Uh-Oh! Will Trump Have To Let Sessions Go? TPTB Out For Blood

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Lindsey Graham is already saying a special prosecutor should investigate Sessions. They REALLY want him out of DOJ before child sex trafficking/Pedo/Pizzagate explodes! Then again this is from WaPo so it could be a very fake story. Then again, if this is true, President Trump could maybe fill Session's DOJ spot with General Kelly! :lkick:

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Sessions spoke twice in 2016 with Russian ambassador. He didn’t disclose this at confirmation hearing to become AG


WASHINGTON – 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 Donald Trump’s campaign and representatives of Moscow during Sessions’s confirmation hearing to become attorney general.

One of the meetings was a private conversation between Sessions and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak that took place in September in the senator’s office, at the height of what U.S. intelligence officials say was a Russian cyber campaign to upend the U.S. presidential race.

The previously undisclosed discussions could fuel new congressional calls for the appointment of a special counsel to investigate Russia’s alleged role in the 2016 presidential election. As attorney general, Sessions oversees the Justice Department and the FBI, which have been leading investigations into Russian meddling and any links to Trump’s associates. He has so far resisted calls to recuse himself.

When Sessions spoke with Kislyak in July and September, the senator was a senior member of the influential Armed Services Committee as well as one of Trump’s top foreign policy advisers. Sessions played a prominent role supporting Trump on the stump after formally joining the campaign in February 2016.

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.”

Officials said Sessions did not consider the conversations relevant to the lawmakers’ questions and did not remember in detail what he discussed with Kislyak.

“There was absolutely nothing misleading about his answer,” said Sarah Isgur Flores, Sessions’s spokeswoman.

In January, Sen. Patrick 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.”

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.

In the case of the September meeting, one department official who came to the defense of the attorney general said, “There’s just not strong recollection of what was said.”

The Russian ambassador did not respond to requests for comment about his contacts with Sessions.

The Washington Post contacted all 26 members of the 2016 Senate Armed Services Committee to see whether any lawmakers besides Sessions met with Kislyak in 2016. Of the 19 lawmakers who responded, every senator, including Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., said they did not meet with the Russian ambassador last year. The other lawmakers on the panel did not respond as of Wednesday evening.

“Members of the committee have not been beating a path to Kislyak’s door,” a senior Senate Armed Services Committee staffer said, citing tensions in relations with Moscow. Besides Sessions, the staffer added, “There haven’t been a ton of members who are looking to meet with Kislyak for their committee duties.”

Last month, The Washington Post reported that Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn had discussed U.S. sanctions with Kislyak during the month before Trump took office, contrary to public assertions by Mike Pence, the vice president-elect, and other top Trump officials. Flynn was forced to resign the following week.

When asked to comment on Sessions’s contacts with Kislyak, Franken said in a statement to The Washington Post on Wednesday: “If it’s true that Attorney General Sessions met with the Russian ambassador in the midst of the campaign, then I am very troubled that his response to my questioning during his confirmation hearing was, at best, misleading.”

Franken added: “It is now clearer than ever that the attorney general cannot, in good faith, oversee an investigation at the Department of Justice and the FBI of the Trump-Russia connection, and he must recuse himself immediately.”

Current and former U.S. officials say they see Kislyak as a diplomat, not an intelligence operative. But they were not sure to what extent, if any, Kislyak was aware of or involved in the covert Russian election campaign.

Steven Hall, former head of Russia operations at the CIA, said that Russia would have been keenly interested in cultivating a relationship with Sessions because of his role on key congressional committees and as an early adviser to Trump.

Sessions’s membership on the Armed Services Committee would have made him a priority for the Russian ambassador. “The fact that he had already placed himself at least ideologically behind Trump would have been an added bonus for Kislyak,” Hall said.

Michael McFaul, a Stanford University professor who until 2014 served as U.S. ambassador to Russia, said he was not surprised that Kislyak would seek a meeting with Sessions. “The weird part is to conceal it,” he said. “That was at the height of all the discussions of what Russia was doing during the election.”

Two months before the September meeting, Sessions attended a Heritage Foundation event in July on the sidelines of the Republican National Convention that was attended by roughly 50 ambassadors. When the event was over, a small group of ambassadors approached Sessions as he was leaving the podium, and Kislyak was among them, the Justice Department official said.

Sessions then spoke individually to some of the ambassadors, including Kislyak, the official said. In the informal exchanges, the ambassadors expressed appreciation for his remarks and some of them invited him to events they were sponsoring, said the official, citing a former Sessions staffer who was at the event.

Democratic lawmakers, including senior members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, have demanded in recent weeks that Sessions recuse himself from the government’s inquiry into possible ties between Trump associates and Russia.

