Breaking News: Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke TWICE with Russian Envoy during Trump campaign

jeff-sessions-liedAmerica’s top law enforcement compromised. Jeff Sessions LIED under Oath to Congress about Trump-Russian ties. Oh, what a tangled web we weave; when first we practice to deceive. How in the living hell can Jeff Sessions #DOJ investigate Trump-Russian ties when intelligence says he spoke to Russian ambassador TOO? HE MUST RESIGN! He’s unfit for office. Then LOCK HIM UP‼️

Then-Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) spoke twice last year with Russia’s ambassador to the United States, Justice Department officials said, encounters he did not disclose when asked about possible contacts between members of President Trump’s campaign and representatives of Moscow during Sessions’s confirmation hearing to become attorney general.

One of the meetings was a private conversation between Sessions and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak that took place in September in the senator’s office, at the height of what U.S. intelligence officials say was a Russian cyber campaign to upend the U.S. presidential race.

The previously undisclosed discussions could fuel new congressional calls for the appointment of a special counsel to investigate Russia’s alleged role in the 2016 presidential election. As attorney general, Sessions oversees the Justice Department and the FBI, which have been leading investigations into Russian meddling and any links to Trump’s associates. He has so far resisted calls to recuse himself.

When Sessions spoke with Kislyak in July and September, the senator was a senior member of the influential Armed Services Committee as well as one of Trump’s top foreign policy advisers. Sessions played a prominent role supporting Trump on the stump after formally joining the campaign in February 2016.

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167 Responses to Breaking News: Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke TWICE with Russian Envoy during Trump campaign

  1. Ametia says:


  2. Jeff Sessions ain’t got to go home but he needs to get the hell out of that AG position. He’s unfit to serve as attorney general. He LIED UNDER OATH!

  3. Ametia says:


  4. Ametia says:


  5. Ametia says:
  6. vitaminlover says:

    I am sooooooo enjoying these comments, ladies!

  7. Did #JeffSessions ask the FBI to block the Russia investigation before he recused himself? A subpoena for the FBI? #FixItJesus

    • Ametia says:

      No way in HELL, would a BLACK MAN ever get this far as POTUS with this much SHIT going down.

      UGLY, DIRTY, SCANDALOUS, and they are still trying to prop up this MOFO #45

  8. #Maddow Watching Rachel. My head is spinning. Did #JeffSessions ask the FBI to block the Russia investigation before he recused himself?

  9. Carter Page on All In With Chris Hayes.

    jail waiting on these folks.

  10. rikyrah says:

    It’s Raining Shoes in the Jeff Sessions Affair Today

    Kevin Drum

    Mar. 2, 2017 6:53 PM

    OK, I’m back from lunch. Have any more shoes dropped in the Jeff Sess—
    Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Thursday he will recuse
    himself from any investigations related to the 2016 presidential
    campaign, which would include any Russian interference in the electoral process….The announcement comes a day after The Washington Post revealed that Sessions twice met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and did not disclose that fact to Congress during his confirmation

    Okey doke. I guess we all saw that coming. Anything el—

    Michael T. Flynn, then Donald J. Trump’s incoming national security
    adviser, had a previously undisclosed meeting with the Russian
    ambassador in December to “establish a line of communication” between the new administration and the Russian government, the White House said on Thursday. Jared Kushner, Mr. Trump’s son-in-law and now a senior adviser, also participated in the meeting at Trump Tower with Mr. Flynn and Sergey I. Kislyak, the Russian ambassador.

    Huh. Well, Kushner is supposedly going to be dealing with foreign policy issues, so I suppose that makes sense. It’s all above board and—

  11. Ametia says:
  12. Ametia says:

    Putin Demands Sessions Resign from Russian Government

    MOSCOW (The Borowitz Report)—In a stunning rebuke of the Attorney General, Russian President Vladimir Putin has demanded that Jeff Sessions resign from the Russian government “at once.”
    Speaking at the Kremlin, Putin said that the controversies swirling around Sessions in Washington “no longer make it possible for Jeff Sessions to function as an integral part of the Kremlin team.”

