The arrest and subsequent guilty plea of Trump campaign adviser George Papadapolous was sure to reveal some long-awaited details in the investigation by Robert Mueller of the alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian government operatives in the 2016 election.
On Thursday, the first domino to fall was Jeff Sessions.
In court documents now unsealed following Papadapolous’s guilty plea, it was revealed that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had lied several times during his confirmation hearing and in other testimony to the Senate.
Although Sessions told senators that he did not recall anyone in the Trump campaign discussing collusion with the Russians in exchange for disparaging information on Trump’s political rival, Hillary Clinton, it is now clear that Sessions was involved in at least one exchange mentioned by Papadapolous to investigators. Sessions, in fact, was the one to nix the idea of a meeting between Trump or a campaign staffer with Russian operatives during the campaign.
This was not the first time Sessions perjured himself under oath.
— Marshall Cohen (@Marshall_Cohen) November 2, 2017
Sessions was forced to recuse himself from any decisions involving the Trump/Russia investigation after meetings he had with the Russian ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak, came to light despite his insistence at his confirmation hearings that he had held no such meetings. Despite the recusal, he signed off on Trump firing FBI Director James Comey while he conducted the investigation, a move many felt violated the law.
JUST IN: Sessions now recalls rejecting Russia trip for Papadopoulos, sources tell NBC News https://t.co/rlCb5wuDlI
— Hardball (@hardball) November 2, 2017
During another hearing in June, Jeff Sessions denied that he could recall any mention of Russian collusion during the campaigns in an exchange with Sen. Al Franken (D-MN).
‘Franken:“CNN just published a story alleging that the intelligence community provided documents to the president-elect last week that included information that, quote, ‘Russian operatives claimed to have compromising personal and financial information about Mr. Trump.’ These documents also allegedly say, quote, ‘There was a continuing exchange of information during the campaign between Trump’s surrogates and intermediaries for the Russian government.’ Now, again, I’m telling you this as it’s coming out, so you know. But if it’s true, it’s obviously extremely serious, and if there is any evidence that anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign communicated with the Russian government in the course of this campaign, what will you do?”
‘Sessions:“Senator Franken, I’m not aware of any of those activities. I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign, and I didn’t have — did not have communications with the Russians, and I’m unable to comment on it.”’
Although Sessions refused the offer of a meeting between Trump and the Russians, simply knowing about the meeting means Sessions lied about his knowledge of the activities and efforts to collude, according to the court documents detailing Papadapolous’s charges.
— MuuMuu Mama (@muumuu_mama) October 30, 2017
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