Attorney General Jefferson “Jeff” Beauregard Sessions III swore up and down Congress that he did “not recall” having meetings with agents of the Russian government during Trump’s campaign, but his story just broke down completely.
Convicted Trump foreign policy advisor, George Papadopoulos, who pled guilty to lying to the F.B.I. about his dealings with Kremlin agents during the 2016 election, reported directly to Sessions — along with willing Russian spy asset, Carter Page, and other suspicious characters on the campaign’s foreign policy team.
During a press conference today, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders pretended that the Trump campaign barely had any dealings with “volunteer” Papadopoulos. The evidence that Papadopoulos reported to Sessions instantaneously put the lie to her assertions.
Sessions testified before the Senate in June, but as far back as March, The Washington Post had revealed that Sessions was Papadopoulos’ direct supervisor, as well as that of the rest of Trump’s bumbling foreign policy team:
For the first time, Trump also listed members of a team chaired by Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) that is counseling him on foreign affairs and helping to shape his policies: Keith Kellogg, Carter Page, George Papadopoulos, Walid Phares and Joseph E. Schmitz.
To make matters worse for Trump and his henchmen, the president is on-record as praising Papadopoulos: “George Papadopoulos. He’s an oil and energy consultant. Excellent guy.”
Back in July, The Washington Post revealed that U.S. intelligence had picked up chatter from Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak in which he said he had discussed campaign matters with Sessions.
Meanwhile, Trump is meeting Sessions today for lunch, along with Mike Pence, who was hand-picked by Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort, who was just indicted on 12 charges, including “Conspiracy Against the U.S.,” along with his deputy, Rick Gates. Manafort and Gates just pled “Not Guilty,” but are both being held in home detention, Manafort on a $10 million bond and Gates on $5 million.
With Sessions’ subordinate now cooperating fully with Special Prosecutor Mueller’s Russia investigation, the Attorney General’s lunch with the President and Vice-President must be a tough meal for the three of them to swallow.