If Jeff Sessions is the AG 24 hours from now, understand — Trump WH is fine with being lying, lawless & in bed with Russian intelligence.
— John Schindler (@20committee) March 2, 2017
McConnell and Ryan have received extensive intelligence briefings.
But they put their obedience to Trump ahead of their duty to country.
— Adam Jentleson (@AJentleson) March 2, 2017
"The FBI’s role in the investigation into Mr. Sessions’ conversations left the agency 'wringing its hands'" https://t.co/rAA6pX34Zf
— Stefan Becket (@becket) March 2, 2017
#EvenTheNotLiberal Wall Street Journal:
U.S. investigators have examined contacts Attorney General Jeff Sessions had with Russian officials during the time he was advising Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, according to people familiar with the matter.
The outcome of the inquiry, and whether it is ongoing, wasn’t clear, these people said. The contacts were being examined as part of a wide-ranging U.S. counterintelligence investigation into possible communications between members of Mr. Trump’s campaign team and Russian operatives, they said…
During his confirmation hearing for attorney general in January, Mr. Sessions, a Republican senator from Alabama, testified under oath that he had no contact with Russian officials as a campaign surrogate and never discussed the 2016 election with Russian officials.
But Mr. Sessions spoke with the Russian ambassador to the U.S., Sergei Kislyak, while the Republican National Convention was under way in Cleveland last summer, according to his spokeswoman, Sarah Flores. He also spoke with Mr. Kislyak on another occasion last year, in a meeting in his Senate office, she said, clarifying that the meeting was in person and not on the phone as she had initially said…
The focus of the U.S. counterintelligence investigation has been on communications between Trump campaign officials and Russia. The inquiry involving Mr. Sessions is examining his contacts while serving as Mr. Trump’s foreign-policy adviser in the spring and summer of 2016, one person familiar with the matter said.
The investigation is being pursued by the FBI, Central Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency and Treasury Department, officials have said. Counterintelligence probes seldom lead to public accusations or criminal charges.
However, the probe, if ongoing, could create a highly unusual and sensitive political dynamic given that the FBI is part of the Justice Department that Mr. Sessions, as attorney general, now leads. Mr. Sessions has only been in office for under a month and the investigation began before he was nominated and approved by the Senate…
As a senator, Mr. Sessions was a sharp critic of Russia. He supported kicking the country out of the Group of Eight summit and called for sanctions against Moscow for its 2014 invasion of Ukraine.
“I believe a systematic effort should be undertaken so that Russia feels pain for this,” Mr. Sessions said at the time.
But his rhetoric softened after he endorsed Mr. Trump, and he advocated better relations with Russia.
Mr. Sessions joined the Trump campaign in February 2016 at a rally in the former senator’s home state of Alabama. Within days, Mr. Trump named him chairman of his campaign’s national-security advisory committee.
It is unclear whether anyone in Congress knew about the investigation into Mr. Sessions’ Russian interactions before Mr. Sessions was confirmed…
Evan Perez just said it on CNN, so I suppose I can here: Kislyak wasn't just ambassador, he was Russia's "top spy recruiter" in D.C.: SVR.
— Michael Weiss (@michaeldweiss) March 2, 2017
Jeff Sessions in 1999 speaking on the importance of prosecuting Bill Clinton over perjury allegations pic.twitter.com/LCV6AqZB17
— Lee Fang (@lhfang) March 2, 2017
Politico, “Sessions Under Fire Over Russian Meetings“:
Top congressional Democrats called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign Wednesday after revelations that he had met with the Russian ambassador in the months before the election — meetings that Sessions did not disclose during his confirmation hearings…
“The Attorney General must resign,” Pelosi wrote in a statement. “There must be an independent, bipartisan, outside commission to investigate the Trump political, personal and financial connections to the Russians.” Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the ranking member on the House oversight committee, also called on Sessions to resign, as did Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).
In a statement in the wee hours of Thursday morning, Sessions said, “I never met with any Russian officials to discuss issues of the campaign.”…
These latest developments come amid a sharp dispute in Congress over how to investigate Trump’s ties to Russia, with Democrats on the House and Senate Intelligence Committees questioning whether their Republican chairmen are fit to lead impartial probes.
House Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) and Senate Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) both made calls to reporters at the behest of the White House to challenge reports of repeated contacts during the campaign between Trump aides and Russian officials, as The Washington Post reported over the weekend.
And Nunes appeared to prejudge the outcome of his committee’s investigation on Monday, telling reporters that intelligence officials had shared with him the high points of their investigations and that he had seen no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow. The panel’s ranking Democrat, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), chastised Nunes later that day, saying their committee investigation was only in its initial stages and hadn’t even begun collecting evidence.
Many Democrats and a few Republicans — including McCain and Graham — have called for a select committee to investigate the issue, but GOP leaders have so far rejected those calls, which would give them less control over the course of the investigations….
Repeat after me, Repubs: “It’s not the crime, it’s the coverup.”
“I did not have communications with the Russians” pic.twitter.com/bMisujylPk
— Schooley (@Rschooley) March 2, 2017
Attorney General of the United States is basically a job where it's better if the person is not a documented liar. https://t.co/n2trsmzHoI
— Binyamin Appelbaum (@BCAppelbaum) March 2, 2017
Sessions also lied in his confirmation about his civil-rights record, and Ted Cruz had a tantrum about seeing anyone "impugn his integrity."
— Tom Scocca (@tomscocca) March 2, 2017
— The Hill (@thehill) March 2, 2017
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) March 2, 2017