Leahy: "Is grabbing a woman by her genitals -- without consent -- is that sexual assault?"— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) January 10, 2017
Sessions: "Yes." pic.twitter.com/GUWdhAFu8w
One of the reasons why it’s no surprise that Senator Jeff Sessions is up for Attorney General has little to do with past legal career and more to do with how loyal a Trump supporter he was. One example of that loyalty was when he supported the president-elect in the aftermath of the release of the infamous Access Hollywood tape. One of Sessions Senate colleagues just made him answer for them in front of the nation.
In an interview with The Weekly Standard, Sessions said that what Trump described in the tape wasn’t something he would “characterize as sexual assault.” On Tuesday, Senator Patrick Leahy, asked Sessions if “grabbing a woman by the genitals without her consent” is sexual assault. Sessions said it certainly was.
“If a sitting president or any other high federal official is accused of committing what the president-elect described [in the tape] in a context in which it could be federally prosecuted, would you be able to prosecute and investigate?”
While noting that the law applies differently to the president, he conceded that he would. When Leahy asked him about the tape again, Sessions volunteered that his comments about the tape were based on the presumption that the president-elect’s comments about “moving on” women sexually without saying anything was a “hypothetical” situation and that this fictional woman would welcome such advances.
Session closed by saying that if the tape did involve a situation in which consent was not involved, the act would be sexual assault and should be prosecuted by the “appropriate” law enforcement agencies.
However, Leahy wanted his answers plainly. “Is grabbing a woman by her genitals without consent is that sexual assault?” Sessions agreed and Leahy thanked him, ending his first round of questions.
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