Last week, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee, became one of the few Republican representatives to state publicly the need for an independent investigation.

Sessions’s public position on Russia has evolved over time.

In an interview with RealClear World on the sidelines of the German Marshall Fund’s Brussels Forum in March 2015, Sessions said the United States and Europe “have to unify” against Russia.

More than a year later, he spoke about fostering a stronger relationship with the Kremlin. In a July 2016 interview with CNN’s “State of the Union,” Sessions praised Trump’s plan to build better relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“Donald Trump is right. We need to figure out a way to end this cycle of hostility that’s putting this country at risk, costing us billions of dollars in defense, and creating hostilities,” Sessions told CNN.

Asked whether he viewed Putin as a good or bad leader, Sessions told CNN: “We have a lot of bad leaders around the world that operate in ways we would never tolerate in the United States. But the question is, can we have a more peaceful, effective relationship with Russia? Utilizing interests that are similar in a realistic way to make this world a safer place and get off this dangerous hostility with Russia? I think it’s possible.”

(c) 2017, The Washington Post · Adam Entous, Ellen Nakashima, Greg Miller

http://breaking911.com/breaking-news-sessions-met-russian-envoy-not-disclose-hearing-report/

 
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My most knowledgeable Twitter guy, Thomas Wictor was asked this quesyion...

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@ThomasWictor @poshn @ace2blue Do you think that session will get fired?

Wictor's response....

Thomas Wictor‏ @ThomasWictor 9m9 minutes ago

Thomas Wictor Retweeted Lene

No. He'll be compacted into a tube and sold to the public in slices.


Another person asks Wictor...

Hebrew Meier‏ @hebrewplorable

@ThomasWictor Well, next up.....the destruction of Jeff Sessions.

Wictor responds...

Thomas Wictor‏ @ThomasWictor 6m6 minutes ago

Thomas Wictor Retweeted Hebrew Meier

Yup. He's doomed.

Oh well. He couldn't match wits with Maxine Waters.


Another question for Wictor:

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@ThomasWictor Even Lindsay Graham is going after Sessions. Does he not fear Trump?

Wictor's response...

Thomas Wictor‏ @ThomasWictor 6m6 minutes ago

Thomas Wictor Retweeted ZippityDooDa

Why is everybody suddenly afraid of all these chronically unsuccessful pissants?

What do we gain by being in a permanent state of fear?


Go here to read his tweets https://twitter.com/ThomasWictor
 

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Matt Mackowiak‏ @MattMackowiak 10m10 minutes ago

It is entirely reasonable that a U.S. Senator, who sits on the Armed Services Committee, would speak to a foreign ambassador, incl Russia.
 

missd

Senior Member
Bottom line is that Sessions met as a rep of Armed Services Committee not as a rep of Trump campaign.
He should have disclosed that in his response to Frankenstein questioning. Everyone connected to Trump needs to be and stay squeaky clean for the upcoming 8 years.
 

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Asks Wictor...

Kelley Southworth‏ @ksouth21

@ThomasWictor how do we counter it? People are going to start believing the bs because it's repeated ad nauseum in the media



Wictor responds...

Thomas Wictor‏ @ThomasWictor 3m3 minutes ago

Thomas Wictor Retweeted Kelley Southworth

We leave it up to Trump and his people. They're conducting a wide-ranging counterespionage operation.

Will people EVER have faith in Trump?
 

Dennis Olson

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He should have disclosed that in his response to Frankenstein questioning. Everyone connected to Trump needs to be and stay squeaky clean for the upcoming 8 years.
Why? The question was asked in his role as a member of the Trump campaign. Which he was not when those conversations were held.

"Are you now, or have you ever been, a member of the Communist party?"
 

Lavender

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The Spectator Index‏ @spectatorindex · 9m9 minutes ago

BREAKING: Congressman Elijah Cummings calls on Jeff Sessions to resign after reports he spoke to Russian ambassador during campaign
 

Housecarl

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And they're scared of what will come out from an investigation of the Clinton Foundation, for starters...
 

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Thomas Wictor‏ @ThomasWictor 4m4 minutes ago

Thomas Wictor Retweeted Boston For Trump

Trump and his people are feeding the press both real and fake news. While this is happening, OTHER things are happening.

Keep that in mind.


Yes. We really DO need to keep this in mind.
 

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Thomas Wictor‏ @ThomasWictor 4m4 minutes ago

Thomas Wictor Retweeted Boston For Trump

Trump and his people are feeding the press both real and fake news. While this is happening, OTHER things are happening.

Keep that in mind.


Yes. We really DO need to keep this in mind.
YUP!
 

