I’m pressed for time today, so I can only provide a brief reaction to the Jeff Sessions controversy.
The charge is that he did not disclose two meetings with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak during his Senate confirmation hearing, in which Sessions faced two questions regarding Russian contact. Senator Patrick Leahy asked Sessions if he had been in contact “with anyone connected to any part of the Russian government about the 2016 election.” Sessions responded with a no.
The other question came from Senator Al Franken, who asked, “If there was any evidence that anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign communicated with the Russian government in the course of this campaign, what would you do?” To which Sessions replied, “I’m not aware of any of those activities. I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign and I did not have communications with the Russians.”
Sessions seemed to understand Franken’s question as concerning contact in his role as a Trump surrogate. We don’t know what role Sessions had met Kislyak in, for Sessions was also a Senator and a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee who, according to his spokesperson, met with numerous foreign ambassadors.
On top of all this, someone in D.C. had to have leaked information to the Washington Post regarding Sessions’ two meetings, for they were not hitherto known about. And, go figure, the Post published their report approximately 24 hours after President Trump’s well-received Congressional address.
There is simply no evidence of Sessions colluding with the Russians on campaign matters. Therefore, there is also no evidence that Sessions “lied under oath.” This smells like nothing short of a politically motivated witch-hunt.