'The O'Reilly Factor': Bill O'Reilly's Talking Points 3/2/2017
"One footnote - not one single Democrat in Congress called for then Attorney General Loretta Lynch to recuse herself from the Hillary Clinton investigation after she met with Bill Clinton at a Phoenix airport," O'Reilly said.
He concluded: "There was no call for recusal by the Democrats. So, once again, hypocrisy is on full display."
BILL O'REILLY: Okay, here's the deal - the Democratic Party, and much of the national press, want to produce evidence that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government in defeating Hillary Clinton.
There is no question about that.
Because of the Russia hacking - a serious issue - there were hearings held in Congress.
And by extension, when Senator Jeff Sessions testified at his confirmation hearing for attorney general, the Russian issue came up:
SEN. AL FRANKEN (D-MN): “If there is any evidence that anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign communicated with the Russian government in the course of this campaign, what will you do?”
THEN-SEN. JEFF SESSIONS, (R-AL): “Senator Franken, I’m not aware of any of those activities. I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign and I did not have communications with the Russians and I’m unable to comment on it.”
Last night, the Washington Post published a story that said then-Senator Sessions did meet with the Russian Ambassador twice last year.
But if you were listening closely, the question was about the Trump campaign, not the former senator's duties on the Armed Services Committee.
Today in a press conference, the attorney general reiterated that. He was answering the Russian question in the context of the Trump campaign.
He said he did nothing wrong, told the truth but is recusing himself from the case:
JEFF SESSIONS, U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL: “My staff recommended recusal. They said that since I was involved with the campaign I should not be involved in any campaign investigation. I have studied the rules and considered their comments and evaluation. I believe those recommendations are right and just. Therefore, I have recused myself in the matters that deal with the Trump campaign.”
Talking Points believes that Mr. Sessions did the right thing.
The FBI is currently investigating whether Russians influenced the presidential vote and who was involved.
The investigation has to be above reproach, and that's why the attorney general is out of it.
One footnote - not one single Democrat in Congress called for then Attorney General Loretta Lynch to recuse herself from the Hillary Clinton investigation after she met with Bill Clinton at a Phoenix airport.
There was no call for recusal by the Democrats.
So, once again, hypocrisy is on full display.
Now here's what should happen going forward.
The FBI should continue its investigation, and Director Comey should testify in front of Congress.
If, during that testimony, there is evidence that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians, then a special prosecutor should be appointed.
That's what should happen. A methodical investigation by the FBI and a determination by Congress whether a special independent probe is necessary.
I think that is a fair, honest and efficient game plan in this political climate.
Finally, even though the press does want to destroy President Trump, the American people should want to know if there were any secret dealings with the Russians during the campaign.
That's an important story that should be defined.