My predictions for Tuesday’s testimony by Attorney General Jeff Sessions …


Q:           Mr. Sessions, do you recall a meeting in the Oval Office on February 14, 2017?

A:            Yes.

Q:           With you at that time were the President, Mr. Comey, the Vice President, and Jared Kushner, correct?

A:            Yes.

Q:           When the meeting ended, Mr. Trump asked Mr. Comey to stay while the others, including you, left the room, correct?

A:            That is correct. He’s the President of the United States. He’s allowed to have anyone with him that he chooses, whenever he chooses. He won a landslide election in the Electoral College.

Q:          When Mr. Trump asked that the room be cleared, other than for Mr. Comey, you lingered nonetheless, correct?

A:            Yes.

Q:           Because you knew it would be wrong to leave Mr. Comey alone with Mr. Trump, given that Mr. Comey worked under you.

A:            No, that would not be wrong. The President of the United States can talk to anyone he wants to, with or without others present.

Q:           Still, even after his instructions for the rest of you to clear out, you lingered, didn’t you?

A:            Well, I guess so.

Q:           Then he ordered you out of the room, right?

A:            (No response)

Q:           Mr. Sessions, he told you to leave, right?

A:            In a way. He said “I hoped I could have a private conversation with Mr. Comey,” looking at me, so I left.

Q:           And, as Mr. Comey said, you stood outside the door of the Oval Office, there with the Vice President and Mr. Kushner, correct?

A:            Correct.

Q:           From where you could not hear what the President said to Mr. Comey or how Mr. Comey responded, correct?

A:            Well …

Q:           Could you hear their conversation?

A:            No, not really?

Q:           Could you hear it at all?

A:            No.

Q:           At one point during that conversation, Mr. Kushner opened the door for a second, stuck his head in, and came out, as Mr. Comey has testified, correct?

A:            Maybe?

Q:           You didn’t notice him do that?

A:            I was talking to the Vice President.

Q:           What did you say to the Vice President and what did he say to you?

A:            He asked me “What’s going on?” And I said “damned if I know.”

Q:           You were both troubled by the president’s behavior, weren’t you?

A:            He has a right to do whatever he wants.

Q:           Does the president have the right to break the law?

A:            (No response.)

Q:           You’re the top law enforcement official in the United States. Does a president have the right to break the law?

A:            It’s not breaking a law to express a hope than an investigation comes to a swift conclusion.

Q:           Do the obstruction of justice laws apply to all Americans equally?

A:            What do you mean by “equally”?

Q:           Do the obstruction of justice laws apply to the president?

A:            I suppose so, but remember Clinton’s emails.

Q:           What?

A:            Oh, never mind.

Q:           After Mr. Comey’s private meeting with Mr. Trump, did Mr. Comey later ask you never to put him in the position again where he was left alone with Mr. Trump?

A:            He did.

Q:           Did you respond?

A:            No, because Mr. Trump is president, and he can have any kind of meeting he wants. Mr. Comey could have resigned immediately as FBI Director if he felt that President Trump had done something wrong.

Q:           In your view, should a foreign government be allowed to interfere in a United States election?

A:            There is no current investigation of Mr. Trump, which Mr. Comey repeated three times.

Q:           Should a foreign government be allowed to interfere in a United States election? Yes or no?

A:            I just answered that. You ask the same question and you’ll get the same answer. Mr. Comey has fully exonerated Mr. Trump. Three times. Anything else is fake news.

Q:           Was it “fake news” that Mr. Trump had a private meeting with your subordinate in the Oval Office, a meeting from which you were expressly excluded?

A:            And anyway, I had recused myself from the Russia thing. So if I was recused, why would I be in that meeting?

Q:           So you knew that Mr. Trump was going to address “the Russia thing,” didn’t you?

A:            I didn’t say that.

Q:           Mr. Trump was very angry with you when you recused yourself, correct?

A:            I refuse to testify about private conversations that I had with Mr. Trump, who has been fully exonerated already. Three times.

Q:           You considered resigning, given Mr. Trump’s anger, correct?

A:            I have full confidence in our president, who won in a landslide election. And did you see those massive crowds on Inauguration Day? Largest in the history of the world. Of the universe.

Q:           I have many more questions, but I’m out of time.

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About brucejberger

Bruce J. Berger has published his short fiction in a variety of print and on-line literary journals, including Prole, Jersey Devil Press Anthology, The Awakenings Review, Raphael's Village, Eastown Fiction, Black Magnolias Literary Journal, and others. He also publishes shorts stories for Amazon's Kindle. He is pursuing his MFA in Creative Writing at American University beginning in August 2015.
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