Thursday, January 26, 2017

Jeff Sessions, in 1990s, made frequent late-night visits to Bill Pryor's residence in Montgomery, hinting at a homosexual relationship between two Trump favorites


Jeff Sessions
Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump's nominee for U.S. attorney general, engaged in late-night behavior that hinted at a homosexual relationship with current federal judge Bill Pryor, according to a former Alabama law-enforcement official.

The Senate Judiciary Committee possibly was to vote on Sessions' nomination at a meeting Tuesday. But Senate Democrats pushed for a delay, so they could have more time to review Sessions' responses on a questionnaire. The vote now is expected to come at the end of this month.

Pryor is among the favorites to replace the late Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court. A Los Angeles Times report Tuesday has Colorado federal judge Neil M. Gorsuch as perhaps the new leader for Scalia's seat. But it appears Pryor will be a strong candidate for any SCOTUS openings during the Trump years because of his close ties to Sessions.

How close are Sessions and Pryor, and what is the nature of their relationship? Agents for the Alabama Bureau of Investigation (now the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, ALEA), observed Sessions making frequent late-night visits in the late 1990s to Pryor's apartment in Montgomery, Alabama, a former law-enforcement official said. (See video, with tape-recorded interview at the end of this post.)

Agents did not observe activity once Sessions was inside the apartment, but his frequent visits heightened officials' concerns that Pryor was laying the groundwork for a run at a federal judgeship and might be subject to blackmail if he obtained such a position.

Why were agents conducting surveillance on Pryor's residence? Sessions, after serving as Alabama's attorney general (1994-96), was elected to the U.S. Senate. That created an opening for a new AG, and Gov. Fob James appointed Pryor, whom Sessions had hired as his deputy. In early 1997, not long after Pryor took office, it was clear to many Alabama politicos that the young and ambitious AG was angling for a seat on the federal bench. That became a concern when law-enforcement officials, working on a tip from an informant, obtained copies of nude photographs of Pryor, taken when he was 18 to 20 years old and a student at Northeast Louisiana University (now University of Louisiana Monroe).

Bill Pryor, nude and with robe
(Note: This nude image has been flipped, or reversed, from
the image we have previously run. Our research suggests this
is how the photo originally appeared before being flipped
on its way to badpuppy.com,)
The photos, taken in the early to mid 1980s, apparently had appeared in a number of print publications in the '80s. The pictures had a reawakening as the Internet took hold in the 1990s and appeared at a fledgling Web site called badpuppy.com. Based in Cocoa, Florida, Bad Puppy went on to become a "superstore of gay porn."

That the photos existed became widely known when we reported on them in September 2013, creating a flood of coverage on the Web largely because of Pryor's strident anti-gay positions. From our original report of September 17, 2013:

Alabama law-enforcement officials became aware of the photos at badpuppy.com in 1997, not long before Governor Fob James appointed Pryor attorney general. An investigation ensued, and multiple officials familiar with that process have told Legal Schnauzer that the photos are, in fact, of the Bill Pryor who now sits on the U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Sources say the photos were taken while Pryor was a student at Northeast Louisiana University (now University of Louisiana Monroe) from 1980 to 1984.

Concerned that Pryor might be subject to blackmail, either as AG or a federal judge, state law-enforcement officials set out to learn more about his lifestyle. That led to surveillance that caught Jeff Sessions coming and going at Pryor's residence at unusually late hours. Says one official involved in the case:

I hadn't heard anything about Sessions being gay, but we did hear and one of my agents picked up on it -- when Pryor was in Montgomery running for the AG slot -- Sessions was AG at the time, we had heard rumors about [Pryor's] lifestyle. He was living in a little garage apartment, I don't remember where . . . The agent reported several late-night visits to Pryor's apartment by Sessions. Those might have been for . . planning. I don't know . . . still. I don't remember anything else that we came up with.

