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You Say Jeff Sessions Lied About His Communications With Russia? Let's Go to the Tape.

New Attorney General Jeff Sessions watches from the background as his Senate replacement Alabama Republican Sen. Luther Strange is welcomed at a ceremony at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

In our anti-Trump-induced 24 hour outrage cycle, liberals attack Trump on everything from how advisers sit on couches to his tie length. This morning, comes the new and ABSOLUTELY fake news that Jeff Sessions lied under oath.

During his Senate Confirmation hearings, then-Senator Jeff Sessions was fielding questions from SNL-Alum-Turned-Senator Al Franken.  Franken, quoting an “unnamed source” (code for BS) report about Russian intelligence having dirt on Trump, asked the AG-nominee as to his suggestions for action against those whom may have had contact.

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: “Senator 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 any communications with the Russians and I am unable to comment on it.”

 

Do Democrats ignore the crystal clear context of this statement?  Franken, referencing a specific “report,” asked a specific question – which was not whether Sessions himself had any contact with the Russians. He asked what Sessions would do if he found out Trump campaign staff had contact with the Russians.  To that, Sessions’ specific answer was he could not comment, which is exactly what a prosecutor should say about the prospect of prosecuting anyone for anything! In relation to Session’s own contact with the Russians, he stated that he,  AS A SURROGATE (that is, for the Trump campaign) had no contact with the Russians.

Sure, with Sessions’ many committee assignments including the Armed Services Committee and the Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, he is sure to have official meetings with foreign representatives.  Are liberals suggesting he can’t perform his official duties?  Again, however, let’s be laser focused on what he was asked and what he answered.  To suggest that Sessions lied, is well, dishonest.

That is pretty specific.  We know Claire McCaskill is a liar on this very subject (while not under oath obviously, but a liar none the less).  Al Franken can’t even be honest about the context of the question he asked.  There are plenty of things to be outraged about with the Trump administration.  This isn’t one of them.  Move along.