McCarthyism: Pelosi, Warren demands Sessions resign for speaking to Russian ambassador

pelosi sanctuary russiaIt seems Democrats are seeing Russians behind every blade of grass lately in their efforts to manufacture scandal where there is none.  On Wednesday, Politico reported that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and other hyperpartisan Democrats, are demanding that Attorney General Jeff Sessions resign after news broke that he met and spoke with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. not once, but twice, last year.

According to Politico:

Top congressional Democrats called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign Wednesday after revelations that he had met with the Russian ambassador in the months before the election — meetings that Sessions did not disclose during his confirmation hearings.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) led the effort late on Wednesday night, accusing Sessions of “lying under oath” during confirmation proceedings about his contacts with the Russians.

“The Attorney General must resign,” Pelosi wrote in a statement. “There must be an independent, bipartisan, outside commission to investigate the Trump political, personal and financial connections to the Russians.” Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the ranking member on the House oversight committee, also called on Sessions to resign, as did Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).

Warren tweeted:

Fox News said:

Reports about the meetings appeared to contradict a statement Sessions made during his confirmation hearing to become attorney general. Sessions was asked by Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., how he would respond “if there is any evidence that anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign communicated with the Russian government in the course of this campaign.”

“I’m not aware of any of those activities,” answered Sessions, one of Trump’s earliest and most prominent supporters during the campaign. “I have been called a surrogate a time or two in that campaign and I did not have communications with the Russians, and I’m unable to comment on it.”

Sessions, however, is sticking to his guns.

“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,” he said.

So let’s put all this in perspective.  Sessions — as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, met a couple of times with the Russian ambassador, along with several other ambassadors — in that capacity.  And now, Democrats, who, by the way, had no problem asking the Soviet Union to help them defeat Reagan, want his head on a pike.

Fox added:

A White House statement said the story was “the latest attack against the Trump Administration by partisan Democrats.”

“It’s no surprise Senator Al Franken is pushing this story immediately following President Trump’s successful address to the nation,” the statement added.

The Justice Department said late Wednesday that one of the discussions between Sessions and Sergey Kislyak was an office visit that occurred in Sessions’ capacity as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. The second conversation took place in a group setting with other ambassadors following a Heritage Foundation speech.

“There was absolutely nothing misleading about [Sessions’] answer [to Franken],” Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said in a statement. “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.”

Why yes, he would, and in fact met with over 25 foreign ambassadors.  Maybe we should now ask every Democrat: “Have you ever spoken to a Russian in your life?”


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