    Putin asserted that Sessions had “become a distraction,” and ordered the Alabama native to clear out his desk at the Kremlin “by Friday morning at the latest.”
    While Kremlin sources said that forcing Sessions’s resignation was “a necessary measure,” they would not guarantee that he was the only member of the Trump Cabinet who would be expelled from the Russian government. Borowitz Newsletter (1)&CNDID=24441272&spMailingID=10542603&spUserID=MTMzMTgyNDUyMzAyS0&spJobID=1120182869&spReportId=MTEyMDE4Mjg2OQS2

  13. Ametia says:

    So Sessions is recusing himself?

  14. Breaking News: #JeffSessions will recuse himself from the Russia investigation.

    Recusal is not enough. RESIGN. You LIED under Oath.

  15. Ametia says:
    • Ametia says:

      Interesting how #45 camp puts out statement saying he has full confidence in Beauregard, then Beauregard holds presser at 4 p.m.

  16. Ametia says:

    See how this works, folks? #45 & his merry band of white supremacists want to racially profile, detain, deport, steal our basic human rights to health care, fair housing, voting rights, etc., while they LIE, COMMIT CRIMES, DON’T PAY TAXES, CAVORT WITH RUSSIAN SPIES, etc.


  17. Breaking: #JeffSessions will hold a news conference at 4pm

  18. Ametia says:

    We must not let up on the MEDIA.

    Don’t allow them to bait & switch stories to distract from #45 & his MERRY BAND of RUSSIAN ASS-KISSING, TRAITOROUS, ANTO-AMERICAN COHORTS, with fake spontaneous news of Yemen miracles and such!

  19. rikyrah says:

    Bush Ethics Lawyer Says Sessions Must Go
    by Martin Longman
    March 2, 2017 1:07 PM

    Richard W. Painter, who served as the Bush administration’s chief White House ethics lawyer from 2005 to 2007, was pretty quick to put together a little opinion piece for the New York Times after news broke last night that Attorney General Jeff Sessions lied during his confirmation hearing.

    He wants us to know that this has happened before and that it had very specific consequences:

    In 1972 Richard G. Kleindienst, the acting attorney general, appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee in a confirmation hearing on his nomination by President Richard Nixon to be attorney general. He was to replace Attorney General John N. Mitchell, who had resigned in disgrace and would later be sent to prison in the Watergate scandal.

    Several Democratic senators were concerned about rumors of White House interference in a Justice Department antitrust suit against International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation, a campaign contributor to the Republican National Committee. They asked Kleindienst several times if he had ever spoken with anyone at the White House about the I.T.T. case. He said he had not.

    That wasn’t true. Later, after Kleindienst was confirmed as attorney general, the special prosecutor, Leon Jaworski, and his team uncovered an Oval Office tape recording of a phone call in which Nixon told Kleindiesnt to drop the I.T.T. case. Kleindienst claimed that he thought the senators’ questions were limited to a particular period, not the entire time during which the case was pending.

    Jaworski didn’t buy it. He filed criminal charges against Kleindienst, who was forced to resign as attorney general. Eventually Kleindienst pleaded guilty to failure to provide accurate information to Congress, a misdemeanor, for conduct that many observers believed amounted to perjury. He was also reprimanded by the Arizona State Bar.

    • Ametia says:


      #45 to Sessions:


    • Ametia says:

      Whatever happened to proper VETTING of nominees, to ensure that they don’t become a complete and UTTER embarrassment later?

      Of course #45 never thought of this at all did he? He’s so wrapped up in his own world.

      It’s only a matter of time, before he goes down too. I HOPE HE GETS BURNED TO A CRISP.

    • Ametia says:

      Seriously, Trump already knew Sessions ties to RUSSIA. He wouldn’t have chosen him otherwise. THE WEB is getting mighty big and tight.

  20. And then prosecute him! Crimes were committed.

  21. bwa ha ha ha ha All these folks met with the Russian ambassador on their own? OK THEN!

