Thursday, March 2, 2017

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Met Twice With Russian Ambassador in 2016 While Member of Trump Campaign Team

In what appears to be a direct contradiction to his confirmation testimony, it is now being reported that Attorney Genera Jeff Sessions twice met with a Russian ambassador in 2016, while a member of the Trump campaign. The Washington Post reports:
Then-Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) spoke twice last year with Russia’s ambassador to the United States, Justice Department officials said, encounters he did not disclose when asked about possible contacts between members of President Trump’s campaign and representatives of Moscow during Sessions’s confirmation hearing to become attorney
Attorney General Jeff Sessions
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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.
At his Jan. 10 Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing, Sessions was asked by Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) 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,” he 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.”
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In January, Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) asked Sessions for answers to written questions. “Several of the President-elect’s nominees or senior advisers have Russian ties. Have you been in contact with anyone connected to any part of the Russian government about the 2016 election, either before or after election day?” Leahy wrote. 
Sessions responded with one word:  "No."
It is difficult to conclude that Sessions' testimony was anything but untruthful.  To complicate matters, it appears Sessions' himself could be a focus of an investigation into Trump's Russian ties.   These developments will only increase the push for the appointment of a special prosecutor to probe the Trump campaigns' interaction with Russian officials leading up to the 2016 election.

11 comments:

True Republican said...

Sessions must go!

Veterans for Peace Indianapolis said...

Clapper lied to Congress. Did you write about that? Lying is wrong, though. Speaking of speaking to Russians, didn't Reagan do that? I prefer talking to thermonuclear war. It seems like this is phase 2 of the battle, after Flynn.

http://veteransforpeaceindianapolis.blogspot.com/2017/02/spy-vs-spy.html?m=1

Anonymous said...

A veteran that is cool with a foreign power helping Trump get elected? Traitor?

Veterans for Peace Indianapolis said...

Proof and accusations are far different. We at VFP certainly do not support Trump, but we also don't support yet another neocon coup to foment more war.

Anonymous said...

It appears that Mike Pence maybe in hot water!
http://www.indystar.com/story/news/politics/2017/03/02/pence-used-personal-email-state-business----and-hacked/98604904/

Nicolas Martin said...

Pence did government business using private email. Republicans supposedly find such behavior outrageous.

Paul K. Ogden said...

Nicolas, it's not illegal to do that in Indiana. Plus, the information conveyed via email was not classified and thus illegal like it was with Hillary.

But Indiana does have a law saying that all governmental communications have to be preserved. So if Pence's private email wasn't set up that way, that would be a problem.

True Republican said...

Paul,

Pence has been fighting for almost a year to keep much of his official emails away from the public. His hiring of an attorney from Barnes and Thornburg to deal with this matter looks bad. Regardless Pence is acting like a man with something to hide. He is Vice President now. Why is he so eager to hide his emails as Governor? Pence is not as pure and white as he claims to be.

Anonymous said...

According to the Indianapolis Star, "Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb's office released 29 pages of emails from Pence's AOL account, but declined to release an unspecified number of others because the state considers them confidential and too sensitive to release to the public."

It appears that the information was "classified and thus illegal like it was with Hillary."

True Republican said...

Pence should drop this nonsense about trying to conceal some of his emails as Governor. His insincerity is pathetic.

leon dixon said...

It is only difficult for Paul.....