With a continuation of hazy details, Jeff Sessions continues his series of denial regarding the controversies surrounding his involvements in orchestrating the involvements of Donald Trump with the Russian government. Tuesday marked yet another instance of the denial, as the further presentation of details regarding his aide arriving with a proposition to host a meeting with Russian officials were brought up to Sessions, to which he admitted to the events potentially occurring. However, he subsequently followed up said allegations by stating that he “swiftly rejected” said propositions.
This is the second time there has been some form of an amendment to his testimony, only adding to the drama and controversy. The development only reinforced the ambiguity of the circumstance, as the development did nothing to clarify a potential result to the conflict but rather only add more fuel to the fire. This adds to more investigations that need to be done regarding the controversy.
Special council investigations, however, bring up a much more different story. Evidence has shown that Sessions orchestrated meetings with his aide to discuss Russian relations and held round-table discussions regarding setting up a meeting between Donald J. Trump and Vladimir Putin. The defense? It was tantamount to lying worse than a high school student. Sessions stated that he had no clear recollection of what exactly was said at the meeting but recognized its existence, albeit being very clear about his personally adamant rejection of the alleged plans.
Conservative Republicans have come to his defense, stating that Sessions was not representative of any wrong doing. This support carried over from earlier this year where they shielded Sessions and refused to affirm a replacement upon President Trump’s desire to fire him. However, the Democrats certainly do not feel the same. Heavy criticism was presented toward the red flags in Sessions’ behavior as well as the consistent barrage of inaccurate statements.
Although this type of behavior is not new to Sessions, his suspicious behavior regarding such a volatile and sensitive topic is extremely alarming. Such a level of ambiguity in any case is always a case of suspicion, and given the context, it is certainly a cause for alarm. Further investigation is extremely necessary to find the concrete truth about the exact dealings that took place, as it is a matter that concerns the immediate presidency.
Alternative propositions and controversies are certainly a cause for scrutiny, such as the Uranium One controversy that plagues Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation. However, the lack of presence of Hillary Clinton at the direct position of the United States Presidency is the exact reason why the collusion with Russia controversy requires so much more attention.
The presentation of an alternative controversy that requires attention seems like a justification for conservative politicians as an excuse to not have to address the issue at all, which is a regressive perspective. Using other issues as leverage to seem like they are on the right side of the issue is simply to bolster and feed one’s ego, not resolve a problem that is presented. Such a perspective can be extremely damaging not only to the pursuing of the Russian collusion fiasco, but also the investigation regarding Hillary Clinton as well as all other controversies that already have been presented. Desensitizing an issue does not make for an effective platform to solve it; just look at racism for proof.
Instead of running away or fighting to bolster egos, problems must be resolved as efficiently and effectively as possible to preserve the very idea of a democracy.
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