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DEMOCRATS TARGET SESSIONS: Video of AG’s Press Conference

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Forgive me if I don’t see anything amiss with a Senator meeting with the Ambassador of a foreign country. Jeff Sessions should not have recused himself, just as General Flynn should never have resigned. We are just feeding the sharks.

I am more troubled by the the classified leaks to the Washington Post. This is now a pattern — why isn’t the White House hunting down the moles and prosecuting them?

Perhaps the Democrats are colluding with the Russians to bring down Trump. That sounds more plausible than what the left is trafficking in.

The Fifth Column on steroids.

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 general.

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.

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) questioned attorney general nominee Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) about news that intelligence officials briefed President-elect Trump on unconfirmed reports that Russia has compromising information on Trump. (Senate Judiciary Committee)

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.”

Officials said Sessions did not consider the conversations relevant to the lawmakers’ questions and did not remember in detail what he discussed with Kislyak.

“There was absolutely nothing misleading about his answer,” said Sarah Isgur Flores, Sessions’s spokeswoman.

Then-Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) spoke twice in 2016 with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak, but did not mention this during his confirmation hearing to become U.S. attorney general. Sessions was asked about possible contacts between President Trump’s campaign and the Russian government. (Victoria Walker/The Washington Post)

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.”

In a statement issued Wednesday night, Sessions said he “never met with any Russian officials to discuss issues of the campaign. I have no idea what this allegation is about. It is false.”

Justice officials said Sessions met with Kislyak on Sept. 8 in his capacity as a member of the armed services panel rather than in his role as a Trump campaign surrogate.

“He was asked during the hearing about communications between Russia and the Trump campaign — not about meetings he took as a senator and a member of the Armed Services Committee,” Flores said.

She added that Sessions last year had more than 25 conversations with foreign ambassadors as a senior member of the Armed Services Committee, including the British, Korean, Japanese, Polish, Indian, Chinese, Canadian, Australian and German ambassadors, in addition to Kislyak.

In the case of the September meeting, one department official who came to the defense of the attorney general said, “There’s just not strong recollection of what was said.”

The Russian ambassador did not respond to requests for comment about his contacts with Sessions.

The Washington Post contacted all 26 members of the 2016 Senate Armed Services Committee to see whether any lawmakers besides Sessions met with Kislyak in 2016. Of the 20 lawmakers who responded, every senator, including Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.), said they did not meet with the Russian ambassador last year. The other lawmakers on the panel did not respond as of Wednesday evening.

“Members of the committee have not been beating a path to Kislyak’s door,” a senior Senate Armed Services Committee staffer said, citing tensions in relations with Moscow. Besides Sessions, the staffer added, “There haven’t been a ton of members who are looking to meet with Kislyak for their committee duties.”

Last month, The Post reported that Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn had discussed U.S. sanctions with Kislyak during the month before Trump took office, contrary to public assertions by Mike Pence, the vice president-elect, and other top Trump officials. Flynn was forced to resign the following week.

When asked to comment on Sessions’s contacts with Kislyak, Franken said in a statement to The Post on Wednesday: “If it’s true that Attorney General Sessions met with the Russian ambassador in the midst of the campaign, then I am very troubled that his response to my questioning during his confirmation hearing was, at best, misleading.”

Franken added: “It is now clearer than ever that the attorney general cannot, in good faith, oversee an investigation at the Department of Justice and the FBI of the Trump-Russia connection, and he must recuse himself immediately.

Several Democratic members of the House on Wednesday night called on Sessions to resign from his post.

“After lying under oath to Congress about his own communications with the Russians, the Attorney General must resign,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said in a statement, adding that “Sessions is not fit to serve as the top law enforcement officer of our country.”

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), a senior member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said on Twitter late Wednesday that “we need a special counsel to investigate Trump associates’ ties to Russia.”

Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) said at a CNN town hall Wednesday night that if the substance of Sessions’s conversations with the Russian ambassador proved to be improper or suspect, he too would join the call for Sessions to recuse himself from the investigation.

“If there is something there and it goes up the chain of investigation, it is clear to me that Jeff Sessions, who is my dear friend, cannot make that decision about Trump,” Graham said — although he stressed that Sessions’s contacts with the Russian ambassador could have been “innocent.”

“But if there’s something there that the FBI thinks is criminal in nature, then for sure you need a special prosecutor. If that day ever comes, I’ll be the first one to say it needs to be somebody other than Jeff.”

Current and former U.S. officials say they see Kislyak as a diplomat, not an intelligence operative. But they were not sure to what extent, if any, Kislyak was aware of or involved in the covert Russian election campaign.

Steven Hall, former head of Russia operations at the CIA, said that Russia would have been keenly interested in cultivating a relationship with Sessions because of his role on key congressional committees and as an early adviser to Trump.

Sessions’s membership on the Armed Services Committee would have made him a priority for the Russian ambassador. “The fact that he had already placed himself at least ideologically behind Trump would have been an added bonus for Kislyak,” Hall said.=

Michael McFaul, a Stanford University professor who until 2014 served as U.S. ambassador to Russia, said he was not surprised that Kislyak would seek a meeting with Sessions. “The weird part is to conceal it,” he said. “That was at the height of all the discussions of what Russia was doing during the election.”

