“Senator Franken, 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, um and I’m unable to comment on it.” This was Sessioins’ response to a question posed by Senator Al Franken during his confirmation hearing for Attorney General.
The above statement is a complete LIE! As the Washington Post reported, Sessions met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in July, during the Republican convention, and September, in Sessions office. Kislyak is the same person Flynn spoke to during the transition and lied about it. We now have two Trump officials talking with Kislyak and lying about it, which begs the question, what was Kislyak’s role in the Russian hacking scandal?
Today, AG Sessions now claims that the meetings were not related to the campaign. If that is true, which is in doubt, then why lie about it? The Trump administration is now defending Sessions, saying Sessions did not consider the conversations relevant to Franken’s questions and did not remember what he discussed with Kislyak. Again, that is how General Flynn attempted to avoid the controversy.
As part of his confirmation hearings, Sessions was required to answer written questions about his contact with Russian officials in which he offered more denials.
Senator Claire McCaskill has said that she is also a member of the Armed Services Committee and has NEVER met with a Russian Ambassador, EVER. In fact, Sessions is the only member of the Armed Services Committee to meet with Ambassador Kislyak.
Typically, members of the Foreign Relations Committee are the folks who typically meet with ambassadors. Interestingly, most members of the Foreign Relations Committee have not met with Kislyak.
We now have two Trump officials, General Flynn and AG Sessions who have lied about their contacts with Russian officials during the campaign and during the transition, which begs many questions. Who ordered Flynn and Sessions to have communications with Russian officials? Will this latest lie finally be the catalyst for an independent investigator to finally be appointed?
The next scandal connecting Russia with Trump seems to involve Trump’s Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. He’s been exposed as being an owner in the Bank of Cypress, which is known to be the go-to bank for Russian’s money laundering.