Major Papers Target AG Sessions Over Russia
Scott Horton, Antiwar.com, Mar 2 2017
On Wednesday night, the big three papers, the NYT, WaPo, and WSJ all ran articles attacking the Trump administration over their supposed “ties” to Russia. Yet, in the tradition of anti-Russia hype in the Pindo media, on close inspection, the stories end up amounting to nothing but further evidence of Pindostan’s “permanent government,” its Cold War agenda, and their attempt to overturn, or at least “hem in,” the policy decisions made by the new administration on the issue of Pindo relations with Russia. The NYT story says that the Obama government went to great lengths to leave
so-called yet invisible “evidence” of the Russian government’s supposed interference in the election at different places all around the different departments so that Trump’s people would be unable to destroy it. Of course, the Russian role in the hacking of the DNC + Podesta remains completely unproven. It’s great Trumpian “arguing past the sale” and complete with admitted unsubstantiated rumormongering about the Trump team’s connivance with the Russians in doing so, to boot:
[The effort] also reflected the suspicion among many in the Obama White House that the Trump campaign might have colluded with Russia on election email hacks – a suspicion that Pindo officials say has not been confirmed.
The WaPo‘s story centers on Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s supposed perjury before Senator Al Franken at his confirmation hearings when he claimed not to have spoken to any Russians as part of the Trump campaign. But the story throws cold water all over itself in paragraph number twelve, when “Justice officials” admit:
Sessions met with Kislyak on Sep 8 in his capacity as a member of the armed services panel rather than in his role as a Trump campaign surrogate.
Oh. Well, then. Sessions spox Sarah Isgur Flores (helpfully Jewish), elaborated:
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 WSJ‘s contribution to the hit was their report that the FBI and other agencies were monitoring Sessions at the time.
The outcome of the inquiry, and whether it is ongoing, wasn’t clear.
Nancy Pelosi is demanding Sessions resign or be removed from office.
Agence France Presse drank the koolaid:
Trump condemns Demagogs for ‘witch hunt’ over attorney general
Paul Handley, AFP, Mar 3 2017
FASCHINGSTEIN – Pres Trump lashed out at Demagogs over their demands for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign, calling their actions a “total witch hunt.” Sessions on Thursday announced he would recuse himself from any probe into the presidential election campaign as the White House moved to forestall a snowballing controversy over its ties to Russia. Following newly revealed meetings he held with Russia’s ambassador before the election, Sessions denied any impropriety or that he lied about those encounters in his Senate confirmation hearing. Trump declared his “total” confidence in Sessions — while adding that he “wasn’t aware” of contacts between Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and Sessions, who was a senator actively supporting Trump’s campaign at the time. He defended Sessions again in a statement late on Wednesday, calling Sessions an “honest man” and accusing Democrats of having “lost their grip on reality” and carrying out “a total witch hunt!” He said~:
[Sessions] did not say anything wrong. He could have stated his response more accurately, but it was clearly not intentional.
Unswayed by Sessions’s account of events, top Demagogs are maintaining their calls for him to step down immediately, accusing him of perjury. They also called for an independent prosecutor to investigate contacts between the Trump campaign and Moscow, which Pindo intelligence says interfered in the election to hurt Clinton. Adam Schiff of the House Intelligence Committee rejected Sessions’s claim that his contacts with Kislyak were unrelated to his work with the Trump campaign as “simply not credible.” He said in a statement:
In the midst of a Russian campaign aimed at undermining our election and as a highly visible proxy for candidate Trump, Sessions would have had to be extraordinarily naive or gullible to believe that the ambassador was seeking him out in his office for a discussion on military matters, and Sessions is neither. I have come to the reluctant conclusion that the Attorney General should step down.
He was echoing calls made earlier by the top Demagog critturs in both chambers of Congress. Trump has come under increasing pressure over contact with Russia. Four congressional committees have opened probes into the issue, although Demagogs fear that Thugs will seek to bury their investigations to protect Trump’s young administration. Two weeks ago, Trump’s newly appointed national security advisor Michael Flynn was forced to resign. On Thursday, the NYT reported that Flynn had also met the diplomat in Trump Tower in December, with Jared Kushner also in attendance. On Thursday a Clinton spox said there were no meetings or calls between her team and any Russian official during the campaign. Sessions’s own meetings with the envoy took place much earlier, in July and September, according to the WaPo. However, Sessions had told his confirmation hearing in January that he “did not have communications with the Russians” and did not know of any by other campaign staff. Sessions on Thursday clarified that his denial referred to contacts made on behalf of the campaign. He said he met Kislyak in his capacity as a senator, and discussed mainly global politics with him. Nevertheless, after reviewing ethics rules for his office, he said:
I have decided to recuse myself from any existing or future investigations of any matters related in any way to the campaigns for POTUS.
Speaking to Fox News Wednesday evening, he reiterated that he did not discuss the campaign with Kislyak, saying:
When I campaigned for Trump, I was not involved with anything like that, you can be sure.
Despite the swirling controversy, few hard facts are publicly available on what investigators know and suspect about the contacts and about Russia’s alleged operation to disrupt the election last year. The NYT reported two weeks ago, citing Pindo intelligence sources, that three Trump campaign staff had communicated with Russian intelligence officers over the past year. The White House labeled that report “false” and has accused Demagogs, the media and the intelligence community of a political effort to undermine the Trump administration. Trump’s White House has lobbied the FBI, reportedly the CIA and heads of committees leading investigations, to knock down media reports on the alleged links. That added to Demagogs’ worries that investigations could be tainted, and critturs were pressing for an independent counsel to be named to study the web of allegations about Trump and Russia ‘free from political interference’ (my sneer quotes – RB).