Another day, another Russia story.
The Washington Post reported Friday that U.S. intelligence intercepted a conversation in which Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak told his superiors that he had discussions with then Senator Jeff Sessions about matters related to the 2016 campaign as well as policy positions and the future relationship between the two superpowers, should Trump become President.
Though it has been confirmed that the Attorney General has met Kislyak at least two times in 2016, Sessions has repeatedly denied that they had any substantive exchanges.
First in March when he declared:
“I never had meetings with Russian operatives or Russian intermediaries about the Trump campaign, and the idea that I was part of a quote, ‘continuing exchange of information’ during the campaign between Trump surrogates and intermediaries for the Russian government is totally false”
Then in June in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee:
“If any brief interaction occurred in passing with the Russian ambassador during that reception, I do not remember it,” said Sessions said during testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee in June.
If Kislyak’s intercepted intel is true, it would be a direct contradiction to Sessions’ previous statements. It would also mean he committed perjury — a felony crime. They key word here is – if. It’s always a possibility that Kislyak could have been boasting or exaggerating the nature of his discussion with Sessions. It’s also plausible that the Russian Ambassador may have been dropping misinformation to mess with our intelligence.
The Washington Post story comes off the heels of Trump’s interview with The New York Times, where the President expressed his anger at the Attorney General for recusing himself from the Russia investigation, heating up rumors that Sessions’ days are numbered as the top law enforcement official in the land.
Strange timing isn’t it? Two days after Donald J.Trump has a hissy fit in the press over Sessions, a plum excuse for firing him drops right in his lap. It seems a great bit of luck for Trump. After all, he would be the one who would choose the next AG…an AG that would no longer be recused from his involvement in the Russia investigation. Convenient, no? Trump could then direct his new Attorney General to derail Robert Mueller’s efforts to get to the truth behind his relationship with Russia.
Democrats better make damned sure the information on Sessions is correct before they start calling for him to step down. Right now, with Sessions recused from all matters Russia, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is overseeing the Mueller probe. A new AG would be a Trump appointee…and you’d better believe the next one he’ll pick will do his bidding.