Honestly, if you believe Jeff #Sessions would be part of a nefarious secret plot with Russia to throw an election, you’ll believe anything
— Buck Sexton (@BuckSexton) June 13, 2017
That was Buck’s summary in the wake of Sessions’ fiery testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee pertaining to his meeting with Russian officials, his decision to recuse himself, and the motivations behind former FBI Director James Comey’s firing.
“Putting aside his character and integrity, and that’s putting aside a lot…Jeff Sessions? This is the guy you think colluded with the Russian? A guy who’s put in 35 years in the service of his country?”
Buck played a clip from Sessions’s opening statement in which Sessions called the accusations “an appalling and detestable lie.”
“It is astonishing to see how much hypocrisy, how much politicization, and the sheer lack of underlying integrity for the questioning he went through,” said Buck, adding, “There was just nothing today that was all that exciting.”
Buck then went into the differences in Democrat versus Republican lines of inquiry.
“Democrats wanted to use the term obstruction as often as they could, so they pushed that with the questioning,” he said.
As far the issue of Sessions leaving James Comey alone with the President, Buck played a clip of Sessions’s response:
“There’s nothing wrong with the President having a communication with the FBI Director,” Sessions said. “There is a problem with the President having conversations about ongoing investigations.”
“Comey after the fact was making a bigger deal out of that conversation than he did at the time,” said Buck.
Buck also addressed the hullabaloo made over Sesssions’ decision to cite executive privilege in regard to private communications he’s had with the President.
“If the President can’t expect privilege with the Attorney General, who can he expect it with?” Buck asked.
“Part of the problem here is that as we get more facts, there’s an increasing desperation with the media, they’ve gone so far with flimsy facts that they’re desperate to make it true,” he concluded. “Democrats were trying to force Sessions make a material false statement under oath. They pretend that’s not the case, they want the truth. But it was.”
“You show me the individual, I’ll show you the crime — that’s how the Democrats play the game.”
As for the Comey firing, Buck called this “an interesting moment in the exchange,” playing a clip of a back-and-forth between Sessions and Senator Dianne Feinstein.
“I cannot discuss with you or confirm or deny conversations I’ve had with the president,” Sessions insisted.
“That bothers them,” said Buck. “That greatly vexed them. But look, this is private counsel with the President. If the President of the United States can’t have a private conversation with the Attorney General, when can he expect privacy?”