Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Beauregard Raises More Questions Than Answers

We won't waste time in a lengthy recap of evil elf and Confederate States Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III's appearance before the Senate Intelligence Committee. It was expected that he'd duck questions that are at the heart of the investigation, answer questions that weren't asked, and avoid answering directly by claiming "confidentiality" of conversations with narcissistic demagogue Donald "Rump" Trump, and he did all of those things. He got his little rooster neck up in faux outrage about being accused of colluding with Russian officials, when no one had leveled that charge. His recollection of his interactions with Russian officials was fuzzy, and in particular he declined to answer many questions about his involvement with the firing of former FBI Director James Comey. Asked whether he had had discussions with Rump over the rationale for firing Comey before Rump directed that a memo be written to base the firing on, Beauregard claimed confidentiality with Rump, despite repeatedly acknowledging that executive privilege had not been asserted by the White (Supremacist) House. Beauregard kept referring to long-standing policies in the Justice Department to decline to answer, and was asked to produce any written policies to that effect.

Observing Beauregard, he shifted uncomfortably as Dems asked their questions, reaching for a glass of water and fiddling with his papers and eyeglasses. When friendly Rethuglicans pitched soft ball questions to him (Roy Blunt of Missouri, and the hateful Tom Cotton of Arkansas were the worst), he grinned and thanked them. In his five minutes, Cotton listed a number of "leaks" that had embarrassed Rump, failing to list the leak of highly classified information that Rump himself had made to the Russian Foreign Minister and Russian Ambassador in the Oval Office. The hearing brought out the fact that neither Beauregard nor Rump seemed interested in the Russian attack, not once asking to be briefed on it. The often befuddled Sen. John "Grampypants" McCain managed to suggest in his questioning that Beauregard and his boss weren't taking Russian active measures seriously, and had no strategy to counter them. That begs the question of how can they, when the Russians have something -- something apparently very important -- on the current occupant of the Oval Office.

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