Attorney General Jeff Sessions' news conference yesterday could be summed up in two words: Aw, shucks. A meeting in his office with the Russian ambassador during the height of the presidential campaign? Aw, shucks. It was just an aimless, trivial chat, wherein Sessions mentioned a church trip to Russia in the 90s. Recusing himself from any investigation into Russian meddling in the election? Aw, shucks, he was already planning to do that. Big deal, or no?
Emily Bazelon, staff writer for the New York Times Magazine and the Truman Capote fellow at Yale Law School, puts this in context.