Two months before the September meeting, Sessions attended a Heritage Foundation event in July on the sidelines of the Republican National Convention that was attended by about 50 ambassadors. When the event was over, a small group of ambassadors approached Sessions as he was leaving the podium, and Kislyak was among them, the Justice Department official said.

 

  • Ben Mäkelä

    I cannot believe how Democrat are bent on starting WWIII with the Russians.
    Who will benefit from a USA Russia war??? The Islamic world?
    With two Christian European superpowers demolished and them spreading into Europe they will win.
    We must resist and fight back against the neocon and Leftist alliance and defeat their IC and Media allies.

    • JCL154

      See above McCain and Graham said we would back Ukraine in a war against Russia!

      • Mahou Shoujo

        Two fools, like the amateurs o’bimbo had in his idiotic muslim patronizing diplomatic corpse.

      • joe1429

        totally nuts!!

    • joe1429

      Nuts

  • Voytek Gagalka

    The Chief prosecutor of the country forced to defend himself almost like an accused. Obviously he will not have much time now to do his proper job. What’s in hell wrong with the American justice system?!

    • Craig

      This whole thing is just unbelievable. But, that is what happens with pussy RINOs capitulating to rat obama’s every whim for the last eight years, refusing to do their jobs and attacking Republicans who demand they follow the Constitution.

      • aebe

        And we have yet to see the clintoons featured as the guests of honor at an auto de fe’ .

    • Black Opal

      The chief prosecutor of this country lied to Congress, idiot. If we’re lucky, we can chase him out of the government completely.

  • Dennis

    This article reinforces in my mind that the direction that this country is going in will have nothing but bad consequences. Despite my willingness, and those others out there who would agree with me, to give Trump a chance to fix the “messes” that he inherited from the eight years the government was under the administration of Obama, it is clear that the Democrats and the liberal media does not intend to let up on their malicious attempt to find something so damaging that they will push for Trump’s removal. It is mortifying. We are heading down a very dangerous and slippery slope. I am even more concerned about the impression some people still have that Trump is a racist bigot, and despite my constantly stating that his actual conduct has never caused him to fall into that category, many people that I speak to have that notion, and when I ask them to explain that conclusion, more often than not, they base it on some of the statements Trump made during his campaign. The fact that he has essentially done nothing by his conduct to fortify that belief, and in fact all he has done is apply the law as written, and as is his responsibility, and moved to protect us all from terrorists entering this country, and essentially gone after those who have committed criminal acts for deportation, and not after the so-called “dreamers,” or peaceful illegals here in the states, seems to have had no impact on those who steadfastly accuse him of acts of bigotry, and refuse to allow him the opportunity to lead this country out of the quagmire that he inherited. We now have a leader who obviously intends to work for what is best for ALL the citizens of this country, contrary to Obama, who only worked for his own narcissistic legacy and never once seems to have been concerned for the poor and downtrodden, and those living in dangerous communities. Those who are still reeling from the losing of the last election need to grow up and see the reality of what this nation faces and must fix. I am one of those people and I am proud to write that in this comment. I will continue to wish for Trump much courage, much industry, much fortitude, much energy, in the hope that he will prove the naysayers so wrong that the next election will go 100% Republican. Right now I would also love to see the Republican party unite in favor of Trump and stop the petty bickering that is occurring that helps no one, except the liberals in the media and those who cannot ever understand what and how to compromise to move this nation in the right direction..

    • Go Donald Go!!!!!

      Agree with all that. Hope Sessions is investigated quickly and found to be innocent. Congress and the WH should bust the balls of the investigation team to make them do it very quickly and get it over with.
      .
      I did not like the press conference – Mr. Sessions seemed nervous. I’m hoping he is innocent.
      .
      It is hard to see how we can stop our slide down your slippery slope. The left is biased, unhinged, hateful, ignorant, un-American, evil, perverted, lying, etc, etc – I can’t see how they could possibly ever turn around and act like decent people.
      .
      I hope you are right about the next election going 100% Republican, but I’ll believe it when it happens.

      • Craig

        Someone needs to take a baseball bat to Collins, Hanoi Songbird McCain, Graham and several others. These scum hate the U.S., vote with the anti-American democrats and despise the Constitution.

  • AR154U☑ᵀʳᵘᵐᵖ DEPLORABLE 2020

    Perhaps the Dems need a very quick distraction from another YUUGE criminal case coming ?!?!
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ec740b473ecfd649bc441daf1c84d47b782483942ed0b25c46ec55c4d2cca333.png

    • Craig

      For eight years, the muslim, anti-American rat obama staffed the federal government with anti-American democrat activists. Trump has done virtually nothing to ferret them out. These democrat enemies of the U.S. are leaking sensitive information, making up fake news for the press to attack Trump with and thwarting Trump at every turn. WHAT IS GOING ON?

      • JCL154

        Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell and McCain are in the Democrat camp, impeding Trump at every opportunity. Here is Graham and McCain fomenting a war with Russians. WTF aren’t they being investigated?

