During his confirmation, Sen. Al Franken asked A.G. Jeff Sessions what action he would take against anyone involved in the Trump campaign who had contact with Russian officials. Sessions responded “I’m not aware of any of those activities,” Adding “I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign and I did not have communications with the Russians.”
It turned out his claims of rectitude were prevarication – that he had, in fact, met with Russians twice. Session’s spokespeople said that the meetings were Senate business, not campaign stuff. Which is cynical spin as it ignores both Franken’s question and Sessions’ answer.
When it comes to Sessions and his interesting take on the truth his boss has his back. Asked about his AG’s framing of the Russian question, Donald Trump offered this: “He did not say anything wrong”. In Trump calculation Sessions only lied. And didn’t say anything nasty about him. So where’s the problem?
The Trump administration declined training in ethics. Which leads to one of two conclusions. One, they are well-grounded in ethics – and that is laughable in the face of Mike Flynn, Sessions and the rest of the compromised crew. Or two, they have adopted the Nixonian approach to ethics: “When the President does it, that means that it’s not illegal.”
Talking about Russia and ethics, it now turns out that Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law, had a meeting at Trump Tower in December with ex-Nat Sec Adv Flynn and the Russian ambassador, Sergey Kislyak. At this point, you have to ask if Barron is the only Trump who hasn’t had chats with the Russians.
Trump got thirsty during his address to Congress. It happens. But using two hands to drink a glass of water? Was that a good idea? Jimmy Fallon says it was shot glass – is that even fair?
This weekend an organization of Trump acolytes is calling for a “March for Trump” in DC and other events across the country to show support for their boy. But lest you believe that the only purpose of these love fests is an ego boost for a man who is desperate for them, the organizers promise: “The goal of these marches and rallies are [sic] to peacefully unite all people.”
It’s an admirable aim. However, the kumbaya spirit is dashed by another claim on the group’s website:
“A seditious fringe has resolved to sabotage this restored purpose. An insidious propaganda apparatus intends on further shredding the truth. Our cities are being assailed, our police are under attack, and our livelihoods are being given away. From radical Islamic terrorism to our deliberately undermined military, the challenges posed from without are just as dangerous…”
It’s hard to strive for unity with other philosophies when your own is at odds with itself.