Attorney General Jeff Sessions tried to dismiss a third, previously unreported meeting with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak at the Mayflower Hotel in April 2016 during his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee. He said he could “not remember” such an event taking place. In effect, he said no meeting had taken place.
Well, a photograph of the encounter has just leaked. Maybe that will jog the Attorney General’s memory a little.
Here’s a notable Getty pic from the April 27, 2016 Mayflower Hotel event—Kislyak & Sessions were both named in the official caption.
Because of this revelation, sources are saying that President Trump’s relationship is so tumultuous right now with Jeff Sessions that he even suggested at one point he could resign.
According to ABC NEWS:
Two sources close to the president say he has lashed out repeatedly at the attorney general in private meetings, blaming the recusal for the expansion of the Russia investigation, now overseen by Special Counsel and former FBI Director Robert Mueller.
Either he’s lying or not – either way, an Attorney General of the United States needs to have a better recollection of the facts than this. The meeting took place only a few months ago.
In any event, several leading Democratic lawmakers called for his immediate resignation.
It must be noted that Sessions wasn’t entirely truthful during his confirmation hearing earlier in the year when he stated under oath that he did not have any contact with the Russians during the campaign – that fact is well documented.
In addition to refusing to divulge his conversations with President Trump, Sessions blamed his prior statements on being flustered “by a rambling question” that confused him. He then on Tuesday went to correct the record by saying that he had met twice with Kislyak – once during the Republican National Convention and another time at his Senate office.
But, when the topic came up of a third meeting – Sessions continued to deny it. We now know from the photograph that they did indeed talk, we just don’t know what about. Sessions maintained the stance that not only did a meeting not take place but that if it did he didn’t remember what it was about.
When White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was asked for comment if Trump still had confidence in Sessions, he sidestepped the issue.
“I have not had that discussion with him,” Spicer said.
“So you can’t say if he has confidence in his attorney general?” Spicer was asked.
Spicer responded: “I said I have not had a discussion with him on the question. I don’t, If I haven’t had a discussion about a subject, I tend not to speak about it.”
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