Since that interview, we have become aware of reports that Sessions is gay, and it is a poorly kept secret in political circles. In fact, we recently reported that the Obama administration was prepared to drop the "G bomb" on Sessions (and fellow U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham) if he threatened to block the SCOTUS nomination of Sonia Sotomayor. From that post:

Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump's nominee for U.S. attorney general, is at risk of blackmail because he is a closeted homosexual, according to a published report from 2009.

The Obama administration, in fact, was aware of Sessions' "secret" and held it over his head to ensure he did not block the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court, according to a report at Wayne Madsen Report (WMR). The White House had similar information on U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and was prepared to use it in a similar fashion.

Sessions and Graham had voiced strong opposition to Sotomayor's nomination, but that changed when the White House made it known that it was willing to unload the "G bomb" on both conservative senators if they sought to block her. From the WMR article, titled "The Democratic not-so-secret secret 'nuclear option' on Sotomayor nomination" and dated June 5-7, 2009. Sotomayor was confirmed on August 6, 2009, with only modest opposition from the GOP.

A picture is emerging of Sessions and Pryor as stridently anti-gay, apparently because they hope to mask their own closeted homosexuality. The picture also suggests that Sessions' devotion to Pryor -- he has pushed for his protege's elevation at seemingly every opportunity -- is based on more than Pryor's professional qualifications.

We sought comment from Sessions, via both the contact page on his Web site and his spokesperson, Sarah Isgur Flores. No one responded to our queries

Here is part of our interview with an Alabama law-enforcement official who was at the center of the Pryor/Sessions investigation:




29 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow, story of the day!

Anonymous said...

I just spewed oat meal through my nose. Didn't know that could happen.

Anonymous said...

Damn, pretty interesting video-audio with this.

Anonymous said...

The hypocrisy grows thicker.

Anonymous said...

Not sure this really proves much.

Anonymous said...

Is there more on the recording? Also is the stuff about the Sotomayor confirmation somewhere in writing?

legalschnauzer said...

Looks like Pryor still is in the running for Scalia seat:


http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/25/politics/trump-finished-with-supreme-court-interviews/index.html

legalschnauzer said...

@12:09 --

Yes, there is quite a bit more on the recording, especially regarding Bill Pryor's ties to gay porn, badpuppy.com, etc. That is coming soon.

legalschnauzer said...

Forgot to address your Sotomayor question. Yes, I reported on that issue in writing at link below. That was based largely on an article several years ago at Wayne Madsen Report, which is a subscription site on the Web. Just Google "Wayne Madsen," and you will find his site:


http://legalschnauzer.blogspot.com/2017/01/jeff-sessions-trumps-choice-as-attorney.html

Anonymous said...

Now, we know why Jeff Sessions is so in love with Bill Pryor. He's literally in love with Bill Pryor. Ewww!

Intrepid said...

Do I have this straight? Jeff Sessions is pushing a whack-job hypocrite for SCOTUS all because he enjoys making late-night visits to play with Bill Pryor's thingy, or to have Bill Pryor play with his thingy, or both?

Anonymous said...

Sessions and Pryor make me want to puke.

Anonymous said...

I went to McGill-Toolen High School in Mobile a few years after Bill Pryor graduated. Bill's daddy was the band director, and it was well known around the school that he was gay.

Bill got a band scholarship to NE Louisiana because of his gay daddy. This guy comes from a seriously screwed up home life. It's why he's so screwed up now.

legalschnauzer said...

Memo to @12:27 --

You seem to have problems with reading comprehension. Try reading the caption, which explains why the image is reversed on this post. Of course, you always are going to ignore the crossed eyes, attached ears, eyebrows, and other features that prove it is Pryor -- not to mention more than half dozen individuals with ties to investigation who say it is Pryor. Hope you enjoy your delusions. Good luck with that.

e.a.f. said...

that is funny. however the visuals on that, not so much. perhaps the two of them can get a room together when they both live in Washington. OMG.

there IS NO problem in my opinion in having people in high office who are LBGT, etc, but it would be better if they were out of the closet so they can't be black mailed. My objections with these two men is their willingness to lie about their sexual preferances and public homophobic attitudes and their being nasty Republicans.

legalschnauzer said...

