On Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee regarding the Russian intervention in America’s 2016 election. It took only two days before a report came out contradicting sworn testimony of the Trump ally, this time regarding his Q&A exchange with Senator John McCain.
According to the U.S. edition of The Guardian, American lobbyist Richard Burt, who works on behalf of Russian interests including banking and oil pipelines, confirmed what he first told Politico last October: That he did indeed meet with Sessions — while Sessions was working on the Trump campaign — on more than one occasion.
During Sessions’ testimony, Sen McCain asked a very direct question:
During that 2016 campaign season, did you have any contacts with any representative, including any American lobbyist or agent of any Russian company within or outside your capacity as a member of congress or a member of the armed services committee?”
You can see where this is going. Sessions testified, of course, that he didn’t “believe so.”
One might think that the haziness of Sessions’ testimony on Tuesday, riddled with his Southern-flecked “Ah Dew Not Reh-Cuh-LECT” responses, would be enough to cover his ass. He didn’t outright say no, after all. But the broadness of the question leaves no room for such vagaries. McCain was explicitly asking about contact — not meetings, not attempted collusion, not intercontinental kissyface, but any contacts.
I did attend two dinners with groups of former Republican foreign policy officials and Senator Sessions.”
What’s more, Burt advised Trump on his first foreign policy speech during the campaign, using his pro-Russia perspective as a guide. That speech was delivered April 27, 2016, at the location Jeff Sessions was asked about most frequently during his testimony: The Mayflower Hotel.
All of the feigned outrage in the world will definitely not save Jeff Sessions from perjury charges now. He may have tried to be vague enough to avoid charges, but trying to claim he “doesn’t remember” meeting the Russian ambassador at the Mayflower…
Here’s a notable Getty pic from the April 27, 2016 Mayflower Hotel event—Kislyak & Sessions both named in the official caption pic.twitter.com/epubUUfkKc
— Kerry Eleveld (@kerryeleveld) June 1, 2017
…while at the same time saying he doesn’t remember two separate dinners he hosted, that he personally invited Richard Burt to?
That’s just not going to fly, Jeffy.
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