Attorney Richard Herman on Sessions: ‘He Gave an Incorrect Answer; It Was Perjury’

‘It was a lie’

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WHITFIELD: “All right, let's bring in our legal guys. Avery in Cleveland. Good to see you. And Richard in New York, joining us from Las Vegas. Good to see you as well. All right, so, just to refresh everyone's memory, let's listen again to the confirmation hearing question that's being made a reference point when senator Al Franken asked then Senator Sessions before confirmation, this was back in January. “
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FRANKEN: “And if there is any evidence that anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign communicated with the Russian government in the course of this campaign, what will you do?”
SESSIONS: “Senator Franken, I'm not aware of any of those activities. I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign and I did not have communications with the Russians. And I'm unable to comment.”
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WHITFIELD: “All right, so, Richard, you first. Sessions says that answer was correct as he understood it at the time. Is it the phrasing that's key. In your opinion.”
HERMAN: “It's not. It's an objection. Failure to respond to the question, judge. He didn't answer the question. He threw out what looked like a prepared response here. Fred, the elephant in the room here is to what extent if any did the Trump, was the Trump campaign comply sit with the attack on our process. That's the issue. People surrounding trump have ties with the Russians. They're being investigated. The question here to the proposed attorney general was what would he do if he saw someone have those ties. He offered himself up on a platter. He gave an incorrect answer. It was perjury, Fred, it was a lie. It was an overactive occurring, the question is, the intent aspect of it and he had opportunity to amend that answer after reviewing the trypsin of his testimony. He never did, Fred. He never did until he was caught by "The Washington Post." Now, at this stage, he wants to modify and clarify. It's like you rob a bank and six months later, they catch you and you say, oh, here's the money, I didn't mean to rob the bank. He committed a crime, Fred. He's the attorney general. It's incomprehensible.”

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