The breathless headlines leapt off the page on Thursday, March 2. Attorney Jeff Sessions had contact with Russians! Sessions lied about it! The usual mindless politicians like Nancy Pelosi demanded Sessions resign. And it was all pushed by The Washington Post, whose own story disproved its report. The Post’s Headline:
Sessions met with Russian envoy twice last year, encounters he later did not disclose.
Its opening paragraph appears to be damning:
Then-Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) spoke twice last year with Russia’s ambassador to the United States, Justice Department officials said, encounters he did not disclose when asked about possible contacts between members of President Trump’s campaign and representatives of Moscow during Sessions’s confirmation hearing to become attorney general.
Well! It looks like another Trump appointee lying and trying to cover it up! What’s wrong with those Trumpers anyway? Unfortunately for the media and its anti-Trump acolytes, the article mentions nothing at all about the substance of either meeting, no information about what was discussed. Better still, after its sensational headline, The Post torpedoes its own article:
At his Jan. 10 Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing, Sessions was asked by Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) what he would do if he learned of any evidence that anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign communicated with the Russian government in the course of the 2016 campaign.
‘I’m not aware of any of those activities,’ he responded. He added: ‘I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign and I did not have communications with the Russians.
In January, Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) asked Sessions for answers to written questions. ‘Several of the President-elect’s nominees or senior advisers have Russian ties. Have you been in contact with anyone connected to any part of the Russian government about the 2016 election, either before or after election day?’ Leahy wrote.
Sessions responded with one word: ‘No.
Let’s review: Al Franken, perhaps the least humorous Senator in history, asked Sessions what he would do if he found out anyone involved with the Trump campaign spoke with the Russian government. He replied he wasn’t aware of anyone doing that, and though he had been called a “surrogate” of the campaign—he was never employed by the Trump campaign–he hadn’t had such communications. “Leaky” Leahy, a man whose leaks have actually cost lives, asked Sessions if he spoke with anyone in the Russian government about the 2016 election. Sessions had not.
The context of both questions is clear, and Sessions answered both within those contexts. He did not dodge, nor were the questions such that he, or anyone, would have been required to disclose any and all contacts he ever had, particularly none in the course of his normal duties as a United States Senator. In fact, Franken’s question was as confusing and imprecise as is Franken himself.
What did Sessions actually do? At a Heritage Foundation event, attended by some 50 foreign ambassadors, Sessions spoke briefly—essentially greeted and made small talk—with the Russian ambassador. Later, he had a meeting with the same man. Where? In some out of the way, clandestine bolt hole? At his senate office, and two high-ranking retired military officers were reportedly present for the meeting, a fact omitted by The Post. At the time, Sessions was a senior member of the Armed Forces Committee. Meeting with such people was an integral part of his job. The Post said as much:
Justice officials said Sessions met with Kislyak on Sept. 8 in his capacity as a member of the armed services panel rather than in his role as a Trump campaign surrogate.
‘He was asked during the hearing about communications between Russia and the Trump campaign — not about meetings he took as a senator and a member of the Armed Services Committee,’ Flores said.
She added that Sessions last year 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.
Oh, but Democrats tried to say Senators never met with ambassadors, like the idiot Claire McKaskell, as Roger Simon reports:
Nevertheless, calls ring out all over the Democratic Party for his resignation. In a bloodthirsty, yet pathetic, attempt to put a nail in Sessions’ coffin, Sen. Claire McCaskill jumped in to say that members of her (and Sessions’) Armed Services Committee were never supposed to meet with ambassadors — such meetings were exclusively for the Foreign Relations Committee — only to have photographic evidence of her own meeting with the Russian ambassador appear on Twitter within minutes along with several other embarrassing tweets of previous and subsequent meetings.
Oops. Amid similarly hysterical calls for Sessions to resign and/or to recuse himself from pretty much everything, The Post followed up its own report:
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Thursday that he will recuse himself from investigations related to the 2016 presidential campaign, which would include any Russian interference in the electoral process. [skip]
‘They [DOJ ethics attorneys] said that since I had involvement with the campaign, I should not be involved in any campaign investigation,’ Sessions said. He added that he concurred with their assessment and would thus recuse himself from any existing or future investigation involving President Trump’s 2016 campaign.
