Jeff Sessions is the latest Trump cabinet member that is being targeted by the Deep State. The Washington Post wrote an article yesterday that indicates that Mr. Sessions had at least 2 conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the 2016 campaign.
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 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.
This wouldn’t really be a huge deal, but Sessions told Senator Al Franken (D-Minn) under oath during his confirmation hearing that he didn’t speak to any Russian officials. It would seem on it’s face that Jeff Sessions may have perjured himself.
Where this will go is anyone’s guess. It would seem that the nature of the conversations Mr. Sessions had with the Russian Ambassador would be relevant. If Sessions was acting as a member of Congress as he indicated he was during one meeting, then it would be understandable. If the conversations weren’t significant and simply exchanging pleasantries as they passed one another, then this would be an overblown matter. If however, Sessions made promises or negotiated policy on behalf of the future Trump administration, then you can see where the problem would lie.