(NationalSentinel) Politics: The Washington establishment is 1-1 versus the Trump administration, as it now appears that Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the most conservative AG in decades, is the next target.
And, of course, the narrative is the same: The Russians hacked the election!
Democrats and some RINOs were successful in having former National Security Advisor and retired Army Gen. Michael Flynn tossed out for allegedly lying to Vice President Mike Pence over “inappropriate contact” with Russian officials during the interim period after the Nov. 8 elections and President-elect Donald J. Trump’s inauguration. But the establishment has been unable to sack close Trump advisor Steven Bannon.
So now it appears as though it’s Sessions’ turn on the hot seat over contacts he had with Russian diplomatic officials.
As reported by The New York Times:
Congressional Republicans began breaking ranks on Thursday to join Democrats in demanding that Attorney General Jeff Sessions recuse himself from overseeing an investigation into contacts between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. Those calls came after the disclosure that Mr. Sessions himself spoke with the Russian ambassador last year, in seeming contradiction to his testimony at his confirmation hearing.
Well, yes, Sessions did speak with the Russian ambassador, as is revealed later in the Times’ article:
[T]he Justice Department acknowledged on Wednesday that Mr. Sessions had twice communicated with the Russian ambassador last year. The first time was in July, at the Republican National Convention, after he gave a speech at an event for ambassadors sponsored by the Heritage Foundation. The second time was a visit to his office by Mr. Kislyak in September.
The Washington Post:
The Washington Post contacted all 26 members of the 2016 Senate Armed Services Committee to see whether any lawmakers besides Sessions met with Kislyak in 2016. Of the 20 lawmakers who responded, every senator, including Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.), said they did not meet with the Russian ambassador last year. The other lawmakers on the panel did not respond as of Wednesday evening.
So – what’s the context of the question by the Post? Because the very next paragraph says this:
“Members of the committee have not been beating a path to Kislyak’s door,” a senior Senate Armed Services Committee staffer said, citing tensions in relations with Moscow. Besides Sessions, the staffer added, “There haven’t been a ton of members who are looking to meet with Kislyak for their committee duties.”
But the Times said Kislyak went to Sessions’ office – not the other way around.
So, a smoking gun? Hardly, per the Times:
While confirming the conversations, the department played down both. Of the Heritage Foundation encounter, a Justice Department official said the Russian ambassador was among a small group of diplomats who approached Mr. Sessions as he was leaving the stage. The ambassadors, the official said, thanked Mr. Sessions for his remarks and invited him to join them at various events they were sponsoring, but he made no commitments to do so.
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Of the office visit, the official said, the discussion focused on relations between the United States and Russia and issues the two countries were facing, although the department left open the possibility that there had been “superficial” comments about news related to the election.
Justice Department spokesperson Sarah Isgur Flores said Sessions did not mislead anyone during his Senate confirmation hearing – the Times is making it sound as though he lied to Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., over “Russian contacts” – nor was his office meeting with the Russian ambassador. She said as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, he also had at least 25 conversations with foreign ambassadors, including those from Australia, Britain, Canada, China, Germany, India, Japan, Korea, Poland and Russia.
“He was asked during the hearing about communications between Russia and the Trump campaign — not about meetings he took as a senator and a member of the Armed Services Committee,” she said [and now would be a good time for Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., chairman of the same committee, to stand up for his former colleague and confirm that committee members do indeed have such conversations with foreign officials].
As for Sessions, he has left the door open to recusing himself from any subsequent “Russia investigations” moving forward, but has unequivocally denied any intrigue.
“I never met with any Russian officials to discuss issues of the campaign,” Mr. Sessions said. “I have no idea what this allegation is about. It is false.”
Fellow conservative and onetime GOP presidential contender Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, backed his fellow Senate Armed Services Committee colleague.
“I’m not concerned about that. I think what we are seeing is a lot of political theater,” Cruz told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
Could Jeff have been more clear in what he said [in answering Franken’s question, which was based on a CNN report about Trump campaign ‘contacts with Russian officials’].
Yes. I think it — that was unfortunate. But I think context matters a lot. Jeff was being asked about the Trump campaign communicating with the Russians. I think he understood that he was answering in that capacity. And that is perfectly understandable.
And the reason I say it’s political theater is the underlying meeting, you know, this morning, everyone is in high dungeon about the meeting. The underlying meeting is a nothing burger. It’s what senators do every day, meeting with foreign ambassadors; that’s part of the job.
And Jeff is a — was a very hard-working senator; he will be a hard-working attorney general. And so I think everyone is getting all worked up because it’s a chance to beat up the attorney general and beat up the president. But I think the underlying meeting is simply doing his job.
So – what was the Obama administration doing all along, since “U.S. intelligence has confirmed” that Russia “hacked the election” to help Trump (which is complete BS)?
The Times clears up that little riddle:
In the Obama administration’s last days, some White House officials scrambled to spread information about Russian efforts to undermine the presidential election — and about possible contacts between associates of President-elect Donald J. Trump and Russians — across the government. Former American officials say they had two aims: to ensure that such meddling isn’t duplicated in future American or European elections, and to leave a clear trail of intelligence for government investigators.
American allies, including the British and the Dutch, had provided information describing meetings in European cities between Russian officials — and others close to Russia’s president, Vladimir V. Putin — and associates of President-elect Trump, according to three former American officials who requested anonymity in discussing classified intelligence.
Wow – sounds so cloak and dagger, doesn’t it? So “official.” Er, but again, we can’t know just who is doing the spilling of information, because, well, it’s classified.
There is no doubt the Obama administration began the narrative that “Russia hacked the election.” We’ve known that from the beginning – and we know why (to assuage Democrat consciences over Hillary Clinton’s loss to a reality TV billionaire and to undermine him, period).
There is also this: If the Obama regime had been tracking all of this stuff in real time, months before November 8, why wasn’t it “leaked” to the Clinton campaign?
As we’ve reported, this is all a big psychological operation designed to undermine Trump, perpetuate the status-quo and thwart any effort by the president to truly transform Washington, as he promised. The deep state, the establishment and the intelligence community careerists don’t want a ‘reset’ with Russia, because of the big, bad, boogeyman is eliminated, so is their influence, prestige and budget.
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