The much-anticipated Jeff Sessions hearing started with blah blah blah statements such as:
“Such [Russian interference] can never be tolerated, and I encourage every effort to get to the bottom of any such allegations.”
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) June 13, 2017
They’re not allegations. They have been proven. Idiot.
— CNN (@CNN) June 13, 2017
But then he dropped an un-freaking-believable statement. In his opening remarks.
“I’m here today to address several issues that have been specifically raised before this committee, and I appreciate the opportunity to respond to questions as fully as the Lord enables me to do so.”
So as we expected, he basically cited Executive Privilege, though he has not (so far) in his testimony, specifically used those words.
“But as I advise you, Mr. Chairman, in consistence with long-standing Dept. of Justice practice, I can not and will not violate my duty to protect the confidential communications I have with the president.”
UPDATE: He specifically said “I am not claiming executive privilege” because only the president can do that. He clarified that there are “privileges of communication within the Department of Justice” that allow have “full and robust debate.” Right.
— Caroline O. (@RVAwonk) June 13, 2017
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