“Our judgment, as I recall, was that he was very close to and inevitably going to recuse himself for a variety of reasons,” Comey said at the time. “We also were aware of facts that I can’t discuss in an open setting that would make his continued engagement in a Russia-related investigation problematic.
Today, pressed by Oregon Senator Ron Wyden about what those facts might be, Sessions had a fiery reply.
“Why don’t you tell me?” he asked, before going full Arkansas.
“There are none, senator. There are none.”
Based on Wyden’s lack of a response, one might be led to believe…he’s right!
Clearly, Sessions’ principal goal today seemed to be to clarify why he agreed to recuse himself and turn back insinuations, like Comey’s, about his own integrity:
“I recused myself not because of an asserted wrongdoing, but because DOJ regulation 20HcF4, I felt, required it. That regulation states that department employees should not serve in investigations into campaigns if they served as advisers in that campaign.”