Democratic Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM) ripped Attorney General Jeff Sessions for refusing to answer the questions of the Senate Intelligence Committee.
During his testimony before the Senate Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions really did not want to talk about his conversations with Donald Trump and the investigations into the campaign’s ties to Russia.
Sessions repeatedly refused to answer questions from Democratic senators, while insisting he was not invoking executive privilege, as that is something only the president can invoke. Sessions simply claimed it be “appropriate” to preserve the president’s right to invoke that privilege should he wish to at a later date.
Democratic Sen. Martin Heinrich of New Mexico nailed him on that argument.
“My understanding of the legal standard,” Heinrich said, “is you either answer the question — that’s the best outcome. You say this is classified, can’t answer it here. I’ll answer it in closed session. Bucket number three is to say I’m invoking executive privilege. There is no appropriateness bucket. It is not a legal standard.”
Heinrich forcefully accused Sessions of obstructing the investigation into collusion with Russia, continuing a pattern already documented within the Trump administration.
HEINRICH: We’re not asking questions about that investigation. If I wanted to ask questions about that investigation, I’d ask those of Rod Rosenstein. I’m asking about your personal knowledge from this committee, which has a constitutional obligation to get to the bottom of this. There are two investigations here. There is a special counsel investigation. There is also a congressional investigation and you are obstructing that congressional investigation, by not answering these questions. And I think your silence — like the silence of Director Coats, like the silence of Admiral Rogers, speaks volumes.
Sessions was repeatedly brought to task for evading questions on key parts of the Senate investigation. His unwillingness to be fully honest under oath, in a public setting, is more than troubling — it’s the behavior of a witness with something to hide.