  22. rikyrah says:

    From BJ:

    Yarrow says:
    March 2, 2017 at 11:21 am

    @Iowa Old Lady:

    As usual, Josh Marshall has interesting things to say about this. He says it has all the signs of big, shattering scandal, with people more distantly involved being picked off as they try to cover up. According to Marshall, they cover up because they know it’s bad


    This is what I’ve been saying. The IC is leaking out information. They got Flynn out. They will get Sessions out. They know how deep these Russian connections are. They know what Trump has done, is doing. The know there are Russian agents in the White House. They need those people gone because until they are the IC can’t do their jobs.

    So they’ll keep leaking information. They want Congress to do their jobs but if they don’t or won’t, then they’ll start leaking information about Members of Congress. The Republicans are in this up to their eyeballs. Their best move is to demand full investigations now, but they can’t because they will be implicated. They hope to avoid that, but they won’t. The longer it goes on, the worse it will be for them.

    Tick tock, motherfuckers.

  23. Recusal NOT enough. #JeffSessions need to RESIGN as Attorney General and be charged with perjury. He LIED under Oath. That’s a crime.

  24. Ametia says:

    Rep. Elijah Cummings: Sessions Should Resign Over Russian Conversations
    March 2, 2017·7:38 AM ET
    Heard on Morning Edition

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions met with a Russian diplomat ahead of the presidential election. Rachel Martin talks to Rep. Cummings who thinks Sessions should resign because he didn’t disclose it.


    • Ametia says:

      He’s a LIAR, Just like Cheeto Bandito #45. And they need to get #45 too, it’s only a matter of time. the GOP will try and milk him for all they can get with his small hands and a pen, they throw him overboard.

  25. Ametia says:

  26. If all the branches fall off the tree will it make a sound?

  27. Breaking: Nancy Pelosi: Sessions “LIED UNDER OATH” to the Senate. He’s “unqualified” and “unfit” to be Attorney General. #JeffSessions

  28. rikyrah says:

    Jeff Sessions Should Resign
    The Attorney General blatantly lied during his confirmation hearing.

    by Martin Longman
    March 2, 2017 12:24 AM

    Before we discuss whether or not Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III perjured himself during his Attorney General confirmation hearings, let’s look at what he said about President Bill Clinton perjuring himself in front of a grand jury and what he thought that meant for his fitness to serve as the “chief law-enforcement officer of the land.”


    You know, it’s fair to say that the president is the chief law enforcement officer of the land, but it’s also accurate to say that about the Attorney General. The president wears a lot of hats, and he basically relies on his Attorney General and the Department of Justice to enforce the law. The buck ultimately stops with Donald Trump, but it’s more accurate to say that Jeff Sessions is in charge of law enforcement. By his own standard, if he committed perjury in a congressional hearing, “equal justice demands that he forfeit his office.”

    So, why don’t we watch a little video of Jeff Sessions lying to Sen. Al Franken during his confirmation hearing.


    I don’t know if there are big or small coincidences, or just coincidences, but it would be some kind of coincidence if the only guy on the Senate Armed Services Committee who was serving as a surrogate to Trump was the only member to meet with the Russian ambassador and it didn’t have anything to do with the campaign.

    I need to go back and look at the September 8th timeframe and see how it checks out with stories that were unfolding at the time, as well as things that were suggested in the British dossier.

    There is so much smoke here at this point that we’re either looking at a volcano or the shadow of a smoking gun.

    Sessions knew what Franken and Leahy were asking and he knew why they were asking it. He lied.

  29. rikyrah says:


    Kay says:
    March 2, 2017 at 10:32 am
    Sessions is still saying he will recuse himself “if necessary”. This is this amazingly arrogant attitude Republicans have adopted- that they and they alone determine ethical issues. You know what this is? It’s elitist. Mere mortals have to follow rules. The powerful make their own rules and we can trust them to do that because they are IN FACT better than other people. It is offensive to even question whether they are self-interested.

