Report of Sessions meeting with Russian Federation during campaign

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 23, 2017

FAKE NEWS, "Trump tweeted, again reverting focus to the barrage of leaks coming from the White House".

While Trump asserted Saturday that the president has "complete power", any effort to pardon himself would be sure to set off a legal and political firestorm.

Trump is scheduled to attend the commissioning of the USS Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier in Norfolk, Virginia, today.

Speaking aboard the USS Gerald R. Ford, he extolled the virtues of the "wonderful, handsome but very, very powerful" nuclear-powered warship - "We will win, win, win", he said, "we will never lose" - but also decried the budget compromise known as sequestration, which requires mandatory and corresponding military and domestic cuts. Intelligence agencies think Russian Federation tried to help Mr Trump to power. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said the committee will not subpoena the two men to force them to testify publicly next week, though it could do so in the future.

In contrast to President Trump's ongoing criticism of the nation's news media, which he often calls "fake news", former CIA Director John Brennan in his remarks at the Aspen Security Forum on Friday night said a free press is "one of the real foundational pillars" of USA democracy and that the intelligence community has a responsibility to defend it.

The Washington Post has reported that Mr Trump has inquired about his authority to pardon aides, relatives or even himself.

U.S. president Donald Trump has fired off a volley of tweets displaying his anger over multiple investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Scholars have raised questions about the scope of the president's legal authority in issuing pardons.

President Donald Trump says that while he has the power to grant pardons, the only crime so far has been leaks against his administration.

Earlier, in the wee hours of the morning, the President referred to the Post report in a tweet, saying leaks of intelligence information, "like Comey's", must stop.

The paper quoted current and former administration officials who cited U.S. intelligence intercepts of Ambassador Sergey Kislyak's accounts to his bosses in Moscow of two encounters he had with Sessions, then an adviser to Trump, during the campaign.

When The Washington Post reported he had met with Russian officials, Sessions said he didn't recall meeting about politics with Russians. That meeting was held in Trump Tower in NY after the lawyer offered damaging information about Clinton. "I never had meetings with Russian operatives or Russian intermediaries about the Trump campaign", Sessions said in March.

According to the Post, Kislyak told his superiors in Moscow about two conversations he had with Sessions, which included a discussion on policy issues important to the Kremlin.

Trump responded to the report on Twitter on Saturday, complaining about "illegal leaks".

One would imagine there isn't anything more damning floating around than those emails, but I wouldn't put it past Trump Jr.to have left a voicemail saying "I love to collude with Russian Federation on behalf of the Trump campaign".

Former FBI Director James Comey past year said Clinton had acted irresponsibly but that he wouldn't seek charges.

Let's take another example of Trump campaign members forgetting their contacts with Russia to underscore why that argument doesn't make sense: Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner has revised his security clearance forms several times to mention his contacts with Russian officials.

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