Democrats are making a huge deal out of the fact that Attorney General Jeff Sessions told he had no contact with Russian officials while advising the Trump campaign. His contact was made with his role as a senator on the Armed Service Committee, but that’s not appeasing Democrats. Now it seems that 7 Democrats also met with the Russian Ambassador and Sen. Clair McCaskill also denied her contacts with the Russian, but this has been proven to be a lie also.
Democrats were aghast after learning Attorney General Jeff Sessions met twice, as a senator, with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. without telling Congress at his confirmation hearing – but it turns out Sergey Kislyak is no stranger to lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.
The longtime Russian ambassador met with seven then-Democratic senators in a single sit-down in 2013, among other discussions – and reportedly was a frequent visitor to the Obama White House.
As House Speaker Paul Ryan put it Thursday, “We meet with ambassadors all the time.”
The central issue dogging Sessions is not so much that he met with the ambassador but that he claimed during his confirmation hearing he had no “communications” with Russian officials during his time as a Trump campaign surrogate. In a press conference, though, Sessions rejected claims he misled Congress and suggested he was answering in the context of campaign-related discussions, which he maintains he never had.