Thursday, March 2, 2017

Why Jeff Sessions is in deep trouble; Washington Post, March 2, 2017

Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post; Why Jeff Sessions is in deep trouble

"There are two issues here: Must Sessions recuse himself, and did he mislead the Senate?

As to the first, he cannot be both a subject of inquiry and the investigator. His own conversations are of material interest to the investigation. He has no choice but to recuse himself. “He clearly has to recuse,” Larry Tribe told me. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee (and is a former prosecutor), succinctly told me, “Attorney General Sessions should recuse himself from investigations related to Russian interference in our democracy. He said he would if there was a conflict of interest, and it is clear that there is.”

At least one conservative legal scholar agrees. “It seems to me that he has to recuse himself from the decisions about the investigation into Russian efforts to influence our elections — at the very least to avoid the appearance of a conflict even if nothing untoward happened,” says John Yoo, former Justice Department lawyer in the George W. Bush administration."

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