Jefferson Sessions won’t say if Trump asked him to obstruct the Russia investigation

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Attorney General Jefferson Sessions has been very busy completely wrecking the Justice Department and trying to smash the First Amendment. Plus, Sessions has a notably bad memory.

So maybe he just can’t recall if Donald Trump asked him to block the investigation into connections between Trump’s campaign and Russia.

The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee expressed concern Thursday after Attorney General Jeff Sessions declined to answer whether President Trump ever asked him to obstruct the Russia investigation.

“I asked the attorney general whether he was ever instructed by the president to take any action that he believed would hinder the Russia investigation and he declined to answer the question,” Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) told reporters after the closed-door meeting concluded.

Sessions, like other Trump officials, has been adhering to a previously unknown form of executive privilege—one where everything Trump said, even in public, is protected, whether anyone actually requests any kind of protection or not, and without anyone needing to say the words “executive privilege.” However, there’s a problem with that position in this instance.

“If the president did not instruct him to take any action that he believed would hinder the Russia investigation, he should say so. If the president did instruct him to hinder the investigation in any way, in my view, that would be a potentially criminal act and certainly not covered by any privilege,” the California Democrat continued.

Actually, there’s a problem with the non-privilege-privilege level of lip-lock the Trump team has been taking in every instance. They want to get all the benefits of privilege, without ever facing any challenge by living in a undefined state where no law applies. But no matter how they want to play this, there seems to be no reason Sessions couldn’t say Trump didn’t try to block the investigation.

Unless he did.