U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions remained tight-lipped during his hearing Tuesday. He refused to answer any questions about whether or not he mentioned how former FBI director James Comey was handling the Russia Investigation to Trump.
Obviously, if you don’t want to answer a simple question like that… you’re probably guilty. Sessions hid under his executive privilege umbrella to exempt himself from answering questions he seemed not to like. Executive privilege can be used to resist certain types of subpoenas and basically gives a free pass not to answer any questions even if the government request it to protect it from the ‘public eye’.
The Washington Post reported that Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee lambasted the attorney general for failing to provide responses, particularly when they were not asking about classified material or ongoing investigations.
Session’s excuse was that,
“It’s my judgment that it would be inappropriate for me to answer and reveal private conversations with the president when he has not had a full opportunity to review the questions and to make a decision on whether or not to approve such an answer,”
Session claimed that he did not use executive privilege, which was confusing to those like Cornell Law School professor, Jens David Ohlin. He explained that Sessions was trying to pull a fast one.“It made no sense whatsoever. He’s basically trying to have his cake and eat it, too: claim
“It made no sense whatsoever. He’s basically trying to have his cake and eat it, too: claim executive privilege but then pretend that he didn’t. His position has no basis in law, common sense, or logic.”
If we take at take a look at how Democrats were treated by the GOP when they refused to answer questions during Bill Clinton’s investigation, it shows a big difference. And they did not assert privilege at all. When former assistant to the FBI director, Jason Herring didn’t answer any questions, he was instantly subpoenaed by House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman, Jason Chaffetz who told him,
“You don’t get to decide what I get to see. I get to see it all… I’m going to issue a subpoena and I’m going to do it right now!”
Check out the double standard below and judge for yourself.
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