When the Attorney General of the United States can't be trusted:
"I asked the attorney general whether he was ever instructed by the president to take any action that he believed would hinder the Russia investigation and he declined to answer the question," Rep. Adam Schiff told reporters after the closed-door meeting concluded.
"If the president did not instruct him to take any action that he believed would hinder the Russia investigation, he should say so. If the president did instruct him to hinder the investigation in any way, in my view, that would be a potentially criminal act and certainly not covered by any privilege," the California lawmaker continued.
If you want to know why Jeff Sessions hasn't been fired yet, well there you go. Trump knows removing him won't make his position any safer, and it may actually make it worse, since Sessions would have nothing left to lose by coming clean. But the specter of the highest law enforcement official in the country choosing silence over honesty is about as ugly as it gets. And so is the reluctance of Congressional Republicans to report that silence to the American people:
Schiff opined that the Republican lawmakers on the committee “in a unilateral fashion” decided against releasing Sessions's testimony, pointing to previous agency heads who have openly appeared before the panel.
"The Congress has the need to know and so do the American people," Schiff said, adding that he feels the committee should "compel" Sessions to answer the questions he did not answer during the meeting.
He said the panel “extensively” covered the interactions they have had with former Trump campaign officials like Carter Page and the interactions that he had with George Papadopoulos, adding “that was certainly a big focus of our interview today.”
There is simply no excuse for this. Sessions' refusal to answer the question is at least Contempt of Congress, if not obstruction of justice itself. And letting him get away with it makes a mockery of an institution that has already lost the trust of 86% or so of the American public.