    For ordinary people criminal justice is a set of bright-line rules and demands and they comply. They comply because they know they will get hammered if they don’t. He thinks the rules and laws that apply to every person they parade thru in belly chains and plastic slippers are a matter of his personal discretion.

    It can’t BE any reason than he thinks he’s better. That’s the only explanation.

    They are turning their own justice system into a joke. No regular person will have ANY faith in it and they shouldn’t. It’s two-tiered. Blatantly.

  30. Breaking: Senator Schumer calls on Jeff Sessions to resign

  31. rikyrah says:

    From BJ:

    Barbara says:
    March 2, 2017 at 9:31 am
    Just to add to my above comment: Ambassadors don’t freelance. Even if they wanted to they can’t, because everything they do is seen as an official action of the nation they represent. This is one reason why ambassadors don’t generally meet alone with individual senators at all, let alone without a script or an official reason. Being an ambassador is a little like being a judge. You have to be really careful not to give the wrong impression even in your social engagements.

  32. rikyrah says:

    @Aleta: Russian ambassador goes to the Senate office building and there are no records?

  33. rikyrah says:

    Laura Rozen
    sessions IDd at state/Heritage Fdn event as snr Trump natl sec. adv, kislyak invited him to lunch, sessions declined

    Laura Rozen
    so sessions thought enough about convo w kislyak to decline the lunch, but did not think worth correcting record that he had met him?

    Laura Rozen
    double taked when ranking House Judiciary Dem Elijah Cummings on npr today said they are told kislyak is top russian spy in US

    Laura Rozen
    WP’s Entous on NPR said Sessions met with Kislyak second time in sept in his senate office. sessions’ office not sure there are notes 1/

    Laura Rozen
    I wonder if there is US surveillance of calls from russians to Russia afterwards about what was discussed, how this came to light 2/

    Laura Rozen
    so sessions declined lunch at Kislyak’s home in july bc already concerns abt russia hacking issue

    Laura Rozen
    but then met with kislyak in senate office in sept., does not remember what discussed. 4/

    Laura Rozen
    denies any such meetings at nomination hearing, and does not correct the record thru staff for six weeks as flynn fired….5/

    Laura Rozen
    are there US intercepts of what kislyak reported back to Russia was discussed incl. with Sessions ? 6/

  34. rikyrah says:


    Matthew Yglesias wants to know

    Did Jeff Sessions meet routinely with the Russian ambassador in his senatorial capacity in years other than 2016?

  35. rikyrah says:

    Absolutely true:

    Patricia Kayden says:
    March 2, 2017 at 8:17 am
    @amk: No. The fish is rotten from the head to the tail. This is what you can expect when a corrupt businessman is elected who steadfastly refuses to show the American people his persona taxes. He’s hiding something and he attracts corrupt people to him like flies to rotting fruit. Each person he has appointed or nominated has some baggage or is unqualified for their Cabinet position (looking at you, Dr. Carson). What a disaster.

  36. rikyrah says:

    From Kay over at BJ

    Kay says:
    March 2, 2017 at 8:11 am

    I think it’s bullshit for the simple reason that I watched the tape and the way to make that distinction is to make the distinction. Say exactly that: I met twice as a Senator but not as a surrogate.

    Sessions is a fucking weasel. There was a way to do this in a forthright manner and he didn’t.

    He bothers me a lot because he was desperate for this job. He really, really wanted it. My sense then and now is he would say or do anything to get it and keep it. You saw what his first two acts were- they both targeted minority groups on civil rights. The moment he got that power he so desperately wanted he went after ordinary people who are vulnerable. THAT’S his character. No one has to guess anymore.

  37. SwedishSquadleader says:

    Did the entire administration go to bed with Russia? I think the WH need a total clean out.
    There’s one good thing that Trump have said, twice I think. “I’m not the leader of the world”. I don’t know if he’s telling him self but the world thanks. From the depth of our hearts.
    Best regards from Sweden :)

  38. Jeff Sessions making plans for black people but the Scripture says..

    Proverbs 26:27 If you set a trap for others, you will get caught in it yourself.

