Watching Attorney General
Sessions was the hand.
Oh, they flapped their mouths, occasionally twisting their necks, and grimaced before the TV cameras as part of their performance.
But that was about it. It is the way of things in a sock puppet show. The socks are limited.
But on Tuesday before the
Sessions challenged them by refuting unfounded allegations that he may have colluded with the Russians in the 2016 election, invoking his honor and his service and using that
"Let me state this clearly, colleagues," said the former
"I was your colleague in this body for 20 years," he said. "And the suggestion that I participated in any collusion, that I was aware of any collusion with the Russian government, or hurt this country which I have served with honor for 35 years, or to undermine the integrity of our democratic process, is an appalling and detestable lie."
They tried pushing him on what the president told him about firing former FBI Director
Comey had testified to the fact he told the president three times that he was not a target of the investigation, but Comey wouldn't go public with the information. And Trump sacked him.
But Sessions declined to answer particulars, preferring to reserve the president's right to perhaps later claim executive privilege.
Such confidentiality was respected by
At least Harris, a former prosecutor and potentially a Democratic candidate for president in 2020, had the smarts and the style to smirk a bit. She understands how this works.
Unfortunately, a few journalists apparently do not, and while scanning a few of their tweets, I could feel the absolute rage emanating from their sockless thumbs on Twitter.
Executive privilege isn't absolute. And it is historically a point of contention between the legislative and executive branch. But it's been that way almost since the beginning of the republic.
And there was a loud silence about Republican allegations that the
The interesting thing that probably won't make headlines was this: The
For months and months, and 24/7 on breathless cable news networks, all we heard and read were allegations -- without evidence -- that Trump colluded with the Russians.
It helped derail his legislative agenda. And it provided cover for
They've moved away from collusion with Russians to process, and have pushed the obstruction of justice angle.
But what happened to the Russians and those damning emails hacked out of the
"They've gone down lots of other rabbit trails, but not that question," Cotton said.
Cotton did ask Sessions about his favorite spy fiction,
"It's just like 'Through the Looking-Glass,'" Sessions said.
No, actually, it's more like a puppet show.