Jeff Sessions Lied - Again - About His Involvement with Russian Federation

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 25, 2017

Sessions is already in the presidential doghouse. So speculation is growing about who might replace him. Sen.

The account is not corroborated by other sources, and it is possible that Kislyak was misrepresenting his conversations with Sessions - though the Post notes that Kislyak "has a reputation for accurately relaying details about his interactions with officials in Washington". Trump called him "Lyin' Ted" during the Republican primaries.

Shortly after Trump's tweet, the website Axios reported that Trump was considering replacing Sessions with another early supporter, Rudy Giuliani, a former NY mayor.

But Iona College Professor Jeanne Zaino said Giuliani and Christie have too much negative baggage to survive the Senate confirmation process.

Sessions said he had no plans to resign.

The president unleashed a series of tweets Saturday morning criticizing a Washington Post article focused on the attorney general, calling it an illegal intelligence leak.

Although Trump may have "raised the possibility" of bringing Giuliani into his administration as Attorney General, there's no way to know right now if he will actually act on the idea - especially considering what Guiliani had to say about Sessions. "After 1 year of investigation with Zero evidence being found, Chuck Schumer just stated that "Democrats should blame ourselves, not Russian Federation", the President tweeted Monday, later adding, "So why aren't the Committees and investigators, and of course our beleaguered A.G., looking into Crooked Hillarys crimes & Russian Federation relations?"

On Friday, responding to Trump's comments to the New York Times, Sessions said he is "totally confident that we can continue to run this office in an effective way", and regardless of whether he has the confidence of the president, "We serve him right now". "Sessions should have never recused himself, and if he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me before he took the job and I would have picked somebody else", Trump said. An anonymous former official told the Post that Sessions and Kislyak had "substantive" discussions on United States-Russia relations and then-candidate Trump's positions on the issues facing the countries' relationship.

During an event at the White House, Trump ignored a shouted question about whether Sessions should step down. Sessions, who was one of Trump's earliest and most influential supporters, made the shaky assertion that the meetings did not involve U.S. -Russia policy, and that he was only involved in his capacity as a senator.

"Loyalty is a two-way street", Gingrich said.

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