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Thursday News: Sessions Apparently Lied Under Oath; VA Republican “Rolls Out the Unwelcome Mat”

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by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Thursday, March 2.

    • Jim B

      Looks like old Jeffery would do anything to become AG so he could stick it to black people, gays, transgender, pot smokers and allow the Trumps to loot the treasury for starters. Of course he is not alone as the whole republican party is complicit.

  • Video: 7 Fairfax County Board members vote to screw over the county’s schools…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EfCtJlmDnAE&t=48s

  • Tom Perriello Statement on President Trump’s Visit to Virginia

    Today, ahead of President Trump’s visit to Hampton Roads, Tom Perriello, Democratic candidate for governor of Virginia, issued the following statement:

    “President Trump may need to build his own ship to survive the flood of information about contacts with Russia, blatant falsehoods about American heroes, and broken promises about jobs and programs that don’t materialize. Virginians can’t trust Trump. Instead we must resist the dangerous, divisive agenda he is promoting and keep Virginia a firewall against it.”

  • Don Beyer demands Jeff Sessions’ immediate resignation:

    “Jeff Sessions disqualified himself to lead our Department of Justice when he lied before Congress in his confirmation hearings. He should resign immediately. The nation’s law enforcement must be above reproach; it cannot be when its highest officer perjured himself before Congress in hiding interactions with Russian officials.

    “Senator Sessions would not have accepted this willful dishonesty from another nominee and there is no reason he should be treated differently. The shifting explanations from the Department of Justice about Attorney General Sessions’ false statements further undermine his ability to serve. If the conversations he had with the Russian Ambassador are as unmemorable and inconsequential as he says, then certainly there was no reason to lie about them under oath.”

  • Republican Rep. Barbara Comstock calls for Sessions to recuse himself

    http://bluevirginia.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/comstocksessionsrecusal.jpg

  • Sen. Tim Kaine statement on Jeff Sessions:

    “President Trump’s chief national security advisor was recently forced to resign because he lied about his contacts with the Russian government. Now there is strong evidence that the nation’s chief law enforcement official, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, held meetings with Russian governmental officials and misled the Senate Judiciary Committee about those contacts during his confirmation hearing. This is deeply disturbing and demonstrates, once again, the need for a full and independent investigation into all contacts between the Trump Campaign, the Trump Administration, and the Russian government.

    “Attorney General Sessions must heed bipartisan calls to recuse himself from all aspects of this investigation because he is too compromised to guarantee objectivity and independence. He should be called before the Judiciary Committee to explain his misleading testimony. If he refuses to publicly explain his misleading answers, or if his answers are not satisfactory, I will call for his resignation.‎”

  • DVPA statement on Trump’s Visit to Virginia:

    “In the past 42 days of his presidency, Virginians have watched a Republican president tear families apart, roll back regulations that hurt working families and put the interests of the wealthy over those of the middle class. Furthermore, not a day has gone by that this administration hasn’t been riddled with scandal, falsehoods and misinformation that is putting our country’s national security and economic well-being at stake. Just today, we learned that Attorney General Jeff Sessions may have misled the Judiciary Committee about alleged meetings with officials from the Russian government. This is deeply disturbing news, and Sessions should immediately recuse himself from the investigation and be made to answer to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

    “Republicans like Ed Gillespie and Corey Stewart aren’t safe when they are running in the shadow of Trump, and the entire GOP field needs to separate themselves from the divisive and dangerous policies that are hurting the economic and national security of Virginia.”

  • Dan Rather

    Every once in a while in Washington, the fuse is lit for what seems to be a big scandal. Much more rarely does that fuse lead to an explosion of the magnitude we are seeing with Russia and the new Administration, and frankly the Republicans in Congress. How can anybody say, with all this billowing smoke and sights of actual flames, that there is no need to at least independently investigate whether a fire is burning down the very pillars of our democracy?

    The pressure is obviously starting to mount as leading Republicans are now calling for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to recuse himself from the Russia investigation. This comes in the wake of serious and credible evidence reported by a vigilant press that the Attorney General, mind you the top law enforcement man in the United States, perjured himself in testimony to the Senate about meeting the Russian ambassador during the election. Sessions is but the latest person close to President Trump who seems to be ensnared in a story that is more worthy of Hollywood melodrama than the reality of the governance of our country. Democrats are calling for Sessions to resign, and this story could move very quickly.

