This last week Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Leader, showed real outrage in a CNN interview that Attorney General Jeff Sessions lied about not having any Russian contacts while serving as a so-called ‘surrogate’ in the Trump campaign. I was astounded that she showed more emotion about Session’s ‘lapse’ of memory than I have seen from her on any of the many issues that have slipped through the hands of the Democrats over the years.
What now seems like a lifetime ago, back during the Obama administration, James Clapper, at the time Director of National Intelligence, lied to Congress about mass surveillance of our citizenry, and not a single Democratic Congressperson stood up to suggest that Clapper resign. Ironically, Clapper, alongside James Comey of the FBI, has also denied wiretapping citizen Trump, before last year’s election.
From my personal vantage point, I find the illegal invasion of privacy by the Government of equal, if not greater, importance than Sessions’ dalliance with the Russians. Privacy is a clear-cut Constitutional issue, whereas the foreign policy is a political issue.
I cannot help thinking that Pelosi hyperventilating about Session’s lapsed memory was partially fueled by the desire to bring down Sessions in order to weaken his master. Or that the Democrats are so hyped on keeping Russian perfidy in the limelight because, purportedly, it was the Russian state that released the information that the Clinton campaign conspired to cheat Bernie Sanders during the primary.
Our country is ruled by liars and hypocrites from both parties. Trump and his minions unabashedly put forward Sessions as a legitimate candidate for head of the DOJ, whereas ten years ago the Republicans uncharacteristically joined the Democrats in rejecting him for a federal judgeship. Like most of Trump’s other candidates for his cabinet, he is a man with limited understanding of the role of government, while being hell-bent on destroying the government departments they have been selected for.
If Trump ends up quitting or is impeached, I don’t think we will find Pence much different. We certainly could expect to find Nancy Pelosi again ready to compromise with the Republicans as she did in the eight previous years.