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Was Jeff Sessions right to protect the president’s privacy?

Screen shot from CBS News' YouTube video: Attorney General Jeff Sessions defends his testimony regarding Russia

Wednesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee. His hearing got rather heated at times, as the Democrats on the committee pressed Sessions to reveal the contents of conversations he has had with the president, in private, on several issues. They most notably wanted information on the firing of former FBI Director James Comey. Sessions, while not outright claiming executive privilege, refused to answer those questions because they were private conversations with the president, leaving the committee and the country to wonder what was said in those conversations. His refusal to answer has further enraged the left, and reinforced their belief that something criminal happened in the firing of James Comey. This forces one to wonder: Should Attorney General Jeff Sessions, for the good of the country, have answered those questions?

Those who feel the attorney general should have answered the committee’s questions feel that he had no legal right to not answer the questions. They see in the attorney general, a man trying to cover up for the president and himself, by not answering. Plus, they feel that Jeff Sessions is more interested in acting like the president’s lawyer than doing what is best for the country. Finally, the president and attorney general are government employees, the taxpayers pay their salaries and, because of that, the public has a right to know what took place in those conversations.

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