    We are well past the time for any political niceties or benefits of the doubt. We need an independent and thorough investigation of Russia’s meddling in our democracy and its ties to the President and his allies. We don’t know what we don’t know. Perhaps there are perfectly innocuous reasons for why Mr Trump won’t release his tax returns, why he has continued to speak admirably about President Putin and why his aides and advisors seem to be so close to Russia. That’s why we need an investigation. If the air is to be cleared, it needs to be cleared. And if there is deep rot, it needs to be exposed. And quickly.

    The press is doing an admirable job. But there is only so much it can do without such things as subpoena powers. Let’s just make this clear. This is about a foreign and hostile power trying to influence our election while being in contact with close aides to the presidential campaign that the Kremlin wanted to win. Furthermore, there are serious questions about Mr Trump’s longstanding ties to Russian money and influence peddlers. We don’t know where this might go, but it isn’t going away.

  • wahoo

    re: Tom Garrett’s town hall

    The university democrats at UVA booked a room with three times the capacity on the same day and at the same time as Garrett’s townhall. He has been offered that space if he would like to open up the town hall to more attendants.

    https://www.facebook.com/demsatuva/

  • Congressman McEachin Calls for Sessions to Resign

    WASHINGTON – Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) called for Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ resignation following reports that Sessions lied under oath to the Senate Judiciary Committee during his confirmation hearings:

    “Attorney General Sessions needs to resign. Sessions lied under oath to his peers in the Senate and needs to be investigated. Our nation’s top attorney cannot simultaneously be the subject of an investigation and be trusted to lead impartial investigations concerning other judicial matters.

    “I was concerned about his capacity to serve as the Attorney General before. Now, I know that my colleagues and I were right to stand against his confirmation. The President stated that he has ‘total’ confidence in Sessions and that is incomprehensible to me.

    “This is yet another connection between this administration and Russia. Hundreds of my constituents have called about their concerns with this Administrations’ coziness to Russia. I stand with my constituents and my colleagues in a call for an independent, bipartisan investigation.”

  • JUSTIN FAIRFAX FOR LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR CAMPAIGN LAUNCHES ‘WOMEN FOR FAIRFAX,’ LIST OF DEMOCRATIC ENDORSEMENTS

    ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA—- Today, the Fairfax campaign released a list of top Democratic officials, all women, who have endorsed Justin Fairfax to be the next Lieutenant Governor of Virginia. These powerful women are from all across the Commonwealth and range from activists to state legislators to businesswomen.

    Justin Fairfax released this statement on the endorsements:

    “I am humbled and grateful to have the support so many powerful women who are political and civic leaders from throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. With new threats to our rights, it is imperative that the rights of women be a priority here in Virginia. I am committed to the fight for equality that women deserve in all areas– education, the economy, and healthcare, to name a few. Equal pay, reproductive rights, and entrepreneurship opportunities are just some of the ways that we have focused on women in this campaign. As Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, I will advocate to ensure that women’s voices are heard in Virginia.

    “All of the ‘Women for Fairfax’ are helping to make Virginia’s economy stronger and improve the lives of Virginians every day. Together, we will continue our progress in order to ensure that the the economy of our Commonwealth remains stable and allows security for all Virginians.”

    Women for Fairfax

    Dr. Cerina Fairfax, DDS, Honorary Chair, Women for Fairfax, Fairfax

    Mamie Locke, PhD, State Senator, Chair, Senate Democratic Caucus, Hampton

    Rosalyn R. Dance, State Senator, Petersburg

    L. Louise Lucas, State Senator, Portsmouth

    Lashrecse Aird, Delegate, Petersburg

    Marcia “Cia” Price, Delegate, Newport News & Hampton

    Mary T. Christian, PhD, Former Delegate, Activist, Hampton

    Lisa Merkle, Mayor, Herndon

    Karen Jimmerson, Vice-Mayor, Purcellville

    Phyllis J. Randall, Chair Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, Loudon

