Jeff Sessions lied under oath to Congress. He has had not one, but two meetings with the Russian Ambassador when acting as a surrogate for the Trump campaign. His excuse, as if he thought that taking a page out of Michael Flynn’s playbook, is that he “forgot” those meetings.
According to the Washington Post:
Then-Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) spoke twice last year with Russia’s ambassador to the United States, Justice Department officials said, encounters he did not disclose when asked about possible contacts between members of President Trump’s campaign and representatives of Moscow during Sessions’s confirmation hearing to become attorney general.
In September, one of those “forgettable” meetings was in Sessions own office: a face to face meeting with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Perhaps it slipped his mind because, as he claims, he was meeting with them in his capacity as a member of the Armed Services Committee. Of course, this was also when Russia was at the height of their cyber campaign to influence our elections. Maybe it was because at the time he was also a Trump surrogate and a top foreign policy advisor to Trump.
Whatever the reason that Sessions had to forget that meeting or the other one, they are causing a renewed call for a special prosecutor:
The previously undisclosed discussions could fuel new congressional calls for the appointment of a special counsel to investigate Russia’s alleged role in the 2016 presidential election. As attorney general, Sessions oversees the Justice Department and the FBI, which have been leading investigations into Russian meddling and any links to Trump’s associates. He has so far resisted calls to recuse himself.
When asked by Al Franken what he would do if he had knowledge of activity between Trump surrogates and Russian operatives, Sessions answered:
“I’m not aware of any of those activities,” Sessions responded, according to the Post. 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.”
When answering written questions, Sessions would write a simple “no,” when answering if he had “been in contact with anyone connected to any part of the Russian government about the 2016 election, either before or after election day?”
Sessions’ spokeswoman has already said that there was “nothing misleading” about the information that Sessions gave, he was just too busy to remember. That didn’t dig Flynn out, and it shouldn’t dig Sessions out either. Not remembering such an important thing is either a lie, or worse — proof the person is not capable of their duties.