Donald V. Watkins
Will DOJ Indict Jeff Sessions for Perjury?
By: Donald V. Watkins
© Copyrighted and Published on December 28, 2019
Within weeks after President Donald J. Trump appointed Jeff Sessions as his United States Attorney General, Sessions deserted Trump by recusing himself from overseeing the Department of Justice's ongoing Russia probe. Sessions did not tell Trump about his plan to recuse himself from overseeing the investigation. As a result of Sessions' desertion, Trump was left to fight off Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his henchmen by himself.
Mueller sent Trump through two years of pure, agonizing hell. He destroyed the lives of numerous Trump friends and associates. He targeted Trump's children for investigation and harassment. Mueller spared no expense to persecute the President.
Trump survived Mueller's attempted coup d'etat through the sheer strength of his determination to defeat a "rogue" Department of Justice effort to overthrow his newly-installed administration.
Trump used Twitter to defend himself and to launch an unprecedented media counter-offensive. In the end, Trump crushed the DOJ insurgents who led the unsuccessful effort to prosecute and imprison him.
Trump labeled the FBI agents who persecuted him as "scum". He called the prosecutors who hounded him "corrupt." He also exposed the "rigged" federal criminal justice system for what it is -- a modern-day version of COINTELPRO operations that targets unpopular public figures for neutralization.
Did Sessions Betray Trump and Give Perjured Testimony?
Today there is a serious question as to whether Jeff Sessions (a) betrayed President Trump with his surprise recusal action and (b) committed perjury during Senate Hearings when he testified that he was not aware of any Trump campaign officials talking to and/or meeting with the Russians.
Trump has already concluded that Sessions betrayed him. This is why Trump forced Sessions out as Attorney General after the 2018 elections.
Now, observers in Washington believe Jeff Sessions should be investigated, charged, and prosecuted for perjury in connection with his Senate hearings testimony.
Two campaign officials -- Carter Page and George Papadopoulos -- have contradicted Sessions's sworn testimony on the material issue of whether Sessions was aware of meetings and talks between Trump Campaign officials and the Russians.
Page gave a statement to House investigators that he told Sessions about a trip Page was making to Russia during the 2016 Trump campaign.
Papadopoulos said Sessions was present at a meeting in which Papadopoulos suggested he could arrange a meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Papadopoulos was indicted and eventually pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about Russian tampering during the 2016 Presidential election.
No criminal charges were brought against Carter Page. In fact, the Department of Justice's Inspector General released a recent report that concluded the Department committed 17 key errors and abused its authority in seeking a FISA surveillance warrant on Page.
Page and Papadopoulos would be crucial witnesses in the Sessions perjury investigation, indictment, and prosecution.
Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee have asked the FBI to investigate whether Sessions committed perjury during his testimony. Perjury is a crime punishable by up to five years in prison. It occurs when a person lies about a material fact under oath during a hearing or trial.
If Jeff Sessions has committed perjury, will President Trump demand that current Attorney General William Barr indict and prosecute the former Attorney General who deserted his Commander-in-Chief while Trump was literally fighting for his life during the Mueller investigation?
President Trump may well follow the example of Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who survived an attempted coup d’état several years ago. Erdogan rounded up all of the leaders of that coup, charged them with the appropriate crimes, prosecuted them to the fullest extent of the law, and imprisoned them. If Trump follows Erdogan's lead, Jeff Sessions' head will definitely be on the chopping block, along with the heads of Robert Mueller, former FBI director James Comey, and the FBI agents Trump has called "scum."