Important and Inevitable

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Special Counsel Robert Mueller (AP Photo)

This is one of the important parts:

Attorney General Jeff Sessions was questioned for several hours last week by the special counsel’s office as part of the investigation into Russia’s meddling in the election and whether the president obstructed justice since taking office, according to a Justice Department spokeswoman.

The meeting marked the first time that investigators for the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, are known to have interviewed a member of Mr. Trump’s cabinet.

Attorney General nominee Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) in Washington, D.C., on 29 November 2016. (Molly Riley/Associated Press)In response to questions from The New York Times, the spokeswoman, Sarah Isgur Flores, confirmed that the interview occurred. Mr. Sessions was accompanied by the longtime Washington lawyer Chuck Cooper to the interview.

(Schmidt)

The New York Times article goes on to sketch the drama so far, including a declaration that, “Mueller’s interest in Mr. Sessions shows how the president’s own actions helped prompt a broader inquiry”, but this is also part of setting up a seemingly obvious statement:

For Mr. Mueller, Mr. Sessions is a key witness to two of the major issues he is investigating: the campaign’s possible ties to the Russians and whether the president tried to obstruct the Russia investigation.

And it does go on:

Mr. Mueller can question Mr. Sessions about his role as the head of the campaign’s foreign policy team. Mr. Sessions was involved in developing Mr. Trump’s position toward Russia and met with Russian officials, including the ambassador.

Puti TootsLet us remember the Attorney General is already in some manner of difficulty for his failure to properly disclose contacts wtih Russian government officials. The simple fact of his station in the Trump political organization makes him an interesting character in what seems a morbid farce; that his own clownish incompetence leaves the Attorney General of the United States exposed for dishonesty and constrained by subsequent, necessary recusal is not something we should omit from our consideration as this chapter reveals itself.

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Image notes: Top — Special Counsel Robert Mueller (AP Photo)  Middle — Attorney General nominee Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) in Washington, D.C., on 29 November 2016. (Molly Riley/Associated Press)  Bottom — Puti-Toots. (Credit: Unknown)

Schmidt, Michael D. “Jeff Sessions Is Questioned for Hours in Russia Inquiry”. The New York Times. 23 January 2018.

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