“U.S. A.G Recuse Himself; Another Turmoil in Trump’s White House; Hacked E-mail Account”
LEMON: Our breaking news, Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaking out tonight in the wake of his announcement he’ll recuse himself from any investigation related to the Trump campaign.
I want to bring in Robert Ray, he’s a former federal prosecutor and independent counsel for the Whitewater investigation, also Ron Nehring, he’s a former national spokesman for Ted Cruz’s campaign, Brian Fallon, who was Hillary Clinton’s campaign press secretary, and Richard Painter, chief White House ethics lawyer under President George W. Bush.
Gentlemen, so glad to have you on. Robert, I’m going to start with you. First on the attorney general, he maintains that he didn’t lie to Congress. What did you think, did he perjure himself as some democrats are saying or is this going a bit too far?
ROBERT RAY, FORMER FEDERAL PROSECUTOR: That’s overstated. I mean, I don’t want to say that. It’s an irresponsible comment. But I think in context I agree with the former Attorney General Mike Mukasey. And I think the president got it right, too. I don’t think there’s any intention to mislead, you know.
And anyone who think that what he, you know, the little that he did say would warrant that perjury prosecution doesn’t anything about perjury prosecutions or prosecuting false statement cases, it’s very difficult to do.
[22:20:01] And that, you know, really the issue here is not that. The issue really are the underlying facts and what the context were and so on and so forth. And I imagine now that the attorney general has recused himself, the ordinary processes of the Department of Justice will get at, you know, whether there is an issue here or there isn’t an issue here.