During his confirmation hearing for Attorney General on January 10, Senator Jeff Sessions is asked by Senator Al Franken what he would do if he learned of any evidence that anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign communicated with the Russian government in the course of the 2016 campaign.
“I’m not aware of any of those activities,” Sessions responded. He added: “I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign and I did not have communications with the Russians.”
According to the Washington Post Justice Department officials now say Sessions spoke twice last year with Russia’s ambassador to the United States.
One of the meetings was a private conversation between Sessions and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak that took place in September in the senator’s office, at the height of what U.S. intelligence officials say was a Russian cyber campaign to upend the U.S. presidential race.
The previously undisclosed discussions could fuel new congressional calls for the appointment of a special counsel to investigate Russia’s alleged role in the 2016 presidential election. As attorney general, Sessions oversees the Justice Department and the FBI, which have been leading investigations into Russian meddling and any links to Trump’s associates. He has so far resisted calls to recuse himself.
When Sessions spoke with Kislyak in July and September, the senator was a senior member of the influential Armed Services Committee as well as one of Trump’s top foreign policy advisers. Sessions played a prominent role supporting Trump on the stump after formally joining the campaign in February 2016.
Now then, Sessions was asked about anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign being in contact with the Russians, such as back in 2008 when McCain was soliciting illegal donations from Russia. Sessions was a Senator, so there exists a probability that his conversation with the Russian ambassador was about something other than the election, and hence not improper.
Clearly there are a lot of people terrified of prosecution for crimes and corruptions that were “acceptable” behavior under Bush/Clinton/Bush/Obama, and they are trying to paralyze the DOJ, perhaps get one of their own in as AG, to protect themselves.
BREAKING: JEFF SESSIONS SPOKE TO RUSSIAN AMBASSADOR. Democrats Defended Clinton Lying Under Oath
Published on Mar 2, 2017