Knowing how pathetic Republicans are when it comes to holding themselves to even a fraction of the same standards they do others, it’s not surprising to see that their defense for Jeff Sessions’ perjury is flat-out laughable.
For example, this article I found on FoxNews.com implying the outrage over Sessions lying to Congress is hypocritical because there’s a lengthy list of Democrats who’ve also met with Sergey Kislyak:
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.
The article also made sure to mention the tweet Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) sent out claiming she had never met with the Russian ambassador, which turned out to not be entirely accurate. She actually had two meetings with the ambassador in 2013 and 2015. So clearly she’s a hypocrite and a liar, right?
Slight difference though.
The reason why we know McCaskill’s tweet wasn’t accurate is because she publicly wrote about her meetings with Kislyak. In 2013, she met to discuss anger over Russia ending all U.S. adoptions. While in 2015, she had calls with several ambassadors that happened to include Russia’s in relation to President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran.
While McCaskill clearly made a mistake, what she didn’t do is lie under oath to Congress about those meetings — then say she doesn’t remember what was discussed. You know, like Jeff Sessions has done.
Even Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has tried to dismiss outrage from Democrats, stating members of Congress meet with ambassadors all the time.
This is actually how conservatives are trying to dismiss this scandal. Since other members of Congress have met with the Russian ambassador, and because a foreign ambassador met with President Obama a few times during his eight years in office, that means Sessions’ meeting isn’t a big deal.
Republicans say a lot of outrageous things, but this is one of the dumbest defenses I’ve ever seen.
Let me make this perfectly clear: A member of Congress or a president meeting with the Russian ambassador isn’t the scandal here.
This story is a huge deal for several reasons that have nothing to do with a “member of Congress/the president meeting a foreign ambassador” as the right is desperately trying to spin this.
Here’s why Sessions meeting with Kislyak is so controversial:
- While Sessions is one of 26 senators on the Senate Armed Services Committee, none of the other members met with Kislyak in 2016.
- Sessions had two meetings with the ambassador, one of which was held privately in his office.
- The timing of that meeting just happened to be weeks before the election, during a time when U.S. intelligence officials knew Russia had attacked the United States in an effort to influence an election to help elect the candidate he was supporting.
- Sessions doesn’t seem to be able to recall what he discussed with Kislyak — the second person linked to Trump who was caught having questionable contact with Russians officials who couldn’t remember what they discussed.
- When he was asked by Congress about allegations people connected to Trump’s campaign were communicating with Russian officials, Sessions said, “I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign and I did not have communications with the Russians.”
- After weeks of refusing to say whether or not he’d recuse himself from any investigation concerning ties between Trump and Russia, Sessions only agreed after he was caught lying about his two meetings.
- These were private meetings that occurred in 2016, weeks before an election that we knew Russia was trying to influence — not in 2013 at a meeting attended by a bipartisan group of senators where we know exactly what was discussed.
- Donald Trump is the most pro-Russian politician we’ve ever seen, a man who staunchly refuses to say anything negative about Vladimir Putin, who has several allegations swirling around him indicating he may very well have committed treason.
That’s why this situation is entirely different than this asinine excuse conservatives are trying to make for Sessions. There’s absolutely no comparison between a publicly announced meeting from 2013 with a bipartisan group of senators, and a private meeting Sessions perjured himself in front of Congress lying about until he could no longer deny it occurred.
This is a great example proving how naive the GOP and conservative media know their supporters are that they’d even try to use such an idiotic defense over the reality that Attorney General Jeff Sessions blatantly lied, under oath, about a private meeting he had with a Russian official.
This is an absolute joke, and Republicans know it.
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