Sessions 'recusal' provided cover for his ongoing efforts to impede Russia investigation

Sessions 'recusal' provided cover for his ongoing efforts to impede Russia investigation

Donald Trump used the Department of Justice as a instrument of both propaganda and personal vengence, with Jefferson Sessions acting as hatchetman and head of a disinformation campaign. In these actions, both Trump and Sessions have erased the traditional barriers between White House and Justice Department, and created an entity that generates its own evidence ex nihilo and executes its own sentence without recourse. In doing so, Sessions coordinated directly with the White House, and worked as an instrument of Trump, without regard to either the facts or fairness.

All on a topic where he had supposedly recused himself from taking any action.

… an aide to Mr. Sessions approached a Capitol Hill staff member asking whether the staffer had any derogatory information about the F.B.I. director. The attorney general wanted one negative article a day in the news media about Mr. Comey, according to a person with knowledge of the meeting.

This disinformation effort was capped by Sessions’ participation in hiding the real reasons for Comey’s dismissal, as displayed in the original letter produced by Trump and Stephen Miller and its replacement with a knowingly inaccurate version created by Rod Rosenstein on Sessions’ order.

While the focus of articles over the last two days has been on the completely inappropriate, and supposedly unsuccessful, effort to keep Jefferson Sessions from recusing himself, the more important facts are that months after Sessions had supposedly stepped away from the subject, he was still acting as Donald Trump’s eager partner in attempting to slow, block, or eliminate the investigation. This collaboration between Trump and Sessions to interfere with the Russia investigation isn’t just obstruction, it’s first class corruption.

"I have absolute right to do what I want to do with the Justice Department.”

Trump not only said it, he’s demonstrated he believes it. And Sessions is helping to make it true.