    Kristen Umstattd, Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, Loudoun

    Penny Gross, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, Fairfax

    Katie Cristol, Vice-Chair, Arlington County Board of Supervisors, Arlington

    Cassandra Conover, Commonwealth’s Attorney, Petersburg

    Theo Stamos, Commonwealth’s Attorney, Arlington

    Stephanie Morales, Commonwealth’s Attorney, Portsmouth

    Stacey A. Kincaid, Sheriff, Fairfax

    Vanessa Crawford, Sheriff, Petersburg

    Sheila Williamson-Branch, City Treasurer, Danville

    Angelia Williams Graves, City Councilwoman, Norfolk

    Kimberly Gray, City Councilwoman, Richmond

    Sheila Olem, Councilwoman, Herndon

    Ella Ward, EdD, City Councilwoman, Chesapeake

    Veronica Nolan, Alexandria School Board, Alexandria

    Tamara Shewmake, Chief Administrator, Portsmouth Commonwealth Attorney’s Office

    Joyce Glaise, Former Danville City Councilwoman, Danville

    Eva Teig Hardy, Community Leader, Richmond

    Gaylene Kanoyton, Activist, Hampton

    Atima Omara, Former President, Young Democrats of America, Arlington

    Lavern Chatman, Former Congressional Candidate, Arlington

    Tilly Blanding, Candidate for Virginia House of Delegates (HD-42), Civil Rights Activist, Fairfax

    Sheila Bynum-Coleman, Candidate for Virginia House of Delegates (HD-62), President of R.H. Coleman Enterprises, Chesterfield

    Bettina Lawton, Former Candidate for Clerk of Court for Fairfax City & County, Vienna

    Kenya A. Savage, Former Candidate for Loudoun County School Board, Education Advocate, Fairfax

    Trish White-Boyd, Former Candidate for City Council, Roanoke

    Karen Keys-Gamarra, Former Candidate for Fairfax County School Board, Fairfax

    Andrea Bailey, Former Candidate for Prince William County Board of Supervisors, Prince William

    Jen Little, 6th Congressional District

    Mary Ann Hovis, Activist, Fairfax

    Eucharia “Ukay” Jackson, Community Leader, Richmond

    Kimberly Adams, Educator, Fairfax

    Sindy Benavides, Activist & Organizer, Stafford

    Rachel Rifkind, Activist, Fairfax

    Alice Tong, Activist, Alexandria

    Alicia Plerhoples, Associate Professor, Georgetown Law School, Activist, McLean

    Amy Mudge, Attorney, Arlington

    Barbara Jazzo, Activist, Arlington

    Candace Bennett, Activist, Fairfax

    Catherine S. Read, Community Activist, Fairfax

    Deloris Thomas, Activist, Newport News

    Dianne Carter de Mayo, Chair, Gloucester Dems, Gloucester

    Ella Jordan, Activist, Charlottesville

    Gaea Honeycutt, G.L. Honeycutt Consulting, Alexandria

    Hanh Deniston, Activist, Colonial Heights

    Janel Hofler, Activist, Portsmouth

    Jewel Gatling, Activist, Suffolk

    Joyce Ward, Community Volunteer Leader, Fairfax

    Julia Tanner, Mobile phone executive, Arlington

    Karen Gregory-Williams, Community Leader, Henrico

    Monika L. Jones, Community Leader, Alexandria

    Nadja Golding, Activist, McLean

    Nancy Simmons, Activist, Fairfax

    Ora McCoy, Community Leader, Appomattox

    Susan Thomas, Activist

    Suzanne Stern, Activist, Hampton Roads, Williamsburg

    Taylor Chapman, Attorney, Arlington

    Trina McLaughlin, Chamber of Commerce, Danville

    Kiah Spinks, Esq., Attorney, Prince William

    Karen Turner McWilliams, Esq., President, Reston Chapter Jack & Jill of America, Inc., Fairfax

    Vernida R. Chaney, Esq., Chaney Law Firm PLLC, Fairfax

    Virginia W. Hoptman, Esq., Founder, BeyondConflict, LLC, Shenandoah

    Willie Thornhill, Community Leader, Appomattox

    Syd Dorsey, Consultant, Richmond

    Tanja Thompson, Retired US Air Force, Loudoun

    Bernadine Futrell, PhD, Community Leader, Prince William

    Colleen M. Haddow, Esq. Partner at DiPietro Family Law Group, Arlington

    Linda Stephens-Jones, Radio Talk Host, Fairfax

    Karen Gregory-Williams, Community Leader, Henrico

    Jane M. Reynolds, Esq., Attorney, Prince William

    Lakeila Stemmons, Principal & CEO Stemmons Strategies, Fairfax

    Colita Fairfax, PhD, Scholar and Community Leader, Hampton

    Janel Hofler, Portsmouth

    Jewel Gatling, Suffolk

    Carmen L. Powell, Business Owner, Fairfax

    Casey Erin Lucier, Esq. Attorney, McGuireWoods LLP, Richmond

    Taylor Chapman, Esq., Attorney, Fairfax

    Maggie Lynch Selwood, Esq., Attorney, Fairfax

    Donna M. Ivey, Founder/Administrator, I-CARE, Inc., Loudoun