U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has become infamous for his “possum memory.” He claims that he has never lied under oath, and yet time and time again he is forced into admitting that he was present for meetings that he claims he had somehow forgotten about.
During a recent hearing, Democratic Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of New York cornered Sessions in dramatic fashion about his trademark “selective forgetting.”
In front of Sessions, Rep. Jeffries went over all the many instances where Sessions claimed while under oath that he was unable to recall specifics of many past events, particularly those that involved interaction between Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russian operatives. He then mentioned an interview Sessions gave on Fox where he said that purposefully failing to recall key information could be used as evidence of perjury. Said Hakeem, “During an interview with Lou Dobbs, you criticized Hillary Clinton for saying, ‘I can’t remember’ approximately 35 times. You also stated during that Lou Dobbs interview that the intentional failure to remember can constitute perjury. Mr. Attorney General, do you still believe that the intentional failure to remember can constitute a criminal act?” Conceded Jeff, “If it’s an act to deceive, yes.”
Rep. Jeffries them directed attention to a speech Sessions gave in 1999 where he mentioned prosecuting a police officer who lied during a deposition. Like Sessions at a few points this year, the cop had corrected his false testimony. Said the congressman, “While serving as U.S. attorney, you once prosecuted a young police officer who lied in a deposition. In that speech you decided to prosecute that young police officer even though he corrected his testimony. You testified under oath in January. You subsequently corrected that testimony in a March 6th written submission, and have been forced repeatedly to come back to the Senate and now the House to clarify… The Attorney General of the United States of America should not be held to a different standard than the young police officer whose life you ruined by prosecuting him for perjury.” Are you happy Rep. Jeffries called Sessions out so bluntly? Watch the full exchange below: