After Donald Trump’s masterful tour de force in front of a joint session of Congress just two days ago, his Attorney General, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions, is today dominating the news.
Instead of talking about the skillful way Trump was able to read from a teleprompter during his first address to Congress, we are instead discussing Sessions lying to Congress.
News outlets are reporting that Jeff Sessions, during his confirmation hearing, lied to Congress under oath about communications with the Russians. Instead of Trump basking in the afterglow of his prime-time performance, we have Sessions squirming in the aftermath of possible perjury.
Sessions issued a statement denying he lied to Congress. In a tweet late Wednesday, Sessions said, “I never met with any Russian officials to discuss issues of the campaign. I have no idea what this allegation is about. It is false.”
Sessions does not deny meeting twice with the Russian ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak, during the presidential campaign. But he denies those meetings had anything to do with the Trump campaign.
The White House has rejected the latest bombshell to hit the Trump administration, claiming the reports are just an effort to undermine, and deflect from, Trump’s impressive showing before Congress.
“This is the latest attack against the Trump administration by partisan Democrats,” a senior administration official said, according to CNN.
“Sessions met with the ambassador in an official capacity as a member of the Senate armed services committee, which is entirely consistent with his testimony.”
Trump has not personally weighed in on the Sessions controversy, instead taking to Twitter to brag about how much his election victory has improved the economy.
“Since November 8th, Election Day, the Stock Market has posted $3.2 trillion in GAINS and consumer confidence is at t 15 year high. Jobs!”
Unfortunately for the new president, this story is not going away anytime soon. Not only are both Republicans and Democrats asking Sessions to recuse himself from the DOJ’s probe into Russian hacking of the 2016 election, but some Democrats are asking for the Attorney General to resign.
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