Russian FM calls Sessions uproar a replay of McCarthyism

Russian FM calls Sessions uproar a replay of McCarthyism

Russian FM calls Sessions uproar a replay of McCarthyism

Sessions twice spoke with the Russian envoy to the USA during the 2016 presidential campaign, a fact that seemingly contradicts sworn statements he made to Congress during his confirmation hearings.

The Washington Post reported last night that Sessions spoke twice past year with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

"I have recused myself in the matters that deal with the Trump campaign", Sessions told reporters at a news conference after several of his fellow Republicans in Congress called for him to recuse himself. Jeff Sessions was sworn in as President Donald Trump's attorney general, Democrats including Ohio Democratic Sen.

He described the reaction to the news of Mr Sessions' meetings as "an emotional atmosphere leading to resistance to the idea of any US-Russia dialogue". "It is false." Sessions had more than 25 conversations with foreign ambassadors past year in his role as a USA senator and senior member of the Armed Services Committee, and had two separate interactions with Kislyak, the department confirmed. The first, then National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, was forced to resign after he was found to have misled Vice-President Mike Pence about his phone calls with Kislyak in December.

Sessions argues he thought both questions focused on the campaign, not contact in general. In a written response on his Senate confirmation questionnaire when asked by Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy whether he had "been in contact with anyone connected to any part of the Russian government about the 2016 election, either before or after Election Day", Sessions also replied with a flat "No". Here's a list of all of those leaders he met in official meetings in his role as senator; it does not include phone calls or unofficial interactions, like the one Sessions had with Kislyak in July. He actually went beyond the specific question to volunteer the information that he had not met with the Russians - something so readily able to be checked, if he were intending to hide his brief meetings with the ambassador as part of his duties on the Armed Services Committee, that only a fool would try to deny them.

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The Justice Department acknowledged Sessions' contacts Wednesday night following a report in The Washington Post, but maintained there was nothing improper about them or his answers to Congress.

Republican Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma, who said that though he found it impossible to believe that Sessions could have colluded with Russian Federation, "if there is an investigation, he probably shouldn't be the person leading it".

"Attorney General Sessions should recuse himself to ensure public confidence in the Justice Department's investigation", said Collins, who endured criticism in ME for her enthusiastic support of Sessions' nomination in January. "The FBI needs to let us know if there is or there isn't".

"Jeff Sessions is an honest man".

"I'll open a military secret for you: It's the diplomats' jobs to have contacts in the country they are posted to", she said, sarcastically.

His stance began to change in March 2016 after it was announced at a breakfast meeting hosted by the American Council for Capital Formation that he was made Trump's foreign policy advisor. "It undermines the faith the American people have in the attorney general".

The Trump campaign's contacts with Russian Federation are under investigation by both the FBI and committees of Congress.

Senator Joe Manchin, the West Virginia Democrat who crossed party lines to support Sessions' nomination, said he called the attorney general after the Flynn news in February and asked him to recuse himself from the federal investigations.

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