You nailed it, e.a.f. If these guys were honest about who they are, this isn't a story. But it very much is a story when they try to hurt the LGBT community, while being gay themselves.

Anonymous said...

Is Sessions high on Pryor because Pryor gives good h . . . well, you know, or because Pryor receives good h . . . well, you know?

Anonymous said...

The GOP has been run for years by closeted gays, and that's why they don't know what to do with Trump. He's an old-fashioned hetero horndog -- a particularly sleazy one -- and they can't handle it.

You never have to worry about Pryor or Sessions or Rove or Larry Craig grabbing any p---y.

Anonymous said...

I think the flipped image of the naked guy looks even more like Pryor than the other one does.

legalschnauzer said...

I agree, @3:27, and that's why I ran it. The hair part is the same, the long left eyebrow is the same, the crooked right eye is the same, and (of course) the ears are the same on either one. I've done a little photography in my time, and I know it's very easy to flip, or reverse, an image. It used to be done a lot in the newspaper world to keep a subject from looking off the page, a supposed no-no. I suspect it was done with the Pryor image, to make it look slightly less like him. My guess is that the original true image, looked like this one, and it's a dead ringer for Pryor. The other one is, too, but this one is more exact.

Anonymous said...

From Politico: http://www.politico.com/story/2017/01/trump-supreme-court-senators-234102 Additionally, Trump's sister--Mary Anne a well-respected judge--sits on the bench with Hardiman.

Anonymous said...

I'm betting Sessions knew the Russians were fixing the election for Trump, and that's why he joined up with Mr. Cheeto. I'm betting a bunch of other Republican knew it was fixed, like Mitch McConnell, and that's why they don't want an investigation. Trump's presidency is the result of a crime, maybe the biggest crime in history, and Sessions probably is an accessory.

legalschnauzer said...

Memo to 3:23 --

Your latest missive provides a classic example of your deceitfulness. You claim I don't acknowledge the flipped image, and the explanation is right there in the caption. My ongoing invitation to contact me directly stands, but I know you won't do that because you are a con artist, one who knows that is Judge Bill Pryor but tries to muddy the waters in order to fulfill your agenda. I will talk to you via phone, but I no longer will read or respond to your comments in any fashion, so you are wasting your time by sending any. I have better things to do than waste time with a fraud, and that's what you are. (BTW, I didn't flip the image; a reader flipped it and sent it to me to show that the image in this post resembles Pryor even more than the one we ran earlier, and this likely was it's original form.) My suggestion to you: Either call me and ID yourself or stop sending comments because it amounts to harassing communications, especially when I've told you multiple times to stop. If you continue, you do so at your own risk.

Anonymous said...

I very seriously hope you are mistaken about Senator Jeff Sessions. When I worked in D.C. he had an excellent reputation. I even had people tell me they would give their "right arm" to work for a man like that. However, that being said, I never heard of him having any affairs with women. I attributed it at the time to him being a sincere person, but if any of this is true, it would certainly offer an alternate explanation. Again, I sincerely hope you are mistaken.

Anonymous said...

Senator Sessions' wife is very nice, but a dingbat. I wondered when I met her how an attorney could bear to be married to such a dingbat . . .

Anonymous said...

If you take just about any recent photograph of Pryor and flip it horizontally you will see that the crossed eyes match even better with the nude photographs.

legalschnauzer said...

Agreed, @3:43. Flipping images was very common back in the 80s, and I suspect that happened somewhere along the way. No doubt that's him.

Anonymous said...

When will we see the other 2 photographs that I referred you to? The second one, with the gourd, appears now on several gay websites.

legalschnauzer said...

Will be soon, probably early next week.