While North Dakota Republican lawmaker was criticizing Democratic women for wearing “bad-looking white pantsuits” the Trump administration was unraveling faster than the president’s alleged morals. It’s not quite scenes of Versailles c. 1789, but it’s not good.
Reactions to Trump’s new Jeff Sessions scandal, an offshoot of his Flynn Scandal, are pouring in from the Internet and it doesn’t look good for the ultra-sensitive Donald Trump, who has already blamed Democrats for his choosing a dishonest lawmaker as his AG over Democratic opposition.
If WashPost story on sessions is true, not only does there need 2 be an independent prosecutor but sessions must be investigated for perjury
— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) March 2, 2017
George Takei reacted with his usual wit:
So if the Attorney General lied to Congress, who brings the charges? Asking for a friend.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) March 2, 2017
As did Media Matters‘ Eric Boehlert:
if only we had some evidence of a Russia/Trump connection……
— Eric Boehlert (@EricBoehlert) March 2, 2017
In the background, if you listen, you can almost hear the cheering for the moment many knew would come:
Sessions lied at Senate hearings. Had contact w/Russia during campaign. NYT backs up story of Russian contacts. Here we go! #Trumprussia
— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) March 2, 2017
This is important not because Sessions talked to the Russian ambassador but because he lied about it under oath, which raises real questions at Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) made clear:
It's not illegal for a Senator to speak w the Russian Ambassador. So why lie about it under oath? Makes no sense, unless…
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) March 2, 2017
The consequences of Republicans doing nothing will be far more revealing than anything actually said by the parties concerned, as National Security columnist John Schindler pointed out seven hours ago:
If Jeff Sessions is the AG 24 hours from now, understand — Trump WH is fine with being lying, lawless & in bed with Russian intelligence.
— John Schindler (@20committee) March 2, 2017
As Schindler said, “Sessions is completely compromised too. He must resign now. He has no business being AG.” First Flynn, now Sessions. Eventually, only Donald Trump will be left standing, with nobody else to blame for his sins.
George W. Bush has already vented on Donald Trump. Now his ethics lawyer from 2005-07, Richard Painter, has chimed on on Sessions, tweeting,
Misleading the Senate in sworn testimony about one own contacts with the Russians is a good way to go to jail https://t.co/qH0s6sTMJ9
— Richard W. Painter (@RWPUSA) March 2, 2017
Last but not least, former Obama speechwriter John Favreau had a pointed question for Van Jones, who had called Trump “presidential” after his joint address to Congress:
Do you still get to be PRESIDENTIAL if you refuse to fire an Attorney General who lied under oath?
— Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) March 2, 2017
We have already had ample evidence that Donald Trump does not subscribe to Harry Truman’s dictum that “the buck stops here.” The buck stops anywhere but at the Trump Oval Office.
Flynn, Democratis, Obama…Sessions eventually. At some point, there will be no one left to throw under the bus, and with jail calling, there will be some hard decisions for Trump to make. Because blaming Barack Obama isn’t going to save Trump from himself.
Hrafnkell Haraldsson, a social liberal with leanings toward centrist politics has degrees in history and philosophy. His interests include, besides history and philosophy, human rights issues, freedom of choice, religion, and the precarious dichotomy of freedom of speech and intolerance. He brings a slightly different perspective to his writing, being that he is neither a follower of an Abrahamic faith nor an atheist but a polytheist, a modern-day Heathen who follows the customs and traditions of his Norse ancestors. He maintains his own blog, A Heathen’s Day, which deals with Heathen and Pagan matters, and Mos Maiorum Foundation www.mosmaiorum.org, dedicated to ethnic religion. He has also contributed to NewsJunkiePost, GodsOwnParty and Pagan+Politics.