Did Jeff Sessions Really Lie About His Contacts with Russia?
No doubt, some immigration hardliners may have felt a bit of anxiety when they first read or heard about the Washington Post hit piece on Attorney General Jeff Sessions last night. But, they should feel anger and a bit of relief as it just demonstrates the flailing and failing last gasps of the lying media.
In fact, the Washington Post has run a series of hit pieces today with headlines like the following:
That is just the Washington Post and there may be more. Let’s dissect this a bit.
The #FakeNews Allegations
First, the claim is that Jeff Sessions lied about statements made regarding his contact with the Russians during his confirmation hearing. The article suggests that Sessions was asked if he had ANY contact with the Russians and that in response Sessions claimed that he had no interaction.
However, the truth is Sessions did meet on two occasions with the Russian Ambassador to the United States.
Ut-oh! THEY CAUGHT SESSIONS IN A LIE!
Or so they would have you believe. The most basic peeling back of the layers will indicate that this is a smoke and mirrors con job perpetuated by the drive-by media.
First, Jeff Sessions was a high-ranking member of the majority party in the United States Senate. He also sat on the Armed Services Committee. One would hopefully expect such officials to have meetings with ambassadors of foreign nations. It is kind of in the job description.
Thus, it would be kind of silly and denote a certain degree of ignorance and incompetence for his colleagues grilling him at the confirmation hearing to ask if he had ever met with Russian officials. He is a United States Senator. It is what you do.
Debunking the Claim
Second, it is clear that when you examine the public record that he was not asked during his confirmation hearing if he had ever met with the Russians. He was asked if he had ever met with the Russians in the context of discussing the 2016 election campaign.
How do we know this?
Well, we know this because the questions Sessions faced at the confirmation hearing were in relation to a questionnaire he filled out as part of the confirmation hearing at the request of Senator Patrick Leahy.
This is the question asked of Sessions:
“Several of the President-elect’s nominees or senior advisers have Russian ties. Have you been in contact with anyone connected to any part of the Russian government about the 2016 election, either before or after election day?”
Sessions responded with: “No.”
Ahh…but what about the question posed by Senator Al Franken? Well, Ace of Spades did some digging and found the entire question asked by Franken. Here it is:
CNN has just published a story and I'm telling you this about a story that has just been published, I'm not expecting you to know whether it's true or not, but CNN just published a story, alleging that the intelligence community provided documents to the president-elect last week that included information that quote "Russian operatives claimed to have compromising personal and financial information about Mr. Trump." These documents also allegedly say quote "there was a continuing exchange of information during the campaign between Trump surrogates and intermediaries for the Russian government." Again I'm telling you this is just coming out so, you know... but, if it's true it's obviously extremely serious. And if there is any evidence that anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign communicated with the Russians in the course of this campaign, what will you do?"
Notice that the rambling question does not specifically ask Sessions if he ever had any contact with Russian officials. The context of the question is whether Trump surrogates or intermediaries exchanged information about campaign activities and gossip with Russian officials.
Sessions responded with the following:
I'm not aware of any of those activities," he responded. He added: "I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign and I did not have communications with the Russians."
While this is another swing and miss by the media. It remains to be seen if the Never Trumpers will do their holier than thou virtue signaling cuck routine and pile on Sessions.
To be honest, if I was an open borders zealot who sought to destroy the American nation-state on the left or a globalist on the right, I would go gunning for Attorney General Jeff Sessions, too.
His track record indicates that he has the backbone to stick it to the opposition and not wilt under pressure...unlike the GOP establishment which rolls over faster than a Tijuana hooker each time the American people give them a majority in Congress.