Attorney General Jeff Sessions has now appeared before the Senate three times answering questions about what he knew about the Trump campaign and Russia. All three times Sessions issued denials that all proved to be incomplete or wrong.
According to the LA Times:
‘On Tuesday, the nation’s highest lawman will face another grilling on Capitol Hill, this time prompted by claims in court documents and congressional testimony that he was told of at least two aides’ meetings with Russian officials — despite his claim last month that he was unaware of any such contacts.’
All 17 Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee wrote to Sessions last week saying:
‘The facts appear to contradict your sworn testimony on several occasions.’
The most recent disclosures still don’t point to any evidence that anyone in the Trump campaign directly colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 Election through computer hacking and social media. However, Sessions’ inconsistencies in his testimonies raise cause for suspicion.
This has given Democrats an open window to hammer his credibility, and has sparked further congressional investigations into the Russian meddling and involvement of the Trump campaign. According to The Times:
‘It’s a potential crime to lie to Congress, though prosecutions for perjury are extremely rare. But the controversy already has damaged trust in Sessions, who also endured an extraordinary public flogging by President Trump over the summer for recusing himself from the Russia probe.’
Laurie Levenson, a former federal prosecutor who now is a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, said:
‘If the person on the highest level sworn to uphold the law is the one you cannot trust, that’s a big problem for the entire Justice Department.’
Sessions was one of the first people to endorse Trump in early 2016 before other GOP members eventually came around to supporting him. He then became the head of the Trump campaign’s foreign policy team, even showing support for Trump’s policies towards Russian president Vladimir Putin.
Some of the foreign policy advisers who were named to work under Sessions — energy consultants Carter Page and George Papadopoulos who were both indicted by Mueller — were found to have worked with Russian intermediaries and say they told Sessions about it.
Apparently, Papadopoulos had met up with a professor in London who said that the Russians had “dirt” on Hillary Clinton, including “thousands of emails.” Supposedly, Papadopoulos then received follow-up emails urging him to set up a meeting between Trump and/or his aides and Kremlin officials.
In March 2016, Papadopoulos, Trump, and Sessions were all at a meeting in Washington when Papadopoulos bragged about his Russian connections and tried to get them to set up a meeting with Putin. J.D. Gordon, a former Pentagon spokesman, who was also in attendance at the meeting said:
‘He was shut down pretty quickly by Senator Sessions, and no such meeting [with the Kremlin] ever happened.’
Sessions added that he would prefer that
‘nobody speak about this again’
Papadopoulos has already pleaded to guilty to lying to the FBI about his Russian contacts, and Page told the House Intelligence Committee in July 2016 that he had a “private discussion” with one of Russia’s deputy prime ministers and met several Russian lawmakers.
Just the fact that Sessions recused himself from overseeing the Russia investigation after he became attorney general is suspicious enough. Sessions seems to be hiding information and the question is whether or not it will exposed on Tuesday.
Here’s what Twitter had to say about Sessions upcoming Tuesday testimony:
Watch this clip from CNN.
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