Trump hits back at Democrats over Sessions controversy
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 06, 2017,
Mar 06, 2017, 6:39
I believe those recommendations are right and just.
We'll talk about Sessions, the dispute between the Governor of New Hampshire and the Mayor of Lawrence over fentanyl, and the resignation of clergy abuse survivor Marie Collins, in the Week in Review. He referred instead to "certain investigations". He stressed that "this announcement should not be interpreted as confirmation of the existence of any investigation or suggestive of the scope of any such investigation". Orrin Hatch, a fierce defender of Sessions during the confirmation hearing, responded to Democratic criticism, saying: "My concern is why are our Democratic senators so doggone rude to a former senator who they know is honest". On Thursday, however, Sessions' spokeswoman confirmed that Sessions met with Kislyak twice before the election.
Earlier Thursday afternoon, President Trump said he has "total" confidence in Sessions, though he said he was not aware of the AG's meetings. Sessions said the Russian ambassador defended Moscow's actions there, and that it "got to be a little bit of a testy conversation at that point".
He also said that Kislyak invited him to lunch, but that he did not accept that offer. "I did not accept that".
"We must be entirely clear on one thing: perjury is a felony and may be punishable by prison for up to five years", Progressive Caucus co-chair Representative Keith Ellison said.
He said that he did not "recall" having met Kislyak at any other time, but that it was "possible".
Sessions spokesperson, Sarah Isgur Flores, said late Wednesday that Sessions held that meeting in his capacity as a member of the Senate Armed Services panel, not as a Trump adviser.
Grassley said there were no plans to ask Sessions to come before the committee before his customary appearance at the panel's next annual oversight hearing.
The fallout over his testimony, and whether the presidential election was discussed during his conversations with Kislyak, has raised questions about how often senators meet with ambassadors - and under what circumstances it's appropriate.
At the time, an investigation was ongoing to determine whether White House officials leaked the identity of Valerie Plame, a Central Intelligence Agency operative.