During his long deliberations at the Senate committee of the possible Soviet interference and hacking during 2016 Presidential election campaign, the Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, kept mum on his meeting or talks with the Russian Ambassador. The fact is, Sessions had a long meeting with the Russian Ambassador, Sergey Kislyak, in July. Also, he met him at his Senate office at Trump Towers in September. Strangely, these two events were after his proposed appointment as the Chairman of the National Security Advisory Committee.
As expected, Jeff Sessions was prompt in denying the allegation. The Wednesday night statement was blunt telling that he did not meet any Russian Ambassador to discuss the election. And in Thursday morning statement he said that he “did not meet Russians at any time to discuss any political campaign, and those remarks are unbelievable and are false.”
Sen. Al Franken specifically asked Sessions during the confirmation session whether they had been communicating with Russians in any way. This is what was transpired. Sessions’ answer was that he is not aware of any of those activities. He denied vehemently of any such activity. He was called a ‘surrogate’ at a time or two in that campaign, and did not have communications with the Russians, and he is unable to comment on it.
In his answer under oath, Sessions admitted that he was a campaign surrogate he did not have communications with the Russians.
Now, he has admitted having communicated with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak but that the two of them didn’t discuss the 2016 campaign. If he has not talked about the forthcoming election, what did they discuss after all – Ukraine, NATO, the relationship between Russian-US relationship? Or he wanted Russia-friendly policy?
The allegations are that Trump and company tried to sabotage Hillary Clinton’s chances by all means. Quid pro quo approach included the assistance from Russia. The content of the ‘Sessions-Kislyak meeting’ is the crux of the key. (Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak is branded as a Russian spy). Sessions confession that he met Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in the capacity of a senator and not as a Trump campaign manager, did not go well.
Sessions paid for the trip to Cleveland for the convention out of his political funds, not his proper congressional funding. At the time, Sessions was indeed the chairman of Trump’s National Security Advisory Committee.
As a senior adviser to the Trump campaign, it would have been hard for Sessions to comprehend that he wasn’t attending the convention for any political purpose.
So, in short, on one of the two occasions that Jeff Sessions met with the Russian Ambassador, he was acting as a U.S. Senator. His non-disclosure is a grave offense as he was under oath. In fact Michael Flynn, Trump’s National Security Adviser, was eased on similar grounds and Sessions’ position is precarious too.