  39. After 8 yrs of being mistreated, obstructed @Potus44 looking out for America until the end. He preserved intelligence. #TRUEPATRIOT

  40. rikyrah says:

    This site is trying to keep on top and link all the threads of Trump/Putin from various sources

    This write-up will display the entire matryoshka as it is known publicly, along with dossiers of each player or organization within the web. Visualizations of each entity will accompany each dossier along with its individual links, as to increment the web in such a way that the reader can understand the sum of its parts. Within these sub-visualizations, we will limit degrees of separation to one link each for the sake of readability. Be aware that further links past that degree exist and can be viewed in the top-level view (i.e. Paul Manafort’s tie to Dmytro Firtash, who ties to Simeon Mogilavech, is not seen on Trump’s visualization, but the relationships by proxy should not be discounted).

  41. rikyrah says:

    uh huh
    Uh huh

    Kay says:
    March 1, 2017 at 11:47 pm

    Also, why was the attorney general so confident that none of this
    would come out that he blatantly lied under oath in a televised

    That’s pretty confident. I’d like to know why he thought he was bullet-proof.

    • rikyrah says:

      Silverman- BJ’s resident Intel guy, responded to Kay:

      Adam L Silverman says:
      March 1, 2017 at 11:55 pm

      @Kay: Because he, like most people, has no real idea how the Intel Community works. It probably never occurred to him that the NSA does standard, constant, routine monitoring of Ambassador Kisylak’s communications and any other signals intel they could collect. Moreover, even if he did know that or it occurred to him, he probably didn’t realize that it wouldn’t just be logged like a police investigation going through phone records or a trap and trace, but that a complete transcript of the call would be generated and then, because a US citizen was on one side of the call, compartmented and marked so it wouldn’t be accessed until/unless there was an intelligence/counterintelligence need to do so.

  42. Coretta Scott King warned about #JeffSessions in 1986 and from the GRAVE tried to warn America again. Y’all better listen!

  43. rikyrah says:

    Hey Donald, a tip: Cover-ups don’t get easier as they proceed. Russia tie leaks drown your joint session speech in less than 24 hrs.— John Dean (@JohnWDean) March 2, 2017

  44. rikyrah says:

    Media Alert:

    MSNBC Special about Trump and Russia begins in 5 minutes- the replay.

  45. rikyrah says:

    George W. Bush’s ethics lawyer calls Sessions’s talks with Russia: “Good way to go to jail”— The Hill (@thehill) March 2, 2017

  46. rikyrah says:

    Good Idea:

    Yarrow says:
    March 1, 2017 at 11:27 pm

    @Lizzy L:
    So we have to make them do it. Is everyone going to call their
    Senators and Reps tomorrow to demand they call for Jeff Sessions to
    resign? I will be!</

  47. rikyrah says:

    from BJ

    Yarrow says:
    March 1, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    Reposting from downstairs:
    This Sessions and Russia stuff. I said last night that the Intelligence Community would let some juicy tidbit drop today or tomorrow. And there it is! Our IC is coming for them. The IC can’t do their jobs properly because of Trump and this administration. They can’t keep us safe. These leaks are them working to keep us safe. Get rid of the Russian agents and other traitors.

  48. rikyrah says:

    And the larger problem as laid out by the NY Times – other countries’ Intel Communities have actionable intelligence on the connections between the President’s campaign and the Russians.

    American allies, including the British and the Dutch, had provided information describing meetings in European cities between Russian officials — and others close to Russia’s president, Vladimir V. Putin — and associates of President-elect Trump, according to three former American officials who requested anonymity in discussing classified intelligence. Separately, American intelligence agencies had intercepted communications of Russian officials, some of them within the Kremlin, discussing contacts with Trump associates.

  49. rikyrah says:

    Michael Weiss‏Verified account
    @ michaeldweiss
    Evan Perez just said it on CNN, so I suppose I can here: Kislyak wasn’t just ambassador, he was Russia’s “top spy recruiter” in D.C.: SVR.

  50. rikyrah says:

    thank you for this

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