Russia

Jeff Sessions Lied, He Met the Russian Ambassador in His Office

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

This story broke late last night and blew up over the course of the morning hours.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions apparently lied to Congress during his confirmation hearing when he stated under oath that he "did not have communications with the Russians."

The truth is he met with the Russian ambassador in his office in September during the peak of the DNC hacks season.

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.

A growing number of Democrats including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, and DNC Chairman Tom Perez have called on Sessions to resign.

So far, a handful of Republicans have only found the courage to call on Sessions to recuse himself from the investigation of the Trump regime.

The ACLU has called for an investigation of Sessions himself.

I don't expect he will, but Sessions should resign. He's the nation's top law enforcement officer and he lied to Congress about a matter of national security. He can't be trusted.

  • Badgerite

    Roh Oh!
    According to the Wall Street Journal, Sessions met with Russian envoy while at the GOP convention in Cleveland and the expense of that trip was covered by the trump campaign. So Armed Services Committee work? Seriously? And you want to stick with that? What we have here is not a “failure to communicate”. What we have here is a clear intent to deceive the Senate committee. Surprise me.
    Kushner (current co-President with Bannon) and Flyn met with Russian envoy at trump tower and they had him smuggled in through a private entrance where the press was not in attendance. HMMMMM
    Better Call Saul.

  • Badgerite

    Roh oh!
    Wall Street Journal.
    “Records show Attorney General used campaign account for travel expenses to Cleveland, where he met Russian envoy.”
    http://www.wsj.com/articles/jeff-sessions-used-political-funds-for-republican-convention-expenses-1488509301

  • Draxiar

    In that picture Sessions looks like he’s getting blown under the table and doesn’t quite know what to do…

  • Draxiar

    Come on Dems, keep hammering this home…no mercy, no quarter.

  • fry1laurie

    Reminds me of the old TV record offer: “Sessions presents: Baldfaced Lies! 15 Original Lies by the Original Artist!”

  • muselet

    18 USC § 1621:

    Whoever—

    (1) having taken an oath before a competent tribunal, officer, or person, in any case in which a law of the United States authorizes an oath to be administered, that he will testify, declare, depose, or certify truly, or that any written testimony, declaration, deposition, or certificate by him subscribed, is true, willfully and contrary to such oath states or subscribes any material matter which he does not believe to be true; or

    (2) in any declaration, certificate, verification, or statement under penalty of perjury as permitted under section 1746 of title 28, United States Code [covering unsworn statements subject to perjury], willfully subscribes as true any material matter which he does not believe to be true;

    is guilty of perjury and shall, except as otherwise expressly provided by law, be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both. This section is applicable whether the statement or subscription is made within or without the United States.

    [link omitted]

    Perjury used to be a big deal to Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III. He called on Bill Clinton to be prosecuted for perjury for—as Charlie Pierce puts it—barbering his testimony under oath.

    Sessions looks to have flat-out lied to the Senate, under oath and on the record, and to be frantically covering up his lie with careful parsing of Patrick Leahy’s quesion and selective amnesia. In a functioning democracy, that behavior would get him fired, not to mention visits from various federal law enforcement agencies.

    In related news, Devin Nunes is threatening reporters, ineptly of course, with congressional investigatiion in retaliation for being nosy about Sessions’s contacts with Sergei Kislyak. The wagons are being circled.

    –alopecia

  • Aynwrong

    I’ve always been wary of the notion that where there’s smoke, there’s fire. It can be used as a justification for an enormous amount of unethical behavior. That having been said, there is no denying this much smoke.

    Rex Tillerson, Michael Flynn, Carter Page, Wilbur Ross, Roger Stone, Paul Manafort and now Jefferson Beauregard Sessions.

    In Trump World, everything’s coming up Russia.