on the President’s right to exert his executive privilege. This despite the fact that the principle never seems to have been used before by a public servant and if allowed could have the effect of forestalling them answering any questions from any Congressional inquiry should they so choose. Sessions could not point to any law or policy document justifying such a stance.

    He could have as equally insanely refused to answer questions on the basis that it might have infringed Trump’s right to exercise his 5th Amendment rights in any Congressional hearing. It was absurd.

    But I think the best analogy here is spousal privilege. Sessions was in effect asserting that all Executive branch employees are the spouses of the President and hence cannot be forced to give testimony against him. Never mind that real spouses can waive that privilege if they so choose. No, Sessions asserts — we are all Brides of Trump.

    Talk about a farce.This ‘spousal’ defence should have been knocked on the head by the Inquiry Chairman. Sessions should have been told to cite the relevant law or be held in contempt.

  5. Douglas Blowe on June 13, 2017 at 10:16 pm

    Let him keep lying in public–just adds years to his sentence

  6. Rob Walker on June 15, 2017 at 10:29 am

    Once a LIAR, always a LIAR.
    Lousy rotten turd!

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