Saturday 18 November 2017

Saga over attorney general's Russia contacts proof that Trump presidency is amateur hour

Jeff Sessions testifies during his confirmation hearing in the Senate Picture: AFP/Getty
Jeff Sessions testifies during his confirmation hearing in the Senate Picture: AFP/Getty

Aaron Blake

Jeff Sessions is a lawyer. As attorney general, he is America's top law enforcement officer. He has been a state attorney general and United States attorney, too.

All of which makes his now-contradicted denials of contact with the Russians completely inexplicable. How could a man who is supposed to be so studied at the law take the stand . . . under oath . . . at a confirmation hearing . . . and not be precise with his words?

It all suggests, yet again, a Trump administration that can't shoot straight. The big question is whether that's due to actual malice or gross incompetence. And neither is a good option.

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