Jeff Sessions, the man who — in theory at least — should be an upstanding individual, seeing as he is the nation’s top law enforcement officer, has been caught in yet another lie recently.
He appeared before the House Judiciary Committee this Tuesday to defend himself over the revelation of his lies, and during that hearing, Democratic U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee went after Sessions for his false past implication that there were no contacts between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Sessions made that implication, saying he had no knowledge of any such contacts, in testimony before Congress delivered earlier this year. Although he claimed to have no knowledge of any such contacts, he was, in fact, in a meeting in March of 2016 in which former Trump foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos suggested that then-candidate Donald Trump have a secret meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
As he says he all of a sudden remembered when news reports came out to that effect, he shot down Papadopoulos’ suggestion.
The problem remains for him of having insisted to Congress earlier this year that he had no knowledge of Trump campaign contacts with Russia when, in fact, he was at that meeting and Papadopoulos was, in fact, in contact with Russian insiders.
Rep. Lee, after commenting to Sessions that she “can not imagine your memory would fail you so much,” asked him if he wanted to amend his testimony offered before Congress earlier this year.
Reading off printed pages he’d brought with him, Sessions said in response:
‘I would just say this, I stand by this testimony at the intelligence committee. I have never met with or had any conversation with any Russians or any foreign officials concerning any type of interference with the campaign or election in the United States. Further, I have no knowledge of any such conversations by anyone connected to the Trump campaign.’
By all appearances, that statement from Sessions contradicts the truth. Sessions himself did, in fact, meet with now-former Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak multiple times, although his explanation apparently remains that he did so only in his then-capacity as a U.S. Senator.
There are reports to the contrary, asserting he discussed campaign matters with Kislyak.
As for the issue with Papadopoulos, Sessions’ explanation is apparently that he had no knowledge of Papadopoulos’ efforts to set up a meeting between Trump and Putin extending in any form beyond that March 2016 meeting.
Papadopoulos was revealed recently to have pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI.
It is simply ridiculous for Sessions to sit in that Congressional committee room and smirk mockingly at Rep. Lee, as if he thinks it’s childish for it to be extremely difficult to believe him in light of the repeatedly changing nature of his testimony.
Rep. Lee became upset with Sessions when he claimed to be unable to understand her question. It really wasn’t that difficult; all she asked him was whether or not he wanted to amend his earlier Congressional testimony. The Attorney General, however, mockingly stonewalled.
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