Head of Senate Judiciary Committee Calls Out Leaker of Sessions-Russia Controversy

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-iowa, looks at Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., during a markup hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee as they prepare to vote on the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan on Capitol Hill in Washington Tuesday, July 20, 2010. Sen. Graham was the only republican to vote to approve Kagan's nomination which passed 13-6. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Yeah. Put up or shut up.

That was the general gist of Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley’s message on Saturday.

Grassley, the head of the Senate Judiciary Committee went after reports that emerged on Friday evening of possible undisclosed conversations between Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Russian officials.


Sessions recused himself earlier this year from any dealings with the ongoing Russia probe, after it was discovered that he had several conversations with the Russian ambassador, Sergei Kislyak, before last year’s election.

While Sessions insisted the conversations were harmless and actually part of his job as a senator (believable), he still recused himself, in order to avoid the appearance of impropriety.

Upon Sessions’ recusal, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed a special counsel – Robert Mueller – to take up the investigation.

And now Trump is blaming Sessions for a probe that has expanded to include members of his family, his legal team, and his business dealings.

Trump forgets that the investigation became necessary after he went on television and admitted to the world that he’d fired FBI Director James Comey because of the Russia probe that was just beginning.

Yes. Trump is upset that AG Sessions did not stay on and preemptively protect him from shooting himself in the foot.

Grassley’s tweets, however, address the news of Sessions’ extracurricular conversations with Russian officials.


So what were those conversations about?

The intelligence was leaked to The Washington Post by a former U.S. intelligence official, who also said the conversations included talks of what U.S.-Russia relations might look like under a Trump administration.

Sessions originally failed to disclose a meeting with Kislyak, and then said that their conversations had nothing to do with the Trump campaign.

If any of this is true, then Sessions was right to recuse himself, and he knows that.

It is not the job of the attorney general to babysit the president or do anything other than to uphold the laws of this nation and see that justice is done for all Americans.



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