If true these revelations make clear that Sessions lied under oath during his confirmation hearing to become U.S. attorney general when he was asked about contacts between Donald Trump's campaign and the Russian government and then denied any contacts including himself in that list.
At that Jan. 10 Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing when Sessions was asked by Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) if he knew of any evidence that anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign communicated with the Russian government in the course of the 2016 campaign. Sessions replied...
“I’m 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 communications with the Russians.”
You can watch that interaction here...
Jeff Sessions deliberately and intentionally LIED UNDER OATH pic.twitter.com/ZFQdBjuLkh— #CalExit NaphiSoc (@NaphiSoc) March 2, 2017
about HIS meeting w Russian Ambassador to collude
The other instance of Sessions lying under oath came when committee was considering his nomination and he was asked by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) in a questionnaire if he'd had contact with anyone connected with the Russian government “either before or after election day?”
Sessions simply answered "No".
In what is a damning piece of information if true is that one of the supposed meetings between Sessions and Kislyak took place in September in the then-senator’s office, at the height of what U.S. intelligence officials say was the Russian cyber campaign to upend the U.S. presidential race.
These new revelations will undoubtably fuel new calls for Sessions recusal and the appointment of a special counsel to investigate Russia’s alleged role in the 2016 presidential election due to the fact that attorney general, Sessions, who oversees the Justice Department and the FBI, which have been leading investigations into Russian meddling and any links to Trump’s associates is now compromised.
Before becoming Trump's Attorney General Sessions was not only the Republican Senator of Alabama and senior member of the Armed Services Committee but was widely regarded as one of Trump’s top foreign policy advisers who played a prominent role supporting Trump after joining his campaign in February 2016.
Sarah Isgur Flores, Sessions’s spokeswoman has replied to the allegations with an issued statement saying that...
“There was absolutely nothing misleading about his answer." Flores continued, “He was asked during the hearing about communications between Russia and the Trump campaign — not about meetings he took as a senator and a member of the Armed Services Committee,”
She added that Sessions last year had more than 25 conversations with foreign ambassadors as a senior member of the Armed Services Committee, including the British, Korean, Japanese, Polish, Indian, Chinese, Canadian, Australian and German ambassadors, in addition to Kislyak.
• The question then is why would Sessions feel the need to hide such a meeting so completely that he would commit perjury to do so?
In response to Flores' assertions the Washington Post contacted all 26 members of the 2016 Senate Armed Services Committee to see whether any lawmakers besides Sessions met with Kislyak in 2016. Of the 20 lawmakers who responded, every senator said they had not meet with the Russian ambassador last year.
The other lawmakers have not yet respond as of Wednesday evening.
In related news, you may remember, it was last month when reports surfaced that Trump's national security adviser Michael Flynn had discussed U.S. sanctions with the very same Russian Ambassador Kislyak during the month before Trump took office, contrary to public assertions by Mike Pence, the vice president-elect, and other top Trump officials. This of course led to Flynn's forced resignation the following week.