Why Papodoupolos’ Plea Deal is Very Bad News for Jeff Sessions
Sessions likes to offer up categorical (non)denials where he denies things not alleged. Each time he goes before the Senate his denials become more narrow. As Senator Al Franken said, at this point he’s challenging his accusers to kick a 75 yard field goal.
If you miss-well that proves there’s nothing there.
But incredibly. after Papodoupolos’ plea deal has come to light-which shows there WAS collusion-even this 75 yarder is a chip shot.
“THE BIGGEST NEWS of Mueller Monday — the rollout of a money-laundering indictment against Donald Trump’s former campaign adviser, Paul Manafort and campaign aide Rick Gates, and the unsealing of a false-statements plea deal by another campaign volunteer, George Papadopoulos — may involve someone not named explicitly in either indictment: Attorney General Jeff Sessions.”
“That’s because Sessions has repeatedly testified to the Senate that he knows nothing about any collusion with the Russians. (Though in his most recent appearance, he categorized that narrowly by saying he did not “conspire with Russia or an agent of the Russian government to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.”)
“But the Papadopoulos plea shows that Sessions — then acting as Trump’s top foreign policy adviser — was in a March 31, 2016, meeting with Trump, at which Papadopoulos explained “he had connections that could help arrange a meeting between then-candidate Trump and President Putin.” It also shows that Papadopoulos kept a number of campaign officials in the loop on his efforts to set up a meeting between Trump and Putin, though they secretly determined that the meeting “should be someone low level in the campaign so as not to send any signal,” itself a sign the campaign was trying to hide its efforts to make nice with the Russians.”
As for Papadopoulos, Sam Clovis was his direct supervisor but Clovis’ own direct supervisor was: Jeff Sessions.
The Palmer Report:
“George Papadopoulos confession may have just sent Jeff Sessions to prison.”
“This would mean Jeff Sessions isn’t merely a guy who had a series of suspicious meetings with the Russian Ambassador during the campaign and then lied about it. Instead, it would mean Sessions signed off on his campaign underling’s collusion with the Russian government. That would nail the Attorney General of the United States for one or more felonies. Lock him up.”
To say Sessions could be in line for prison is no hyperbole. Note that Papadopoulos got inicted for simply mischaracterizing his meeting with the Russian professor in question. He claimed the professor was ‘a nothing’ when he actually has major ties to the Kremlin. True, he also lied about when he met the said Russian professor.
Well in his Senate testimony and public statements Jeff Sessions has done a whole lot of mischaracterizing and lying.
Back to The Intercept:
“It’s part of a pattern that began early for Sessions. He initially denied categorically meeting with Russians during the campaign, but was forced to walk that back when it emerged he had met at least twice with then-Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. He then claimed that the meetings had focused purely on foreign affairs and his senatorial duties, a claim rebutted by Kislyak himself, who told his superiors that he spoke with Sessions about the 2016 campaign.”
“To be sure, Papadopoulos’s plea perhaps hurts Trump the most. After all, Trump was in the March 31 meeting too, along with Sessions. Trump personally intervened in the White House spin about the June 9, 2016, meeting, pushing the line — and the lie — that it pertained to adoptions rather than obtaining dirt on Clinton.”
“But unlike Trump, Sessions’s claims about such meetings came in sworn testimony to the Senate. During his confirmation process, Sessions was asked a key question by Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn.: “If there is any evidence that anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign communicated with the Russian government in the course of this campaign, what will you do?”
“Senator Franken, I’m not aware of any of those activities,” Sessions responded. “I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign and I didn’t have — did not have communications with the Russians, and I’m unable to comment on it.”
“The question, however, was about Sessions’s knowledge of such communications, and we now know he was in a meeting in which they were discussed.”
“More recently, on October 18, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., asked Sessions a series of questions about his knowledge of interactions with Russians, including whether he had discussed emails with Russian officials since the campaign. To that question, Sessions said he “did not recall.”
Franken then asked, in an attempt to clarify the confirmation questions, “You don’t believe that surrogates from the Trump campaign had communications with the Russians?”
“I did not — and I’m not aware of anyone else that did. I don’t believe that it happened,” said the attorney general whose own department had, two weeks earlier, already gotten a guilty plea from a campaign surrogate describing such discussions with Russians.”
There are a lot of reasons Sessions is in trouble but first of all because he lies so much. Like Trump he seems to think he’s above the law. When it is his time to testify-and you suspect at some point it will-he’s in for a heck of a lot of trouble.
Couldn’t happen to a nicer unreconstructed segregationist.
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