After the CIA-linked Washington Post published information claiming Sessions lied about his contact with Russian officials, prominent Democrats have called for his immediate resignation.
It seems the Anti-Russia hysteria of the U.S. political establishment – particularly Democrats – is truly insatiable and, perhaps, unending. After months of desperate attempts to blame Russia for Clinton’s failure to win the Presidency last November, officials of the Trump administration have been placed in the cross-hairs of this Cold War revival, an effort that also seeks to paint the Executive Branch’s new leadership as illegitimate. The first of these, of course, was the resignation of now former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, whose phone call with a Russian ambassador was leaked to the Washington Post. Flynn and the Russian Embassy denied that the call ever took place but it led to his resignation regardless.
Now, once again, the Washington Post is accusing Attorney General Jeff Sessions of obscuring his alleged ties with the Russian government. In an article published last night, unnamed Justice Department officials told the Post that Sessions had met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak twice last year. One of the encounters, however, was not a one-on-one meeting, but rather a casual conservation between Sessions and various diplomats taking place immediately after Sessions gave a speech at the Republican National Convention in July. According to NBC, a group of several ambassadors, which included the Russian ambassador, approached Sessions after his speech.
The other alleged encounter between Sessions and Russian officials took place last September when Sessions had a private meeting with the Russian ambassador while serving as a senator on the Armed Service Committee. The Washington Post and top Democrats have asserted that Sessions is guilty of misleading congress as he had said under oath that he was unaware that there had been any contact between the Trump campaign and Russian government officials.
Sarah Isgur Flores, Sessions’ spokeswoman, told NBC News that “there was absolutely nothing misleading about his answer” because Sessions was asked during the hearing about “communications between Russia and the Trump campaign” and not about meetings he took as a member of the Armed Services Committee while Senator. She added that, last year, Sessions had more than 25 conversations with foreign ambassadors as a senior member of the Armed Services Committee, including the British, Korean, Japanese, Polish, Indian, Chinese, Canadian, Australian and German ambassadors, in addition to Kislyak. Sessions himself told NBC this morning that: “I have not met with any Russians at any time to discuss any political campaign and those remarks are unbelievable to me and are false. And I don’t have anything else to say about that.”
Several key politicians from both parties are now calling for Sessions’ resignation. Top Democrats responded within minutes the Post’s publication of the allegations, including Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Elijah Cummings (D-MD), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). Even some Republicans, particularly those vested in a Cold War revival, joined the Democrats’ call for Sessions’ resignation, such as South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham.
Though President Trump has yet to respond to the allegations, his administration once again finds itself in hot water, thanks to the Washington Post. It is worth noting that so many of these explosive allegations targeting Trump and his administration’s alleged ties with Russia have been published almost exclusively by the Post, which itself has a $600 million conflict of interest with the CIA, a fact it does not openly disclose and one that remains absent from mainstream media coverage of its stories. The CIA, and much of the U.S. intelligence community, has been intent on reviving Cold War tensions with Russia for months and has repeatedly announced that it is “at war” and “set to go nuclear” on the Trump administration. Are these allegations legitimate proof of Sessions’ misdeeds or is this the intelligence community’s latest attempt to destabilize Trump’s administration?
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