Once again, The Post, as is its standard operating procedure these days, tried to make something of nothing:
It also represents a departure from Sessions’s previous statements, including one on Monday, when he declined to say whether he would recuse himself. ‘I would recuse myself on anything I should recuse myself on,’ Sessions said then. ‘That’s all I can tell you.
Really? A departure from his previous statement? Sessions earlier said he’d appropriately recuse himself from anything he should recuse himself from. Hours later, he announced he’d recuse himself from something he should recuse himself from. There was no “departure,” he was merely a bit more specific in speaking about precisely the same subject. What did Sessions have to say about the allegations?
In a statement issued Wednesday night, Sessions said he ‘never met with any Russian officials to discuss issues of the campaign. I have no idea what this allegation is about. It is false.
Neither The Washington Post, nor anyone else, has been able to present the least actual evidence—there is, of course, no accounting for smears and innuendo—to contradict Sessions’ early statement. So what is going on?
President Trump called the Sessions allegation “a total witch hunt,” and he is correct. Democrats are scared to death of Sessions, because he, like Mr. Trump, is determined to restore the rule of law and will follow, not ignore, the Constitution. Worse, the Department of Justice will no longer be used as an enforcement arm of Social Justice Inc. All of the stealth radical leftists Mr. Obama worked so hard to embed in the DOJ will not be able to enact the progressive agenda rather than seek equal justice for all. They will actually be forced to honor their oaths of office. Getting rid of Jeff Sessions is high on the progressive list of dirty deeds to be done dirt cheap.
This is merely part of the evolving Democrat plan, the resistance against Mr. Trump, the war on every American that loves liberty, the rule of law, and the Constitution. Democrats, and their whipped puppy press lapdogs will do whatever is necessary, including making up stories as in this case, to harm any and every member of the Trump Administration and to prevent the reduction in size and power of the federal government. In that profoundly evil pursuit, they will have the help of more than a few dishonorable Republicans.
Democrats are determined to ride anything relating to Russia like a rented mule. Rush Limbaugh provides a good accounting here. The Sessions non-scandal is merely an extension of that obvious and dishonorable ploy. It might be useful to remember that there have been Democrat attempts to use the Russians to sway American elections, the most egregiously traitorous of which, was done by the former “Lion of the Senate,” Ted Kennedy—need I mention he was a Democrat?–as I wrote, back in 2012. It would also be good to remember Kennedy wasn’t trying to betray America to Russia, but to the Soviets, an evil regime dedicated to the destruction of America.
Of course, Barack Hussein Obama’s infamous , open-mic, promise to be more flexible—much more accommodating to Russian desires–after his second election is the gold standard by which betrayal of American interests in favor of Russia must be judged. Of significance too is Mr. Obama’s betrayal of our Polish and Czech allies in favor of Russia (it’s in the 2012 article). There remains, as this is written, no evidence whatever of any improper contact between the Trump Administration—to say nothing of attempts to betray America—and Russia or anyone else. Let’s not even get into the Iran deal, which is also done with an evil regime dedicated to the destruction of America and western civilization.
Americans that want to see our government returned to its constitutional limits must hold politician’s feet to the fire, particularly republicans more consumed with progressive hatred and the desire to hold onto power with which to rule the lives of others than to serve the nation. Whoever the media and their fellow progressives are attacking must be unflinchingly defended, for no reason other than that they are being attacked by profoundly anti-liberty, anti-American useful idiots.
Giving the slightest legitimacy to these false attacks loses the ideological and legal battle before a single shot is fired. If Republicans can’t figure that out, they’re richly deserving of the appellation “the stupid party,” and Mr. Trump’s victory, every Republican victory, will be for naught.
Pre-Posting Update: The Weekly Standard reports about last-minute changes in personnel at the Department of Justice done by Barack Obama, obviously as part of a plot to put his man in charge should Sessions be removed. It’s a sickening and sobering insight into what Americans are facing from Democrats
It has also been revealed that Senator Sessions met with the Russian ambassador at the instigation of the Obama Administration. By all means, take this link. It is certainly possible the Obamites tried to set up Senator Sessions. The plot thickens.