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7u0y-iU82w

        • joe1429

          Time to retire batman and robin. If Russia wanted, they could take ukraine in one day. I was in ukraine. It is HALF Russian… dummies Ukraine win against Russia… hahaha.. Like new york, win against the USA

      • AR154U☑ᵀʳᵘᵐᵖ DEPLORABLE 2020

        This is the establishment goons doing what they do,.. harm America and keep their cushy well paid government jobs !!!
        They’re like embedded ticks, sucking the life blood out of our once great Nation.
        Both Dems and GOP Never Trumper’s will NEVER allow Trump to have success, because if he wins, so would America !!
        They can’t stand the thought !!!

      • joe1429

        Agree.. He has got thousands of appointments to make… ASAP!!

  • Mahou Shoujo

    democrats meeting with lobbyists and islamic special interest groups is more of a concern, as well as the money they gave to various democratic pay and play corporations.

  • Craig

    There is something fishy in D.C. and the Trump administration.
    WHY does Mr. Trump allow the comrade clinton and rat obama appointees to remain? WHY does Mr. Trump turn on Flynn? WHY is Mr. Trump not running down the leakers? WHY is Mr. Trump losing his spine with regards to the illegal aliens? WHY is Mr. Trump dragging his feet on all sorts of easily actionable items?
    I am sure I, and several of the posters here, could find the leakers in no time. But.. I would need a monocle and cigarette holder………

  • Annie

    Didn’t they get Sessions to recuse himself from investigating hillary too?

  • AlgorithmicAnalyst

    The Russians aren’t trying to bring Trump down, if I read the tea leaves correctly :)

    Rather, what seems to be happening, is that a cabal, possibly including left and deep state, are trying to stir up a conflict between USA and Russia.

    • Craig

      Well, we know the anti-American democrats want a communist America.

      • joe1429

        they will have one in 50 yrs, when the minorities take over. There has NEVER been a successful minority democaracy.

    • JCL154

      See above post, McCain and Grahaml

      • joe1429

        Mccain and grahm should change parties.. They are nuts, and belong with the demonrats

    • joe1429

      EXACTLY

  • Chris Wolf

    Sessions is the guy we need to be doing the investigating — of obama’s direction of police state snooping and leaking against Flynn and now Sessions, AND of obama’s direction of the muslim and Mexican invasion of our country, sanctuary cities, Fast ‘n Furious, the Iran deal, Lynch meeting with Bill Clinton, etc.
    And if this administration doesn’t scrub all illegal immigrants from the voter roles THIS YEAR, this will be our last Republican president.
    Trump needs to have a team of assassins to IMMEDIATELY kill these pathetically, shamefully transparent Democrat charges against his people — charges that don’t even rise to the level of being called hypocritical.
    Eric Trump would be a good man for the job. He saved the Republican convention, being the first to speak after the press attempted take down of Trump at that time, the Billy Bush fiasco, as I recall.

  • aebe

    Sessions “Could have been innocent” In meeting with a rascally Rooshin !
    Progressives are on a roll , best look out ! What will happen when the Rooshin Ambassador (not at all like a Rambler Ambassador , or even a Hudson) sues Senator Graham for his “innocent” remark ?
    Will Putin have Schumer horsewhipped on the steps of Congress ? Tune in next time , on ‘As the Troll Spins’ , America’s number one daytime drama .

    Validate your 2nd Amendment Rights… Carry

  • turkeychoker

    Evil always wants ‘compromise’, while never doing so. When the good compromises w/the evil, the evil wins. Give a liberal any credibility at all, and he will steamroller right over you. Liberals/progressives,Socialist`s/Communists all have many things in common. To me, the chief thing is their dead ideology. Then the failed concepts,upsidedownbackwards solutions to problems they themselves created.With premises that have been proven unsubstantiated,they fail. NO ! They succeed. Succeed because their purpose has never been to help mankind, but to subjugate it. And the ‘right’ always compromises. We must stop compromising with the left. It`s the ‘one rotten apple in the barrel’ syndrome. If you had a small amount of milk in your glass and the only milk left was sour, would you add the sour to the good ?

  • The Democrats led by EX-president liar-in-chief Barack Obama are at it again – colluding with the deceitful mainstream media to produce a familiar echo chamber of FAKE news stories about Russian connections designed to topple Trump’s government. The REAL news story about Russian connections belongs to crooked Hillary who sold 20% of our uranium to Russia through a secret deal with a Canadian campaign contributor.

  • RayG1

    The liberal pukes are obviously desperate to get some dirt, any dirt, on Trump and all of his appointees! They keep blathering on about impeaching Trump but have failed totally to come up with a good excuse to do so. They will keep trying, at least for a while longer.

  • Sonia Ik

    You won’t believe what our Fake News just had to say on my TV Channel; “Sessions used campaign money so he could meet the Russians.”

  • joe1429

    “Obama bugged Trump Tower.. Sick sob”…Donald Trump Trump takin off the gloves with barry. He sees he trying to sabatoge his govt. Beware demonrats. Trump is going to run circles around you. Screwing with the WRONG guy

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