Jeff Sessions Just Defied a Court Order To Hand Over List Of His Russia Contacts
In a clear act of defiance and contempt of court, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday refused to comply with a court-ordered deadline to provide a list of his contacts with Russian government operatives, NPR reported Thursday.
As part of a lawsuit filed by ethics watchdog group American Oversight onOn June 12, a U.S. District Court judge ordered the Justice Department to release a complete list within 30 days, a deadline that passed on Wednesday.
Sessions has repeatedly lied about his meetings with former Russian ambassador to the U.S. and purported spymaster Sergey Kislyak, prompting the Ethics group to file a lawsuit requesting access to Sessions’ Standard Form 86 (SF86) — the application form for a federal security clearance — relating to contacts “with any official of the Russian government.”
“Jeff Sessions is our nation’s top law enforcement officer, and it is shocking one of his first acts after being named Attorney General was to mislead his own agency about a matter of national security,” the group’s director, Austin Evers, said.
“The court gave DOJ thirty days to produce Attorney General Sessions’s security clearance form, DOJ has already confirmed its contents to the press and Sessions has testified about it to Congress,” Evers continued. “So there is no good reason to withhold this document from the public.”
As noted by NPR: “The Standard Form 86, more commonly called SF86, is a very detailed form required to be filled out for obtaining security clearance for certain government positions. It’s the same form presidential adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner has recently had to revise after omitting meetings with Russian officials.”