Another day, another Russian conspiracy. The center of attention this time: Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Yesterday, reporting by the Washington Post and Wall Street Journal found that Sessions supposedly had two conversations with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. last year when Sessions with still a Senator (and Donald Trump’s campaign was still underway). The controversy being, as the Post reported, that these were “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.”
The response in question came on January 10th in response to a question from Sen. Al Franken. The exchange is as follows:
SEN. AL FRANKEN: “If there was any evidence that anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign communicated with the Russian government in the course of this (2016) campaign, what would you do?”
SESSIONS: “I’m not aware of any of those activities. I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign and I did not have communications with the Russians.”
Sessions’ defense is that he was speaking in the context of campaign matters. His spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said that “there was absolutely nothing misleading about his answer because Sessions was asked during the hearing about communications between Russia and the Trump campaign and not about meetings he took as a member of the Armed Services Committee.” Flores also added that the meetings in question were just one of twenty-five conversations he had with foreign ambassadors due to his role as a member on the aforementioned committee.
A number of people are already calling for his resignation, among them Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, while the ACLU is calling for an investigation into whether or not Sessions committed perjury.
BREAKING: The ACLU is calling for an investigation into potential perjury by Attorney General Sessions https://t.co/zg7ezjGovj— ACLU National (@ACLU) March 2, 2017
Remember, Sessions was asked if there were any meetings with Russia regarding the Trump campaign. To that question, the answer is no. Sessions is being asked to resign simply for speaking to a Russian ambassador — which is not against the law and hardly something only he has done.
In fact, as the Left remains hysterical over Russia, does this mean they’ll also support purging their fellow Democrats who’ve spoken to Russian ambassadors? In that case, there’s 30 who need to hit the road.
In fact, among those mocking Sessions for having faulty memory over his Russian meeting are those in the exact same position.
This whole thing is completely absurd. The whole purpose of this witch hunt is to destroy the Trump administration by any means necessary. It’s despicable and disgusting – particularly since even Republicans are jumping on this train.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]