Back in 1986, Jeff Sessions, the current Attorney General, was denied a judgeship via the United States Senate because of allegations of systematic racism. 30 years later, again in front of the Senate, Sessions perjured himself in his confirmation hearing where he became the 84th Attorney General because he denied having contact with Russian agents as a member of Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. Not two months later, Jeff Sessions recused himself from the DOJ’s investigation into the Trump-Russia treason.
With Jeff Sessions no longer leading the investigation, the responsibility for investigating Trump’s malfeasance was on Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Trump has pressured Sessions multiple times to reverse his recusal, and to retake control of the probe. Despite Trump’s both public and private demands, Jeff Sessions has refused.
There are several possible reasons for this. First, Jeff Sessions must have realized, once Rod Rosenstein appointed Mueller as Special Counsel, that his misdeeds would become public, so he secretly agreed to fully cooperate with Mueller’s investigation. A second possibility is that Jeff Sessions understands he won’t be Attorney General for long, and he would rather use his remaining time to push his racist agenda before he gets taken down for assisting Trump with his treason. Another possibility is that Sessions needs to maintain his power as the top law enforcement official in the US to protect himself from some previous crimes.
A recent bribery trial revealed Jeff Sessions’ role in stopping EPA legislative actions which targeted a top donor of his. While listed as a potential witness, Sessions never testified during a trial last month held in Alabama, which brought guilty verdicts to David Roberson and Joel Gilbert. David Roberson, the vice president for Drummond Coal, and Joel Gilbert, a partner at the Birmingham-based law company Balch & Bingham, were both found guilty of bribing an Alabama lawmaker to stop a federal environmental cleanup which could have cost the two defendants several million dollars.
During Sessions’ career as a terrible Senator, Balch & Bingham and Drummond Coal were his 2nd and 3rd biggest donors, respectively. America should be very glad that Rosenstein is making all the important decisions in Robert Mueller’s investigation rather than Sessions.