Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) nailed Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday by cornering him about his own past statements about people who selectively forget details about past conversations.
Jeffries started out by going through all of the times that Sessions testified under oath that he could not recall details of past incidents — especially regarding contacts between Russia and President Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.
Jeffries then pointed to an interview Sessions gave on Fox News in which Sessions stated that an intentional failure to remember important details can be used as evidence to prosecute perjury charges.
“During an interview with Lou Dobbs, you criticized Hillary Clinton for saying, ‘I can’t remember’ approximately 35 times,” he said. “You also stated during that Lou Dobbs interview that the intentional failure to remember can constitute perjury. Mr. Attorney General, do you still believe that the intentional failure to remember can constitute a criminal act?”
“If it’s an act to deceive, yes,” Sessions admitted.
Jeffries then dropped the hammer by pointing to a 1999 speech that Sessions delivered in favor of impeaching former President Bill Clinton in which Sessions recalled prosecuting a police officer who lied during his deposition — despite the fact that, like Sessions has done this year, he corrected his previous false testimony.
“While serving as U.S. attorney, you once prosecuted a young police officer who lied in a deposition,” Jeffries said. “In that speech you decided to prosecute that young police officer even though he corrected his testimony. You testified under oath in January. You subsequently corrected that testimony in a March 6th written submission, and have been forced repeatedly to come back to the Senate and now the House to clarify… The Attorney General of the United States of America should not be held to a different standard than the young police officer whose life you ruined by prosecuting him for perjury.”
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A whopping 14 percent of new US COVID-19 cases are coming from Texas
With the daily number of new coronavirus infections in Texas now exceeding that of most other states, experts say Texas has become a hot spot of the global pandemic and that more aggressive measures are needed to slow the virus’ spread.
Texas’ new confirmed cases of the coronavirus now make up around 14% of the U.S. total — measured by a seven-day average — a significantly higher proportion than its 9% share of the nation’s population. Since July 1, the U.S. has reported 358,027 new infections. Of those, 50,599 were in Texas.
On Tuesday, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported more than 10,000 new cases — representing nearly 20% of the nation’s new cases for the day. It could be a “catch-up” from the July 4 holiday, DSHS spokesman Chris Van Deusen said, noting that numbers reported Sunday and Monday were lower.
Devastating new ad uses Ronald Reagan’s words against Trump to stunning effect
The Lincoln Project is not the only right-wing group that has been creating attack ads slamming President Donald Trump. Another is Republican Voters Against Trump, which uses the words of President Ronald Reagan in its latest video to illustrate Trump’s failures as president.
In the ad — which lasts one minute and 40 seconds — RVAT contrast Reagan’s words with images of the U.S. during the Trump era. The message is not subtle: Under Trump, the United States is a long way from Reagan’s vision for the country.
The ad isn’t aimed at liberals and progressives, many of whom would argue that Reagan’s economic policies were bad for the American working class during the 1980s. It asks Republicans: “Has your party left you?”
The sheep-like loyalty of Trump supporters is starting to backfire
Donald Trump thinks his voters are morons. This universal truth was once again demonstrated this week by a Facebook ad working Trump’s new statue-oriented campaign strategy. The ad declared, “WE WILL PROTECT THIS” and featured a photo of … no, not some racist-loser Confederate general astride a horse but “Cristo Redentor,” the famous statue of Jesus Christ that sits atop Mount Corcovado in Rio de Janeiro, which, for those keeping track, is not in the United States but in Brazil, a sovereign nation in a different continent.