With the Michael Flynn scandal still within recent memory, another Russian related controversy for the Trump administration has emerged. This time it is with one of his most controversial cabinet members, Attorney General, Jeff Sessions.
The former Alabama senator had at least two conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. One meeting was at the RNC and the other at his office on the same day that Trump’s foreign policy position with Russia began making headlines. The controversy arises that during his confirmation hearing for attorney general, Sessions denied twice that he spoke to Russian officials about the election.
This is the third time the Trump administration has come under fire over alleged connections to the Kremlin. Michael Flynn as the National Security Advisor was forced to resign from his position after it was revealed that he lied to the VP, Mike Pence about his conversations with the same Russian ambassador. And even before that, Trump’s campaign manager, Paul Manafort, resigned under a series of stories about wired money he allegedly received from a pro-Russian political party in Ukraine.
The big discussion is whether the Attorney General broke the law. Sessions will have to be found guilty of committing perjury by purposely misleading congress. The odds right are now are that he most certainly did so. During his hearing on January 10th with Senator Al Franken, Sessions denied have any communication with Russian officials
FRANKEN: 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: Sen. Franken, I am not aware of any of those activities. I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign, and I did not have communications with the Russians, and I am unable to comment on it.
Both Sessions and spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores have defend this statement as being truthful because his meetings with Kislyak were conducted under his hat as a senator, not as a Trump campaign surrogate.
In another question about Russia during one of Sessions confirmation hearings, he was asked whether he talked about the 2016 with any Russian officials. Sessions denied he had done so either.