Rss@dailykos.com (mark Sumner) · Thursday, March 02, 2017, 12:26 pm
Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III didn’t just disclaim any meeting with Russia once while delivering testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee, he did it twice. First there was the direct question by Senator Al Franken (D-MN):
Franken: "If there was any evidence that anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign communicated with the Russian government in the course of this campaign, what would you do?”
Sessions: "I'm not aware of any of those activities. I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign and I did not have communications with the Russians. Uh. And I’m unable to comment."
Note that Franken doesn’t ask if Sessions himself had been in contact. Sessions volunteers this information. Almost as if he’s … nervous. Also note that Sessions never really answers the question which Franken asks.
Then there was also a written question from Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT).
Leahy: Several of the President-elect's nominees or senior advisers have Russian ties. Have you been in contact with anyone connected to any part of the Russian government about the 2016 election, either before or after election day?"
That’s an extremely unequivocal answer, especially considering that Jefferson Sessions was not just a Trump surrogate he was “chairman of the campaign's National Security Advisory Committee” at the time he met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.