President Donald Trump’s racist Attorney General Jeff Sessions is facing a criminal complaint filed over the weekend. Sessions is accused of perjury and obstruction of justice after lying about his meetings with Russian operatives and attempting to block the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
The lawsuit is brought by 23 citizens from California, Maine, Massachusetts, Oregon, and Vermont.
When testifying during his confirmation hearing, Sessions explicitly stated that he had not had any contact with Russian officials during Trump’s campaign. Sessions was heavily involved in the campaign and allegations were coming out that members of the campaign team had been meeting with Russian operatives.
Sessions testified under oath:
“Senator Franken, I am not aware of any of those activities. I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in [the Trump] campaign, and I did not have communications with the Russians, and I am unable to comment on it.”
The lawsuit goes on to claim,
Sessions’ claim that he did not have communications with the Russians was false, incorrect and misleading because he in fact had communications with Kislyak, the Russian ambassador, on at least two occasions during the election campaign.
Sessions’ false, misleading and incorrect testimony concerned events that were recent, controversial and memorable. His testimony related to events that were within his own personal knowledge and experience.
There is no excuse for Sessions’ false statements under oath. The lawsuit continues to explain how Sessions engaged in further criminal conduct in an attempt to conceal his first criminal act of perjury.
After giving false, deceitful, dishonest, fraudulent and misleading testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sessions participated in a cover-up of his criminal conduct in an effort to obstruct and impede the proper administration of the Department of Justice.
Sessions obstructed justice by using his own spokeswoman to put out statements claiming his innocence:
On March 1, 2017, Sessions’ spokeswoman, Sarah Isgur Flores (“Flores”) responded to the Washington Post report. Referring to Sessions’ testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Flores stated: “there was absolutely nothing misleading about his answer.” Flores is the Director of Public Affairs at the Department of Justice and is under Sessions’ supervision. Flores made this statement on behalf of Sessions, at his direction and with his approval. In using Flores to cover up his false testimony and criminal actions, Sessions improperly and corruptly used resources of the Department.
Sessions broke with procedure and the rule of law in several important ways. He knowingly committed perjury and interfered with the proper administration of the Justice Department, which he heads as Attorney General. The lawsuit concludes,
By submitting a false statement to the Senate, lying about his testimony, engaging in a cover up, involving an employee of the Department of Justice in the cover up, violating the regulations of the Department of Justice and failing to properly initiate an investigation of himself, Sessions intentionally impeded and obstructed the proper administration of the Justice Department.
Sessions’ cannot get away with this outrageous corruption in the highest levels of government. Something terrible happened during the Trump campaign, and now the executive branch is full of cronies who are committing crime after crime in an attempt to cover it up. This cannot continue if we want to still have a functioning democracy in four years time.
Marisa completed her undergraduate degree in 2013 at the University of Wisconsin with a double major in creative writing and media studies. She is an advocate of progressive policies and focuses her interests on gender equality and preventing sexual and domestic violence.