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Matt Mackowiakþ @MattMackowiak 10m10 minutes ago

It is entirely reasonable that a U.S. Senator, who sits on the Armed Services Committee, would speak to a foreign ambassador, incl Russia.
^^^THIS^^^

Simply having a discussion at an appropriate level does not mean you are engaged in a nefarious whispering campaign or making deals.

This is mainly WaPo throwing dung at the wall in the hopes that some of it may stick.
 

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JUST IN: PELOSI -- Calls on Attorney General Sessions to Resign
 

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Frank Thorp V‏Verified account
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JUST IN: PELOSI -- Calls on Attorney General Sessions to Resign
Yup. Looks like Barry and Val and Hil and Uncle George and the FSM are putting plan "Q" into motion. Only 9 more plans to go.
 

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Frank Thorp V‏Verified account @frankthorp · 1m1 minute ago

NEW: @SenWarren says Attorney General Jeff Sessions should resign
 

missd

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Why? The question was asked in his role as a member of the Trump campaign. Which he was not when those conversations were held.

"Are you now, or have you ever been, a member of the Communist party?"
Doesn't matter- it's like blood in the water. Feeding frenzy even if he answered factually, which of course he did.
 

TerryK

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I'm getting tired of this latest fanatic surge of McCarthyism.

Time to flip it all around and start investigating prior contacts of McCaine, Frankin, Leahy, Graham, etc.
These Dems and RINOs are the real leftist leaning commies and you can almost guaran damn tee that they are all hiding something.
Get rid of that clown running the FBI and get agents actively digging into the past of all these people pretending to be all concerned about the Russians.
Hell J Edgar Hoover was able to be the cross-dressing head of the FBI for so long because he had dirt on every f-ing politician in Washington.
As someone once said, "Everyone has something to hide"

These attacks won't stop until you take the knife away from the Dems and counterattack and draw some liberal blood. As I said, they all have something to hide.
 

BornFree

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Trump better tell them all to go to HE** on this one. This entire Russia thing is nothing other than a tool to attack Trump.
 

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I'm getting tired of this latest fanatic surge of McCarthyism.

Time to flip it all around and start investigating prior contacts of McCaine, Frankin, Leahy, Graham, etc.
These Dems and RINOs are the real leftist leaning commies and you can almost guaran damn tee that they are all hiding something.
Get rid of that clown running the FBI and get agents actively digging into the past of all these people pretending to be all concerned about the Russians.
Hell J Edgar Hoover was able to be the cross-dressing head of the FBI for so long because he had dirt on every f-ing politician in Washington.
As someone once said, "Everyone has something to hide"

These attacks won't stop until you take the knife away from the Dems and counterattack and draw some liberal blood. As I said, they all have something to hide.
I don't know why Trump hasn't been doing that (or maybe he has) from the start. And if he has, why isn't he dumping the goods?
 

BV141

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It's time to drop the hammer on Hillary's private server, the Clinton Foundation, and Anthony Weiner for starters!
Serve the subpoenas & walks the perps in broad daylight

The Trump Justice Dept. MUST go on the offensive for crimes committed.
Trump gave his speech yesterday.
Start the arrests by Sunday noon!
 

Be Well

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I don't know why Trump hasn't been doing that (or maybe he has) from the start. And if he has, why isn't he dumping the goods?
Trump is the president. Sessions is the attorney general, and he will go about his duties and no doubt it already, and things will be announced when it's the right time. Timing is everything. Art of War and all that.
 

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Wow, these vermin are doing the political equivalent of sitting down on the street in the middle of the city center, pouring gasoline on themselves, and lighting matches and lighting themselves on fire. I can't believe this suicidal idiocy. They can't possibly believe this will cause Sessions to vacate his position.
 

blueinterceptor

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If sessions did not talk to the Russians an behalf of Trump this is a non story. Sessions is United States senator. He interacts with people on behalf of this country all the time
 

Housecarl

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Trump is the president. Sessions is the attorney general, and he will go about his duties and no doubt it already, and things will be announced when it's the right time. Timing is everything. Art of War and all that.
Yeah, remember the film "Elizabeth" and the ending of the Norfolk plot...
 

TheSearcher

Are you sure about that?
Trump is the president. Sessions is the attorney general, and he will go about his duties and no doubt it already, and things will be announced when it's the right time. Timing is everything. Art of War and all that.
I think that as time goes on, the best the Dems can do is throw debris in Session's face to try to distract him and slow him down while he develops his prosecutorial strategy. If they can't distract him enough, or find a way to harm him, he'll finish that strategy and issue marching orders for arrest and sequester for those being investigated. In the meantime, Sessions has to step carefully around the appointees he inherited from the Obama administration, so no-one is tipped off to when the endgame begins. It's a big, big operation he has to manage to get everyone that needs to get got.
 
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