What You Need to Know Before Sessions Testifies at the Senate Intelligence Committee Today
Senator Sessions will be testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee at 2:30 p.m. today. The event has not received as much fanfare as COMEY DAY did, but it will be watched by many who are hoping for a smoking gun or gotcha moment that will land President Trump and all his people in jail immediately.
We know one of the issues on which the committee will be focused will be Sessions' two meetings with THE RUSSIANS and the mysterious, new third meeting in April of 2016. It's important to get the facts straight before the
inquisition committee meets so you are able to discern what is spin and lies and what is truth.
The first "meeting" with Senator Sessions and THE RUSSIANS took place at a Heritage Foundation event held at the RNC in July of 2016. The second meeting was in Sessions' office in September 2016, and we have very little to go on regarding the third meeting.
The RNC meeting between Sessions and Russian Ambassador Kislyak ("the first meeting") is described by the Washington Post:
Sessions attended a Heritage Foundation event in July on the sidelines of the Republican National Convention that was attended by about 50 ambassadors. When the event was over, a small group of ambassadors approached Sessions as he was leaving the podium, and Kislyak was among them, the Justice Department official said.
Sessions then spoke individually to some of the ambassadors, including Kislyak, the official said. In the informal exchanges, the ambassadors expressed appreciation for his remarks and some of them invited him to events they were sponsoring, said the official, citing a former Sessions staffer who was at the event.
So Sessions was at an event with 50 ambassadors, and he spoke to Kislyak (among others) in broad daylight and in full view of attendees of the event. Is this encounter one we want to ascribe a nefarious meaning to? A meeting in broad daylight doesn't seem like an ideal place for international subterfuge.
Let's talk about what the meeting with THE RUSSIANS in Senator Sessions' office ("the second meeting") actually means. Senator Jeff Sessions met with Ambassador Kislyak in September in his Senate office. That's because he was a senator who sat on the Armed Services Committee, as well as the Budget, Environment and Public Works, and Judiciary Committees.
Sessions also met with the ambassador for the Ukraine prior to meeting with Kislyak; in fact, he met with 30 different ambassadors over an eight-month period. Senators regularly meet with ambassadors. Here is a picture of a meeting with Democrats Reed, McCaskill, and Landrieu and Russian Ambassador Kislyak. The media and the Democrats would have you believe Sessions' meeting with an ambassador is out of the ordinary and exotic. It's not; it's part of his job.