- - Tuesday, June 13, 2017

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The Democrats are addicted to cotton candy, and there’s no scarcity of cotton candy on the Washington midway. But once someone bites into a cloud of cotton candy, the cloud dissolves in a flash, leaving only a splash of goo.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions answered questions again Tuesday about his relations, such as they are, with “the Russians,” and once more there was no hint of sugar but lots of Democratic goo.

The Democrats on the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee drew another blank, and at the end of the day the questions were stale and the answers were necessarily tedious. The Democratic senators continued to pursue the idea that Donald Trump sold out America to the Russians, and once more the dead end yielded nothing but more hopeful speculation.

Mr. Sessions, whose patient, polite Southern demeanor for once yielded to righteous anger, called the suggestion that he colluded with the Russians “a detestable lie.” Sometimes patience collects no reward.

“The suggestion that I participated in any collusion or that I was aware of any collusion with the Russian government to hurt this country, which I have served with honor for over 35 years, or to undermine the integrity of our democratic process, is an appalling and detestable lie.”

He had earlier said he recalled meeting Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak on two occasions while he was a senator from Alabama, and Tuesday said he did not recall a third meeting, which Democrats suggested occurred at the Mayflower Hotel in downtown Washington in April 2016 when Mr. Sessions was there for a foreign-policy speech by Donald Trump.

“I did not have any private meetings, nor do I recall any conversations with any Russians officials at the Mayflower Hotel,” he testified Tuesday. “I may have had an encounter during the reception, but that would have been the extent of any communication.”

Indeed, government officials and foreign diplomats often meet at such receptions. That’s what senators and ambassadors do, “interact” over the table with shrimps and other delicacies, and neither a senator nor an ambassador can be expected to remember whether he speared one shrimp, or two or even three, while exchanging pleasantries with whomever he meets there. (The cauliflower florets and cheese balls encrusted with pecan bits are usually delicious at such receptions, too.)

Senators asked again about James Comey’s account of a meeting in the Oval Office, when President Trump dismissed Mr. Sessions and others and asked Mr. Comey to stay behind. “My sense was the attorney general knew he shouldn’t be leaving, which is why he was lingering.” This was the meeting, Mr. Comey testified earlier, when the president asked him to go easy in an FBI investigation of Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn, the president’s first national security adviser.

“I was standing there and without revealing any conversation that took place, what I do recall is, I did depart. I believe everyone else did depart and Director Comey was standing in front of the president’s desk and they were talking. That is in itself not problematic.”

Of course it isn’t, except in the Democratic fantasies of destroying a president by any means necessary. So far, with all the huffing, puffing, burping and squawking, there’s been no evidence of sell-out, to Russia, Upper Volta, Lower Slobbovia, or anywhere else. But by Democratic logic, the fact that no evidence has been found is proof that the evidence is still to be discovered. The pursuit of partisan futility continues.

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