Email #89, Subject: “very important that the public knows the truth”?

Last July you demanded an investigation into whether Hillary Clinton lied before Congress. You told the U.S. Attorney for DC:

“The evidence collected by the FBI during its investigation of Secretary Clinton’s use of a personal email system appears to directly contradict several aspects of her sworn testimony. In light of those contradictions, the Department should investigate and determine whether to prosecute Secretary Clinton for violating statutes that prohibit perjury and false statements to Congress, or any other relevant statutes.”

You repeated your demand multiple times to the press. You told Roanoke’s WDBJ in August: “It is in my opinion, very important that the public knows the truth with regard to actions taken by one of the highest appointments in the land, the Secretary of State.”

Attorney General is also one of the “highest appointments in the land,” and collected evidence regarding Sessions’ communications with Russia also appears to directly contradict aspects of his sworn testimony. I assume then that you will be writing to the U.S. Attorney for DC again demanding that the Department investigate and determine whether to prosecute Attorney General Sessions for violating the same statues? A failure to do so would suggest that your previous condemnation of Clinton was not based on ethics but was only a political attack disguised as principled outrage.

Of course your letter would not be a condemnation of the Attorney General, only a request for an investigation, something any member of Congress, regardless of party, should support—even the Attorney General himself. Last month you congratulated Mr. Sessions and commended the Senate for confirming him, adding:

“Our nation’s top law enforcement officer has a solemn duty to ensure the rule of law and protect the American people by executing our laws impartially and fully. Senator Sessions is a man of integrity and is committed to enforcing our nation’s laws. His dedication to constitutional principles will help restore the integrity of the Department of Justice….”

As chair of the House Judiciary Committee, it is also your solemn duty to act impartially. To your credit, you have already commended Attorney General Sessions for recusing himself and avoiding “even the appearance of impropriety in order to ensure the American people have confidence in our justice system.”

But there remains a very high appearance of impropriety regarding his own sworn testimony, and so fair and thorough investigation is required to main America’s confidence not only in the justice system but in the integrity of government over all.

Please show your constituents that your actions are based on principles and not politics. I look forward to reading your next letter to U.S. Attorney of DC.

Author: Chris Gavaler

Chris Gavaler is an associate professor at W&L University, comics editor of Shenandoah, and series editor of Bloomsbury Critical Guides in Comics Studies. He has published two novels: School for Tricksters (SMU 2011) and Pretend I’m Not Here (HarperCollins 2002); and six books of scholarship: On the Origin of Superheroes (Iowa 2015), Superhero Comics (Bloomsbury 2017), Superhero Thought Experiments (with Nathaniel Goldberg, Iowa 2019), Revising Fiction, Fact, and Faith (with Nathaniel Goldberg, Routledge 2020), Creating Comics (with Leigh Ann Beavers, Bloomsbury 2021), and The Comics Form (Bloomsbury forthcoming). His visual work appears in Ilanot Review, North American Review, Aquifer, and other journals.

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