The Resistance News
March 19, 2017
In the debate over Senator Jeff Sessions’ nomination for Attorney General, the Senate ruled Sen. Elizabeth Warren was ‘impugning’ on his character after she tried to read a scathing letter written about him by the late Coretta Scott King.
Vox reported that (source):
“When Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) read from it late Tuesday night, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) found her in violation of Senate Rule 19 — an obscure and rarely enforced restriction barring senators from using “any form of words [to] impute” the motives of another senator during floor debate. The Republican Senate then voted to prevent Warren from speaking for the rest of the debate over Sessions’s confirmation.
But around 10 the next morning, Sens. Tom Udall (D-NM) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) went to the floor and read King’s letter, including portions of it that directly attacked Sessions. This time, McConnell decided against using Rule 19 to cut off Udall or Brown — even though both of the Democratic senators were certainly also “imputing” Sessions’s record.
What changed since Warren’s speech was about 12 hours of relentlessly negative press and social media coverage about the decision to censure her. “It backfired badly,” said Sarah Binder, a congressional scholar at the Brookings Institution. “McConnell has every incentive to get these nominees into office as quickly and quietly as possible. By trying to do it more quietly, he in fact ginned up much more attention.””
A few monehs later, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to step down following revelations that he spoke to the Russian ambassador to the United States twice over the last year, reports Politico. Apart from Warren Nanc Pelosi, the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, and other Dems are calling for the same.
Sessions, who earlier, at the confirmation hearing for Attorney General position, said he did not meet the Russian ambassador, but when caught toi have met many times, recused himself, from the investigation into the Russia Gate scandal. The scandal is about Trump and Putin relationship, that looks most likely to have broken the law.
Trump, in his many runs-in with Warren, called Warren “Pocahontas” & challenged Warren to show proof of her Native American link. Warren’s has roots in distance blood linked to a person, who is a Native American of a tribe, with proof of a family letter mentioning a marriage to Native America, which in distance future, resulted in warren, but there is no official registration of any kind. However, historian noted, this is not unusual since we are talking about a very long time ago in history, where records are often family related records.
Sessions is an American politician and lawyer who is the 84th Attorney General of the United States. Sessions served as the junior United States Senator from Alabama from 1997 until 2017, and is a member of the Republican Party. From 1981 to 1993, he served as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama, in 1993 he was asked to resign from his job as the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama by Bill Clinton two months into the president’s first term. Sessions was nominated in 1986 to be a judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama, but his nomination failed due to criticism of his record on civil rights, as well as allegations that he had made racially insensitive remarks. Sessions was elected Attorney General of Alabama in 1994, and to the U.S. Senate in 1996, being re-elected in 2002, 2008, and 2014.
Politico Reports (source):
In a tweet storm, Warren called for Sessions to resign and for a special prosecutor to investigate the Trump administration’s ties to Russia.
“It’s a simple q: ‘Have you been in contact with anyone connected to any part of the Russian government about the 2016 election?’” Warren tweeted. “Jeff Sessions answered ‘No.’ Turns out he met with the Russian Ambassador. Two months before the election.”
“This is not normal. This is not fake news. This is a very real & serious threat to the national security of the United States,” Warren continued. “We need a special prosecutor totally independent of the AG. We need a real, bipartisan, transparent Congressional investigation into Russia. And we need Attorney General Jeff Sessions – who should have never been confirmed in the first place – to resign. We need it now.”
The Washington Post on Wednesday reported that Sessions spoke privately with Russia’s ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak, in September. He also spoke with Kislyak and other ambassadors during an event in July.
A spokeswoman for Sessions told the newspaper that the then-senator was acting as an Armed Services Committee member rather than as a Trump surrogate at the time.
Warren joins other prominent Democrats who have called for Sessions to resign, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) and Rep. Elijah Cummings (Md.).
Sessions said in a statement late Wednesday: “I never met with any Russian officials to discuss issues of the campaign. I have no idea what this allegation is about. It is false.”
Fake news is a type of hoax or deliberate spread of misinformation, be it via the traditional news media or via social media, with the intent to mislead in order to gain financially or politically. It often employs eye-catching headlines or entirely fabricated news-stories in order to increase readership and, in the case of internet-based stories, online sharing. In the latter case, profit is made in a similar fashion to clickbait and relies on ad-revenue generated regardless of the veracity of the published stories. Easy access to ad-revenue, increased political polarization and the ubiquity of social media, primarily the Facebook newsfeed have been implicated in the spread of fake news. Anonymously-hosted fake news websites lacking known publishers have also been implicated, because they make it difficult to prosecute sources of fake news for libel or slander.