On June 13th, the venerable Attorney General Jeff Sessions placed himself in the lion’s den by testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Republicans appeared to be the adults in the room, while Democrats resorted to their typical infantile behavior. California Democrat Kamala Harris had a tantrum with Sessions when he insisted on upholding the long standing policies and principles of the Department of Justice.
Traditionally, the president enjoys the constitutional privilege to protect his conversations with the attorney general. If Trump wanted to stonewall this investigation, he would be within his rights as president to assert executive privilege. Attorney General Sessions was right to guard that privilege during his testimony, even though president Trump had not asserted it. That Sessions held fast to his principles under a storm of vitriolic questioning is testament to his exceptional character.
So, Sessions attempted to make it clear to Harris that while President Trump had not invoked his executive privilege, it is a long standing policy of the DOJ to not negate this privilege by disclosing private conversations with the president before the president has a chance to determine whether or not they want to assert executive privilege.
Apparently Democrats like Harris cannot suffer such trivial things like, “tradition, policies”, or “principles.” Harris became so hysterical that Senator John McCain had to step in to stop her from interrupting and hounding Sessions–to the point where all Sessions could do was sit there and laugh at her embarrassing outburst.
After McCain repeatedly asked Harris to restrain herself, Chairman Burr regained control of the hearing and ordered Harris to stop badgering Sessions so he could answer the question.
Of course, the answers Sessions provided weren’t good enough for Harris, because they involved trivialisms like policies and principles. Sessions struggled again to edify Harris on lofty concepts like principles and as she came to the brink of another temper tantrum, her time ran out and she ended the exchange as cattily as a California Democrat could:
Harris: Did you ask your staff to see the policy?
Burr: The senator’s time has expired.
Harris: Apparently not.
Just when I thought the hearing couldn’t get any worse, it got great. Republican Senator John Cornyn of Texas took the microphone back for the adults, then proceeded to rebuke the Democrats for their flagrant hipocrisy and selective memory.
Back in 2010, a US Border Patrol Agent named Brian Terry was murdered by an illegal immigrant that had previously been deported seven times. Brian’s death went from tragedy to flashpoint when it was revealed that the illegal immigrant had murdered Brian using a weapon that the United States government had intentionally placed in the hands of criminals.
An operation known as Fast and Furious, the Obama administration ran a sting operation in which the Arizona Field Office of the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) engaged in “gunwalking,” where the ATF “purposely allowed licensed firearms dealers to sell weapons to illegal straw buyers, hoping to track the guns to Mexican drug cartel leaders and arrest them.” The ATF under a Obama effectively armed the cartels with thousands of weapons–weapons which it eventually lost track of–and it was one of these weapons, in the hands of a criminal, that ended Brian Terry’s life.
John Cornyn was one of many Senators who called for the Department of Justice under Eric Holder–at the time Obama’s Attorney General–to release documents about the Fast and Furious gun-tracking operation. When Holder refused to provide any information on the ATF’s scandalous operation, Sen. Cornyn called for his resignation,
“The American people deserve better; they deserve an attorney general who is accountable and independent; they deserve an attorney general who puts justice before politics, and it’s my sincere hope that President Obama will replace you with someone who’s up to that challenge.”
What was Obama’s response? He asserted executive privilege to stonewall the investigation by denying Congress access to documents pertaining to Fast and Furious. Obama went as far as extending his executive privilege to cover Eric Holder’s wife.
Former ATF agent John Dodson explains the egregious obstruction of justice committed by then Attorney General Holder and former president Obama,
“The details of Operation Fast and Furious in the nearly five years since the Terry murder have been documented through congressional investigations, committee hearings and Office of the Inspector General reports revealing government retaliation against whistleblowers, lies, stonewalling, cover-ups, email and document scandals, President Obama’s assertion of executive privilege, and the first-ever citation for contempt of Congress levied against a sitting U.S. attorney general.”
Imagine what hell Democrats would raise if Trump had been behind the disastrous Fast and Furious operation. If AG Sessions had covered for Trump, the way that Holder covered for Obama. Imagine the outrage of the left had Trump asserted executive privilege to stonewall the investigation, the way that Obama did.
Now snap back to the present.
To date, there is no evidence of Russian collusion. There is no evidence of a Trump cover up. There is nothing that vaguely resembles obstruction of justice.
Democrats like Kamala Harris are more upset about the death of their pathetic Trump-Russo narrative than they are about the death of an American patriot. This has nothing to do with truth, justice, or even national security. This is a witch hunt. We are witnessing the left fight against the agonal respirations of their dying narrative.
To leftists like Kamala Harris, justice is not a principle. It is a weapon to be corrupted, directed, and abused for the sake of the narrative. Unfortunately for Harris and those like her, we have not forgotten Brian Terry and we will not be fooled by the those who tried so hard to bury the truth.