Jeff Sessions: the Newest Target for Supposed Collusion with Russians

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The New York Times and The Washington Post have both released stories claiming Attorney General Jeff Sessions had meetings with Russian officials during the presidential campaign. The Trump administration and Jeff Sessions himself say he did nothing wrong.

The issue dates back to Sessions’ hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. He was asked by Senator Al Franken (D-MN) if he had any evidence that anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign communicated with the Russian government in the course of the campaign.

Sessions replied that he was not aware of any of those activities and did not have communications with the Russians.

At the time of this hearing, Sessions was a Senator on the Army Services Committee, and conversations between senators and foreign diplomats are common and routine.

According to records, Session met with ambassadors from a variety of countries a total of 30 times as Senator. He was reported to have met twice with Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak. The implication by Democrats and the media are that these were secret meetings about how to give the election to Trump.

Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO), who demanded Session’s resignation, initially claimed she never called or met with Russia’s ambassador. But tweets quickly surfaced indicating that she had, twice. She met with Kislyak in 2013 and 2015, then tweeted about it, writing, #doingmyhomework.

House Democrat leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) also demanded Sessions’ resignation. Pelosi accused Sessions of “lying under oath.” However, in order to prove perjury, the government would have to conclude that Sessions intended to mislead Senator Franken and the committee during those hearings.

Thursday afternoon, the Attorney General held a press conference. He said that the idea that he had ongoing meetings with Russian officials is totally false, and added, “My answer was as honest and correct as I could make it at the time.” Sessions said he would further explain this to the Senate judiciary committee in writing.

According to Sessions, on September 8, 2016, the Russian ambassador sent a staffer to his office to ask for a meeting and a time was set. Two senior staffers (both retired Army colonels) also attended the meeting. Sessions said the ambassador was an old-style Soviet pushing his agenda. The subject of Ukraine came up during the conversation and according to the ambassador, Russia did nothing wrong in any area. Sessions added that the conversation then got bit testy, but it was not a political discussion that he recalls. He declined the ambassador’s invitation to meet at a later date for lunch.

It was also reported that Sessions had a brief conversation with Kislyak at a Heritage Foundation event. Sessions said he doesn’t remember that meeting.

On this issue of recusing himself from any investigation into the campaign, Sessions said he and his staff evaluated the rules and he has decided to recuse himself from “any existing or future investigation that is in any way related to current or future matters related to the campaigns.”

President Trump and the White House counsel didn’t think Sessions should recuse himself, but Sessions said he evaluated the rules and they were clear that he should not be involved in investigating a campaign in which he had a role.

Why this Matters: The real story here is the effort by the mainstream media and the opposition party, led by President Obama, to delegitimize Trump’s presidency and remove him from office. The UK Daily News says Obama’s new Washington home is the headquarters for this effort, and Valerie Jarrett, a top Obama aide, has reportedly moved in with Michelle and Barack. Is she there to help?

Obama administration officials reportedly spent their final days in the White House trying to spread information within government about Russian efforts to undermine the presidential election and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

Three unnamed American officials told the New York Times that this spreading of information was done to preserve the intelligence and ensure Russian meddling would not happen again. The stories that came out in the press about those reports were missing any sort of verifiable facts proving Russian involvement.

Some are calling this week’s dustup “Flynn 2.0,” comparing the successful effort to get Gen. Michael Flynn thrown out as Trump’s national security advisor. The opposition suggested Flynn lied to Vice President Pence about his contact with the Russians, and now the charge is that Sessions lied to Senator Al Franken during his hearing.

Americans must not accept this fake premise of the Trump campaign colluding with the Russians. In truth, Democrat leaders are attempting to unseat President Trump any way they can. Trump’s speech on Tuesday night was a success, so it’s no wonder the opposition team has thrown down this fake news bomb.

Please be assured, there is no evidence whatsoever of any wrongdoing by Jeff Sessions or anyone in the Trump campaign.

How to Pray: Father, may these people and powers that peddle fake news find themselves quickly losing credibility and audience. Whatever they try to throw at the President and his cabinet, may it explode in their faces. Reveal the sources of fake news and expose the leakers in the government. Clean house, Father, we ask in Jesus’ name!

Give Jeff Sessions strength and the GOP in Washington some more backbone to stand against these slings and arrows.

Job 4:8 – Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.

Ps. 31:18, 24 – Let the lying lips be put to silence; which speak grievous things proudly and contemptuously agains the righteous. Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.

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