Senate Judiciary Chairman Devastates Trump With Leaked Jeff Sessions Tape Announcement

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There was a recent explosive development in the ongoing controversy over former U.S. Senator and sitting Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ relationship to Russia, with officials privately speaking to the Washington Post and accusing Sessions of lying. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, who is leading an arm of the investigation into the Trump team’s possible connections to Russia, has now spoken out.

Sessions met with former Russian Ambassador to the United States Sergei Kislyak a number of times while working as a foreign policy adviser for the Trump campaign, but he didn’t initially admit to these meetings when pressed during his confirmation hearings about whether or not he’d ever had contact with Russians. This lie, however, isn’t what Sessions just got busted for.

In between various times spent clinging to an “I don’t remember” defense, the Attorney General has insisted that he didn’t talk about campaign-related matters with Kislyak. He has insisted, rather, that he only met with Kislyak in his capacity as a Senator, not in his capacity as an associate of then-Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

Well, anonymous officials say, Sessions is lying. These officials tell the Washington Post that Kislyak “told his superiors in Moscow that he discussed campaign-related matters, including policy issues important to Moscow, with Jeff Sessions during the 2016 presidential race” on at least two instances. (There has been a third possible meeting involving Sessions and Kislyak under investigation.) A former U.S. official tells the Washington Post that Sessions and Kislyak had “substantive” discussions about at least “Trump’s positions on Russia-related issues and prospects for U.S.-Russia relations in a Trump administration.”

This account, if true, casts the entire Trump Administration into an even darker light than it was already under. For Sessions to have been syncing up with Moscow means that him and/or other members of the Trump team could be found complicit in Russia’s hacking of the Democratic National Committee and subsequent efforts to sway the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.

It’s important to note, as the Washington Post does, that Kislyak may have been exaggerating the nature of his contacts with Sessions when relaying these accounts to his superiors.

Even still, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley wants answers.

In a biting Twitter message, he wrote on Saturday:

‘So much speculation on CNN abt Session/Russian ph call bc of intelligence leak LEAKER:stop tease/ leak entire conversation/end speculation. SessionsRuss ph leak/If the leaker thinks there’s a problem leak the FULL text immediately so it can be investigated/help stop speculation.’

Check out Twitter’s thoughts about this below. Many Twitter users were upset with Grassley for allowing Donald Trump Jr. and Paul Mansfort to get out of testifying publicly for the time being.

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