After learning Attorney General Jeff Sessions met twice, as a senator, with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. without telling Congress at his confirmation hearing, Democrats were stunned. However it turns out Sergey Kislyak is no stranger to lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.
Frequent visitor to the Obama White House, the longtime Russian ambassador met with seven then-Democratic senators in a single sit-down in 2013.
House Speaker Paul Ryan confirmed on Thursday, “We meet with ambassadors all the time.
According to our source, Fox News, the central issue dogging Sessions is that he claimed during his confirmation hearing he had no “communications” with Russian officials during his time as a Trump campaign surrogate. Sessions in a press conference rejected claims he misled Congress and suggested he was answering in the context of campaign-related discussions, which he maintains he never had.
But, that was quickly proven false.
In addition are pair of tweets first unearthed by National Review’s Charles C.W. Cooke showed McCaskill twice wrote messages about meetings with Kislyak, in 2013 and 2015.
“Off to meeting w/Russian Ambassador. Upset about the arbitrary/cruel decision to end all U.S. adoptions, even those in process.”
“Today calls with British, Russian, and German ambassadors re: Iran deal. #doingmyhomework.”
Later, McCaskill blamed Twitter’s character limit for the seeming disparity in her claims, suggesting the limit prevented her from being more specific in Thursday’s tweet.
It is known that McCaskill’s 2013 meeting was the one involving a total of seven Democratic senators. She joined several Republicans and six other Democratic senators that day in an appeal to Kislyak for Moscow to reverse its blockade of U.S. adoptions of Russian children.
In that meeting also were: Sens. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Maria Cantwell of Washington, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Jack Reed of Rhode Island, Robert Casey of Pennsylvania and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island.
President Trump also took a shot Friday at top Democrats looking for expose his supposed Russia ties – tweeting out a newly unearthed photo of a younger Sen. Chuck Schumer and Vladimir Putin enjoying coffee and donuts.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 3, 2017
“We should start an immediate investigation into @SenSchumer and his ties to Russia and Putin. A total hypocrite!” – the president tweeted.
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