Jeff Sessions Admits He Is Doing Nothing To Prevent Russia From Interfering In Future Elections
Following Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, the news media focused on his refusal to answer questions about his conversations with President Trump and his declaration that he had not yet been interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller.
Sessions’ testimony was truly unremarkable. He was caught lying several times and dodged questions by declaring —without a legal basis— that his conversations with the president regarding Russia are private. Lost in the headlines, however, was a truly damning revelation about Sessions’s tenure at the Justice Department thus far.
As noted by Foreignpolicy.com, the revelation came during an exchange with Republican Sen. Ben Sasse, when Sessions casually admitted that he has been negligent when it comes to Russia’s interference in our elections.
Senator Sasse asked Sessions the following question: “As the nation’s chief law enforcement officer and as a supervisor of multiple components of our intelligence community … do you think we’re doing enough to prepare for future interference by Russia and other foreign adversaries in the information space?”
One would think that Sessions would welcome this opportunity to remove any doubt from the American people that he colluded with Russia in 2016 by acting within his capacity to make sure we are doing everything possible to prevent future interference by Russia and other foreign adversaries, right? Here’s what he said:
“Probably not. We’re not. And the matter is so complex that for most of us, we are not able to fully grasp the technical dangers that are out there.”
Just like that, Sessions confessed that Russia interfered with elections in 2016 and that he’s doing nothing to prevent foreign interference in future elections.
By doing nothing about Russia’s interference in our elections, the Attorney-General is showing us he has no interest in preserving the integrity of a free and fair election system in America.