The Romulan Republic wrote:Perhaps, but you'll note that this isn't actually a defence or refutation of any of allegations against Sessions (saying "but someone else is guilty too" never is, though it may be an effective form of deflection via character attack).
Nor was it intended to be, but you seem dead set on pretending it is to deflect from the point, which is how Washington's political culture renders lying before Congress a totally ok thing to do, on a bipartisan basis.
Depends on weather he was meeting them in his capacity as Senator, or as a campaign surrogate. I'd trust Sessions' word on that as far as I could kick him (which since kicking Senators is illegal, means zero). And I'll note that you are basically parroting the official excuse from Sessions himself.
It's absurd to cast a meeting with the Russian ambassador to the United States in any capacity as somehow nefarious unless you have some actual evidence it is.
And in either case, he lied.
Aww, he had to "lawyer himself out of trouble" (i.e. commit perjury) to get a job where he would then have an enormous conflict of interest because those mean partisan Democrats gave him no choice.
Did you even read the article, given it references Sen. McCaskill's (Democratic Senator) embarassing lie that she had never
met the Russian Ambassador (which she tweeted out to attack Sessions), only to have it revealed that she had - twice - and she then made up the exact same dumb excuses Sessions did for the lie?
Maybe - just maybe
- creating a gigantic hysteria about the Russians:
- Trump Has A Secret Internet Connection to a Russian Bank!
- The Russians Hacked CSPAN!
- The Russians Hacked a Vermont Power Utility!
- Putin killed Andrew Breitbart!
- Vitaly Churkin recruited Trump as a Soviet agent in the 1980s!
isn't particularly healthy for America's poltical culture, never mind its foreign policy.http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/poli ... /98630572/http://www.mediaite.com/online/erin-bur ... -sessions/
Does it hurt, bending so far over backwards to make excuses for Trumpolini's regime?
I find it hilarious that you protest that this isn't about the Democrats' Russia fever dreams (i.e. from your comments below that you clearly
understand that Michael Tracey's article is about the standard pattern of 'Trump/Russia' stories, not about making excuses for Trump), but here you recast my post as 'making excuses for the Trump regime' anyway.
It's a laughable smear, and transparent. Just because someone doesn't go along with every hysterical flight of fancy that Trump's political opponents dream up doesn't make them a 'defender' of Trump.
You mean "conducting clandestine foreign policy negotiations that undermined the then-President while he was still a private citizen"?
What 'clandestine foreign policy negotiations' did he engage in? You're talking as if you know what they spoke about. That must mean you're privy to some pretty amazing high level information, given such a thing hasn't been released.
You know damn well that's not all this is about. I refuse to believe that you are that stupid, and can therefore only conclude that you are being disingenuous.
that's what it's about. See below re: Mnuchin. This is all part and parcel of the Democrats:
a. Exculpating themselves for losing to an orange TV clown with a foreign boogey-man;
b. Attacking Trump's awful presidency without having to change a damn thing about their terrible Clinton lizard person neoliberal fuck-the-poor, fuck the middle-class policies and fuck the Sanders-left policies that helped Trump get elected in the first place.
And you'll note that I never said a thing about the larger Russia/Trump conspiracy allegations. I insinuated that Sessions is guilty of perjury (which he very likely is), mocked the Republicans for being hypocrites on this point (they are), and pointed out the massive conflict of interest inherent in Sessions' position/
So while I'm more than willing to have that argument again, that you immediately leaped in with an attempt to rebut the larger charges of conspiracy when I did not bring it up comes off as something of a case of protesting too much.
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Absolutely absurd. Everyone and their dog knows that the reason Sessions has come under scrutiny is because his lie involves Russia. That's just blindingly obvious. No one started 'perjury' talk - or even 'resignation' talk - when Trump's similarly awful appointee to the Treasury Steve Mnuchin
misled Congress. Now why is that? Oh, because lies in service of rich corporations are A-OK in the diseased political culture of Washington.