When Jeff Sessions heads into his nationally televised Senate testimony today, the choices he makes and the answers he provides will define how history remembers him. He could do the right thing, helping to salvage his own legacy and the sanctity of the United States in the process. Or he could do the wrong but loyal thing by helping out a guilty friend. But he’s already shown us that he’s not going to do either one, because he’s a coward.
Donald Trump elevated Jeff Sessions to the position of Attorney General for one reason: so that Sessions could protect him from the Russia scandal in which they both conspired. But at the very first sign of trouble, when Sessions got caught lying under oath about his Russia role, he all but immediately recused himself from the investigation in the hope that the Senate wouldn’t come after him for perjury. Sessions turned out to be too much of a coward to carry out the backstop duty he’d been given when Trump appointed him.
But lest anyone think Jeff Sessions may have recused himself because it was the right thing to do, look no further than when Donald Trump began trying to obstruct the Russia investigation by leaning on FBI Director James Comey. What did Sessions do? Nothing, one way or the other. Because he’s a coward. And when Trump made the extraordinarily wrong move of firing Comey? Sessions once again did nothing – because he’s a coward.
So when Jeff Sessions heads into his testimony today, his moment in the history books will be defined by what he’s not willing to do. Sessions won’t do the right thing and rat out Donald Trump for his crimes. Sessions won’t do the loyal thing and defend Trump either. Instead, Sessions will give the kind of noncommittal answers, aimed only at protecting himself, that have defined him from start to finish as nothing more than a coward. If you’re a regular reader, feel free to support Palmer Report.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report