The Washington Post just reported that our current Attorney General and former Senator Jeff Sessions had not one but two meetings with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador, during the presidential election that he failed to disclose during his confirmation hearing.
One of those meetings took place privately in the Senator’s office in September as the Russian cyberwarfare and interference campaign in the 2016 election began to come to light.
This means that during his confirmation hearings, Sessions lied under oath to Congress about the full nature of his activities during the election:
Sessions was asked by Sen. Al Franken, a Minnesota Democrat, 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.
While it’s all very well and good for Sessions to suddenly have amnesia and to “not consider the conversations relevant,” there are millions of Americans who would be very interested in knowing what he discussed with the Russian government.
Since Sessions is the head of the Justice Department, which oversees the FBI, which is overseeing the investigation into Trump and his Russian scandal, we must demand that he recuse himself and appoint an independent prosecutor to get to the bottom of this conspiracy – which he has so far refused to do.
It’s just further evidence that Trump’s entire cabinet is in some way or another involved in the efforts to subvert our democratic system and install a puppet beholden to the Kremlin in White House.
Opinion columnist and former editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.