Jeff Sessions has recused himself. Why? In the last week or so it came to the public’s knowledge that he had been in contact with the Russian ambassador during the 2016 election. Why does this matter? There has also been an ongoing investigation into whether Russia helped Trump with the election and might’ve helped him get votes. This means that Sessions is now being looked at as a subject of interest in the investigation as to whether his meetings with the Russian ambassador were strictly to do with his dealings as a Senator or if they were tied to the election.
However people have stated that recusing himself was not enough. Stephen Colbert made himself perfectly clear when he used a couple expletives on his last show as reported by Matt Wilstein of the DailyBeast.com. It’s not just Colbert though, Andrew Rafferty recounted in his article on NBC News Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi saying,
“Attorney General Sessions’ narrow recusal and his sorry attempt to explain away his perjury are totally inadequate.”
Conversely with everyone fussing over Jeff Sessions, it seems as if they are completely forgetting about a similar instance that happened with Loretta Lynch and the Clinton investigation back in June of 2016. For those of you that are unfamiliar with the subject, Lynch, who was the Attorney General serving under President Obama, met with Bill Clinton as his wife, Hilary Clinton, was being investigated for the, “use of a private email server,” as stated on Politico.com.
Amanda Terkel and Sam Stein stated in their article with the Huffington Post that Sessions called for Lynch to recuse herself. In the article Sessions is quoted saying,
“When a high public official is accused of serious wrongdoing and there is a sufficient factual predicate to investigate, it is imperative the investigation be thorough, with dispatch and without partisanship.”
Yet Politico.com stated that Democrats didn’t think anything of it and just pushed it under the rug saying it was “innocent”. I don’t see how this isn’t a double standard. Yes, it took Sessions a while to come forward with the details and recuse himself but he did and admitted that to be fair in the investigation he needed to separate himself. Yet nobody jumped down Lynch’s back to double and triple check that she didn’t do anything wrong, instead it was basically ignored, or at least that’s what it seems like. Session’s needed to recuse himself just as Lynch should’ve done but it seems extreme to say that recusing himself isn’t enough.
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