Perhaps one problem with Attorney General Jeff Sessions is that he’s just too darn nice.
I’ve said that although it breaks my heart to acknowledge this, as Sessions is a friend of mine, he really does need to go. (And, yes, as I’ve mentioned before, the President does reportedly have in his desk a signed resignation letter from Sessions. Perhaps Trump is just waiting for what he considers to be the right moment to dig it out.) A lot of theories concerning Sessions have been advanced –- including some dark conspiracy theories –- as to why Sessions hasn’t taken the reins at the Justice Department and guided it towards actual justice, but attorney Victoria Toensing, partner at the law firm diGenova & Toensing, may have nailed it.
“He’s a Southern gentleman,” she said in an interview with Lou Dobbs. “He doesn’t know how to kill at all.” It will take new leadership at the Justice Department, she said, because he’s clearly not fit for the job.
“Republicans have never known how to kill,” she elaborated. “You’ve got to know how to kill.”
Okay, that’s pretty blunt. But she’s right that politics is a full-contact sport. As I’ve said many times, you don’t want to run for office unless you can stand the sight of your own blood, and lots of it.
Toensing’s observation made me think back to when Sessions was being grilled at his confirmation hearings by California Sen. Kamala Harris. As I recall, this barracuda was incredibly rude to him, repeatedly attacking him and interrupting him before he even had a chance to respond. (And, yes, I’d be saying the exactly same thing about Harris’ conduct if she were a male barracuda.) The slow-talking Sessions could barely get a word out. My impression was that Sessions had the demeanor of Stan Laurel being verbally pounded by Oliver Hardy --- just not able to stand up to it.
At the same time, I would politely (being a Southern gentleman myself) disagree with Toensing over her characterization of Southern gentlemen. When a cause is near and dear, we stand up and fight for it with all we’ve got, as a matter of principle. Now, curiously, Sessions is a gentleman, and he is definitely Southern, being from Alabama, but his seeming passivity just doesn’t fit the profile. That’s one thing that is so confounding about this.
Now, I love that in 2018, with unbelievable crassness everywhere you look, someone still exhibits gentlemanly airs. I genuinely admire Sessions for that, but at the same time, whoever heads up the Justice Department in this day and age, with the huge swamp that needs draining, needs to show some power and fury, whether Miss Manners approves or not. It’s as I’ve said: the attorney general needs to kick down doors and overturn desks. It appears Sessions is just too reserved to do that. He’s a fine man in the wrong job.
And he showed a spectacular failure by not advising President Trump BEFORE taking the job that, having been a part of Trump’s campaign, he would have to recuse himself from investigations that touched on the campaign, including the Russia probe. Certainly, as Trump has said, he would never in this world have put Sessions in that position if he’d known that was going to happen.
In March of this year, Sessions tried to offer reassurance that something would be done to drain the swamp by announcing that U.S. Attorney John Huber of Utah would be investigating the Obama DOJ’s surveillance abuses and the Uranium One deal. The idea was to get that investigation out of Washington DC and quietly start getting to the bottom of the corruption. Well, it’s been TOO quiet, for too many months. When Bruce Ohr testified last week before the House Judiciary and Oversight committees, he revealed some stunning news: that he still hasn’t even been contacted by Huber. Tell me, how is Huber supposed to investigate surveillance abuses at the Justice Department without talking to Ohr when Ohr was intimately involved (his wife, too) in getting the Christopher Steele “dossier,” which was really nothing more than a pile of trashy oppo research, to the FBI?
By the way, Ohr hasn’t been contacted by special counsel Robert Mueller, either. That’s not quite as surprising, given what we know to be Mueller’s real focus (getting Trump), but, still.
Huber should be doing exactly what the Republicans are trying to do: examine Bruce and Nellie Ohr’s role in getting the dossier to the FBI. Apparently the oversight committees learned a lot from him during last week’s closed-door hearing. Remember, it’s the dossier that was used as the pretense to get a warrant to conduct surveillance on associates of the Trump campaign. Huber won’t get the complete story on surveillance abuse without talking to both of them.
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It seems that Republicans in Washington are going to have to help him by doing much of his job for him and passing along their findings to Salt Lake City.
As Debra Heine at PJ media reminds us, many people are counting on Huber for justice; they imagine him “quietly gathering a damning mountain of evidence that is going to blow the deep state conspiracy wide open with massive amounts of collateral damage in and out of government – right before the election.” Well, at this point, it sure doesn’t look promising. If Huber hasn’t even talked with Bruce and Nellie Ohr yet, he’s still got a long way to go in his investigation.
And that’s if it’s even a serious investigation.
This gets worse. Toensing also said Huber hasn’t contacted her client, whistleblower Doug Campbell, in the Uranium One case.
She called this investigation “a Potemkin village.” And, wow, is that ever descriptive; if you’re not familiar, Merriam-Webster defines it as “an impressive facade or show designed to to hide an undesirable fact or condition.” (I have to say, we do see these often in politics.) The term is derived from the name Grigori Potemkin, who supposedly built impressive fake villages along the route Catherine the Great was supposed to travel. I’d hate to think the show of draining the swamp may be no more real than those fake villages flanking the Volga River, but who knows?
Toensing had a message for congressional Republicans: that they’ve been “snookered.”
When she said Republicans didn’t know how to kill, Dobbs’ reply was just as blunt. “They don’t even know how to WOUND!” he said. “What would it take for anyone of conscience in that Department of Justice, any one of our congressmen, our senators, Republicans, to say ‘this—this special counsel is a sad, pathetic joke and it is tearing the nation to pieces and it’s got to end and NOW!’? Why is there not a single voice, other than that of the President here?”
Speaking of Uranium One, Dick Morris, in a column for the Western Journal, cited Toensing’s observation that Huber hasn’t yet interviewed Campbell, the FBI undercover informant who infiltrated the Russian company Uranium One. One of Huber’s tasks is to investigate the Clinton Foundation and any pay-for-play scandals that related to Hillary’s role as Secretary of State. So, come on.
Tony Podesta, brother and former business partner of Hillary’s campaign manager John Podesta, was paid $180,000 by Uranium One to lobby –- successfully, as it turned out –- for Clinton’s approval of its acquisition of 20 percent of U.S. uranium mines, something very important to Vladimir Putin. Former President Bill Clinton was paid $500,000 to give a speech in Russia just a few weeks before Hillary was to vote on the measure. Morris also mentioned that in pursuing the deal with Hillary, Moscow infiltrated her political apparatus with ten spies who were passed off as Americans. And according to the New York Times (!), the Clinton Foundation got $145 million from interests linked to Uranium One. This was a huge deal for the Russians.
In his work for Uranium One, Tony Podesta never registered as an agent of a foreign power as required under law by the FARA statute, but he has not been indicted, at least not yet. But Paul Manafort was indicted for the same crime by the special counsel and faces prosecution soon. If Hillary accepted bribes, as it certainly appears she did, what are the odds that any indictments will come of that?
(By the way, speaking of Uranium One, Gregg Jarrett has an informative chapter about it in his book THE RUSSIA HOAX. I’ll be writing more about that soon.)
We do need a new attorney general, and it’s got to be someone who can take off the gloves. That’s so he can really fight –- and also tie the blindfold back on Lady Justice.