Dopey DOJ Attorney General Jeff Sessions bobbed and dodged his way through yet another Congressional hearing today. He seems to recall one salient detail about his time with candidate Trump per Congressional hearing, have you noticed? And always soon after Mueller interviews another Trump campaign insider. This time he suddenly remembered a Trump campaign meeting in which high-level Russian connections were discussed . . . just after former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos spilled his guts to Bob Mueller.
What a coincidence.
The Guardian has more:
Jeff Sessions on Tuesday acknowledged a former aide to Donald’s Trump presidential campaign informed him during the 2016 election about ties to Russian officials, appearing to contradict his own testimony to members of Congress during his confirmation hearing to become attorney general earlier this year.
Testifying before the House judiciary committee, Sessions said he only recently recalled a meeting during the 2016 presidential election in which George Papadopoulos, a foreign policy adviser to Donald Trump’s campaign, disclosed his contacts with Russians.
The attorney general also said he did not remember talking to Carter Page, an former foreign policy adviser to Trump who has said he told Sessions about a planned trip to Moscow.
It was revealed earlier this month that Papadopoulos had pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about the nature of his contacts with the Russians and had been cooperating with the special counsel Robert Mueller.
Sessions was pressed on Tuesday about court documents that revealed he led a meeting in March 2016 in which Papadopoulos spoke of his ties to Russia and offered to facilitate an encounter between Trump and the Russian president, Vladimir Putin.
“I had no recollection of this meeting until I saw these news reports,” Sessions said, adding he still lacked a “clear recollection” of what exactly Papadopoulos said during the meeting.
Sessions, who during his Senate confirmation hearing in January testified under oath that he was not aware of any contacts between Trump’s campaign and the Russians, vehemently denied intentionally misleading members of Congress.
“But I will not accept, and reject, accusations that I have ever lied under oath. That is a lie.”
Sessions’ memory was nonetheless far more clear on one aspect of his interactions with Papadopoulos – specifically that he discouraged the latter from setting up a meeting between Trump and Putin.
“After reading his account, and to the best of my recollection, I believe that I wanted to make clear to him that he was not authorized to represent the campaign with the Russian government, or any other foreign government, for that matter,” Sessions said.
“But I did not recall this event, which occurred 18 months before my testimony of a few weeks ago, and would gladly have reported it.”
Sessions recused himself from the FBI’s investigation in March after it was revealed he failed to disclose at least two meetings with Sergey Kislyak, then the Russian ambassador to the US, during the campaign. Sessions made no mention of the meetings during his confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill, telling lawmakers he had “never met with any Russian officials to discuss issues of the campaign”.
Now…..why isn’t that perjury, plain and simple? Ah well. During the hearing Sessions was prodded by Republican committee members to order yet another investigation into Hillary Clinton.
On Tuesday, Sessions also appeared to suggest there was “not enough basis” to appoint a special counsel to investigate Hillary Clinton, a day after the Department of Justice confirmed the attorney general had authorized senior prosecutors to evaluate an inquiry into the Clinton Foundation.
Trump and Republicans have been clamoring for the DoJ to examine the sale of a uranium company to a Russian agency in 2010. The deal, which was approved by the state department when Clinton was at its helm, has been newly seized upon by Trump and Republicans despite no evidence of impropriety.
Sessions said appointing a separate special counsel to investigate Clinton would require “a factual basis”.
In a heated exchange with Jim Jordan, a Republican congressman from Ohio who asked what it would take to appoint a special counsel to investigate allegations against Clinton, Sessions said: “We will use the proper standards, and that’s the only thing I can tell you.
“You can have your idea, but sometimes we have to study what the facts are, and to evaluate whether it meets the standards it requires.”
A fiery Jordan continued to allege misconduct by Clinton. Citing additional reports that her campaign and the Democratic National Committee funded the Fusion GPS dossier into Trump’s ties to Russia, Jordan maintained it “looks like” there was enough evidence to warrant naming a second special counsel.
Sessions tersely responded: “I would say ‘looks like’ is not enough basis to appoint a special counsel.”
Sessions later sought to clarify his comments, stating: “I did not mean to suggest I was taking a side one way or the other on that subject.”
Way to weasel Goblin-boy. Do you think that “clarification” is enough to ease Trump’s itchy Twitter finger?