Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) drew an irritated response from Jeff Sessions when he accused the U.S. attorney general of lying under oath in his testimony about his contacts with Russian government officials.
In particular, Lieu pointed out that Sessions wrote on his security clearance form that he did not have any contacts within the last seven years with foreign government officials, despite the fact that he met at least twice last year with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
“What I was told by my executive assistant when we did this form earlier, and then again when I was nominated for attorney general, is that the FBI authority says members of Congress and… government officials meeting people on an official basis, we were not required to list all these contacts.”
“Nothing in that question says you get to answer any differently because you are a U.S. senator rather than, say, a young police officer,” Lieu shot back. “Isn’t that right?”
Lieu finished up his questioning of Sessions by again pointing out that Sessions testified under oath that he had not met with any Russian officials during the 2016 presidential campaign, even though he later acknowledged the meetings with Kislyak.
“That’s exactly the opposite answer you gave under oath to the U.S. Senate,” Lieu said. “So again, either you are lying to the U.S. Senate or U.S. House of Representatives.”
Sessions at this point grew annoyed and insisted that his original answer about meeting with Kislyak was to deny “the shocking suggestion that I, as a surrogate, was meeting on a continuing basis with Russian officials and the implication was to impact the campaign in some sort of nefarious way.”
Sessions then began rambling about the prospects of suing Lieu after he accused the attorney general of lying.
“I appreciate the Congressmen’s right, I guess he can say it’s free speech, he can’t be sued here, so, that’s just, my response and I’m sorry that, that’s my response,” he said.
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McConnell under pressure to wrap up Trump impeachment trial quickly without alienating wavering GOP senators
According to a report from Politico, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is under pressure from the White House and some of his Republican colleagues to move quickly to acquit Donald Trump by speeding up his impeachment trial while not upsetting some wavering GOP lawmakers who are fearful for their reputations in an election year.
The report notes that a Trump acquittal is a foregone conclusion, with GOP lawmakers admitting as much.
“The question is going to come to ‘Have you heard enough to make a decision or do you want witnesses?’ If people say, ‘We’re ready to vote,’ we’re going to vote right then,” explained Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY).
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Trump will not be convicted by the Republicans in the Senate for his crimes.
The public evidence is damning. There is no evidence that could possibly exonerate him. Trump is publicly bragging about committing crimes against the Constitution and the American people. The Republican Party and its propaganda news media have decided to ignore reality and fully immerse themselves in TrumpWorld. They have pledged total loyalty to him and no evidence will move them. The Republicans and their news media and public are authoritarian lemmings.
SNL imagines Alan Dershowitz and Mitt Romney in hell during impeachment trial sketch
The skit began with Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) meeting with Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) about impeachment.
They were then joined by Alan Dershowitz (played by SNL alum Jon Lovitz), who spoke of his previous clients, Jeff Epstein (played by Adam Driver), O.J. Simpson and Claus von Bülow.
But Dershowitz suffered a heart attack and met the devil in hell, where he was reunited with Epstein.
“Yes, hello, everyone, it’s I, Alan Dershowitz,” he proclaimed. “It’s wonderful to be here. Because I’m not welcome anywhere else. There’s a lot of haters out there -- for no good reason. But like I said to my client and dear friend Jeffrey Epstein, haters gonna hate!”