Louis Mensch Was Right Jeff Sessions Edition
As noted in the last post, what was most notable sometimes was what Comey didn’t say.
On Jeff Sessions both what Comey did and didn’t say spoke volumes. Jennifer Rubin:
“Then there was a hint of more troubles for Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Comey revealed that at one point he had reported the inappropriate contacts to Sessions and to the then-deputy attorney general. However, what he wouldn’t talk about was more intriguing:
SEN. RON WYDEN (D-Ore.): Let me turn to the attorney general. In your statement, you said that you and the FBI leadership team decided not to discuss the president’s actions with Attorney General Sessions, even though he had not recused himself. What was it about the attorney general’s interactions with the Russians or his behavior with regard to the investigation that would have led the entire leadership of the FBI to make this decision?
COMEY: Our judgment, as I recall, is that he was very close to and inevitably going to recuse himself for a variety of reasons. We also were aware of facts that I can’t discuss in an opening setting that would make his continued engagement in a Russia-related investigation problematic. So we were convinced — in fact, I think we’d already heard the career people were recommending that he recuse himself, that he was not going to be in contact with Russia-related matters much longer. That turned out to be the case. (Emphasis added.)
“Is there some other contact between Sessions and the Russians we are not aware of? What are these other facts? In the mound of bad facts for Sessions (misleading the Judicial Committee, reversing his recusal, assisting in the termination of the FBI director, coming up with a phony rationale), we can add some unknown tidbit. What that is and whether it becomes decisive in either the counterintelligence investigation or an obstruction investigation remains to be seen.”
This makes you think of the recent report where Sessions offered his resignation. Trump is still mad he recused himself but Comey’s testimony seems to suggest there’s a lot more behind it than the public knows.
Democrats pounced on Thursday after hearing Comey’s suggestive language about “facts that I can’t discuss in an open setting.”
Sessions will soon face questions from senators. He is scheduled to testify on Tuesday in a committee hearing about the 2018 budget for the Department of Justice — but it’s a pretty sure bet that Russia will come up.
We’ll see if he shows up at that one, at all.
And, yes, this is another opportunity for Louise Mensch to be right.
Long before we knew any of this-even before we first discovered the lies he told at his confirmation hearing-she called Jeff Sessions a suspect.
Indeed, this was just after he was confirmed:
“Jeff Sessions has just been confirmed. It is now incumbent on patriotic Republicans and Democrats, and, failing that, patriotic lawyers willing to bring cases, to demand that Sessions recuse himself from any and all investigations concerning Russian hacking of the election, the Department of Justice investigation into corruption and election interference by the FBI field office in New York and the NYPD, and any investigations involving Steve Bannon or Trump or Breitbart campaign staff, past or present.”
As she pointed out, he recruited Carter Page. Indeed. Sessions’ campaign deputy, Jeff Gordon, would admit to being the one to change the RNC platform to be more Russia friendly.
“Senator Sessions must explain why he chose Carter Page, who went to Russia in July and reportedly met with Sechin on sanctions and the head of Russian intelligence, Igor Diveykin, charged with hacking America’s election.”
“Politico reported that Carter Page also met Sergei Ivanov, “until recently Putin’s Chief of Staff”.”
Yet for the record, I have not met this year with any sanctioned official in Russia despite the fact that there are no restrictions on U.S. persons speaking with such individuals
“This language is so carefully parsed, that Carter Page could have met
- Sanctioned Russians working for the Russian government, who are not officials, in Russia, in 2016 – that would include Sergei Ivanov
- Sanctioned Russian officials, in 2016, outside of Russia
- Any Russian person on the sanctions list, including officials, in Russia up to the end of December 2015, for example at the RT.com dinner at which Mike Flynn was present
- Any Russians whatever including Putin himself outside of Russia in 2016.
Indeed. The Steele Dossier has Sessions meeting with sanctioned Russian individual Igor Sechin in Russia in July and being offered a 19% stake in Rosnet in exchange for Trump removing the sanctions.
Mensch then sites Sessions’ ties to Alpha Bank. When she had reported on November 8, 2016 that Alpha Bank was named in a FISA warrant it was dismissed by the MSM. But later Alpha Bank’s role became known.
“The FBI is reportedly examining why a Russian bank with ties to Putin wanted to reach the Trump Organization during the campaign.”
Back to Louise Mensch:
“Jeff Sessions is deeply connected to Alfa Bank, one of the banks named in the FISA Court’s October warrant. His chief of staff Richard Burt is a lobbyist for Alfa Bank. According to the Steele dossier, Trump was required to switch positions on Ukraine in exchange for intelligence. This happened in April, according to the dossier.”
Seth Abramson has said that we should only refer to the Steele dossier for intel on Russia. But she was one of the very first to say you should take the dossier seriously and she based much of her analysis of Sessions on the dossier.
“April is when Paul Manafort joined the campaign as its manager.”
Manafort who-along with Roger Stone-worked for pro Russian Ukrainian politicians all those years.
“April 17 is when Richard Burt, Alfa Bank lobbyist and Jeff Sessions chief of staff, wrote a Trump speech that did just what the Steele dossier requested Trump do.”
“Nor did it stop there. Alfa Bank’s Mr. Burt, whom, like Carter Page, the Trump camp tried to wash its hands of, denying contact, continued to advise Jeff Sessions during the summer and wrote policy papers for him.”
“while the Trump campaign denies Burt’s involvement, the lobbyist … was invited to attend dinners hosted by Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, Trump’s national security committee chairman, to discuss national security and foreign policy. Burt and another source told Politico that he also wrote white papers for Sessions on those subjects.” Burt said “he delivered his advice through an intermediary, whom he would not name”.
“But Mr. Burt was in the direct pay of Alfa Bank. Sessions must name that intermediary.Sessions is directly responsible then for three of the most crucial things in any criminal, intelligence or Congressional investigation Russian hacking of the election: the recruitment of Carter Page, Trump’s shift in foreign policy towards Ukraine and Russia, directly matching the time and the substance as reported in the Steele dossier to be ‘payment’ for Russian hacking, and for deep connections to Alfa Bank, on which the FBI FISA warrant was finally granted. He would be both a suspect, and a key witness.”
Despite Sessions denials no one is believing all these conversations and ties were over his church group going to Russia in 1990.
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