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DOJ Turns Its Homework In Late

DOJ Turns Its Homework In Late

The Justice Department missed a deadline imposed on them to release a security clearance form dealing with Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ contacts with foreign governments. On June 12th, a judge had ordered the agency to provide the information within 30 days, and that deadline passed on Wednesday.
But on Thursday morning, a day late, the Justice Department released the form to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Part of the form asks the question: “Have you or any of your immediate family in the past seven (7) years [bold font in original] had any contact with a foreign government, its establishment (such as embassy, consulate, agency, military service, intelligence or security service, etc.) or its representatives, whether inside or outside the U.S.?”
Sessions checked “No.”
The catalyst for this release came from a watchdog group called American Oversight. They filed a Freedom of Information Act request in March for sections of the Standard Form 86 which related to Session’s contact “with any official of the Russian government.”
The group also filed a lawsuit in April after it reported that the government didn’t provide the documents. “Jeff Sessions is our nation’s top law enforcement officer, and it is shocking one of his first acts after being named Attorney General was to mislead his own agency about a matter of national security,” the group’s executive director, Austin Evers, said in a statement.
This Standard Form 86, or more commonly known as SF86, is the same security clearance form that presidential adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner had to revise after he omitted meetings with Russian officials.
Sessions has admitted to speaking with Russia’s ambassador, Sergey Kislyak, at least twice in 2016. But on June, Sessions testified to senators that the “suggestion that I participated in any collusion” with the Russian government “is an appalling and detestable lie.” The Justice Department has reported that Jeff Sessions “was instructed [by the FBI investigator handling the background check] not to list meetings with foreign dignitaries and their staff connected with his Senate activities.”
The watchdog group, American Oversight, maintains that they are nonpartisan, but the staff has connections to Democrats, according to USA Today.
Do you think Jeff Sessions is going to be cleared, or will he be found guilty of wrongdoing?
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