Here is what reliable William A. Jacobson , Law Professor at Cornell Had to say:
‘Sessions Slayed the Innuendo Machine
Watching Attorney General Jeff Sessions testify before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence was both an inspiring and infuriating experience.
When it comes to inspiration, there’s Jeff Sessions. He did as well as he possibly could in slaying the media and Democratic innuendo machine. For several months we have heard conspiracy theory after conspiracy theory about Sessions based on “contacts” with the Russian ambassador.
The theory that a mere “contact” was evidence of impropriety never made sense, certainly not for an Ambassador who seems to be a well-traveled fixture on the D.C. political circuit.
Sessions’ contacts were not suspicious in the least — one was at the Republican National Convention where the Russian Ambassador was among a large group of foreign diplomats brought by the Obama administration to witness the event. The second contact was at Sessions’ Senate office in the presence of career staffers.
Never, ever has anyone pointed to anything substantive that Sessions allegedly said or did that was improper.
The absurdity of the “contact” innuendo was further demonstrated by the supposedly undisclosed third contact. That was something James Comey reportedly was referring to when he testified that there was another issue that led to Sessions’ recusal from overseeing the Russia investigation. Comey never said that explicitly, he just put the innuendo out there, and then *someone* leaked his closed door testimony on the third contact issue.
The third contact, however, appears to have been either nothing at all or Sessions merely being in the presence of the Russian ambassador at a public event at the Mayflower Hotel. Sessions said he has no recollection of meeting the Russian ambassador there, and that was supported by a letter from the organizers who said, among other things, that there would have been no opportunity for anyone at that event to have a private conversation.
I’m guessing Comey or his people have a photo of Sessions in close proximity to the Russian Ambassador, maybe even greeting each other in some way. Expect that to leak, even though it would prove nothing.
Senator Tom Cotton correctly summed up the Democrat and media tactics, and absurd conspiracy theory that defies the wildest imaginations.
What was infuriating is that this is more of the public trial by innuendo about which I’ve been writing for several months, The fact-free Intelligence Community-Media trial of Trump by innuendo:
I don’t know whether Donald Trump or his aides had any improper contacts with Russian Intelligence officers.
Neither do you, or the media. The Intelligence Community might know, but they have provided zero facts either officially or through leaks to prove any improper, much less illegal, conduct took place.
Instead, we have trial by innuendo based on there being “contacts” between Trump campaign aides and Russian intelligence….
In this fact-free environment, imaginations and malicious intentions can run wild. We have round-the-clock media and social media speculation and frenzy throwing around terms like impeachment, treason, and so on.
It is, in some ways, worse than harmful facts, because there is no clear accusation against which to defend, and no factual basis upon which the public can judge.
Sessions has been a target of this innuendo campaign because, let’s face it, he’s from the South. Even worse than that for the liberal media, he’s from Alabama. So he’s a target not only of baseless claims of racism, he’s easily capable of being “othered” (how’s that for applying a trendy progressive term?). Sessions even has been accused of being a Russian spy without basis, as I documented in my prior post, Attacks on Jeff Sessions hit rock bottom with spy recruitment innuendo.
Sessions today slayed that innuendo dragon by testifying publicly, and confronting his accusers directly.
I have no illusions that this will be the end of the innuendo war. But perhaps it’s a turning point.’