CNN is reporting that Attorney General Jeff Sessions did not disclose meetings he had last year with Russian officials when he applied for his security clearance.
Sessions, who met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak at least two times last year, didn’t note those interactions on the form, which requires him to list “any contact” he or his family had with a “foreign government” or its “representatives” over the past seven years, officials said.
The new information from the Justice Department is the latest example of Sessions failing to disclose contacts he had with Russian officials. He has come under withering criticism from Democrats following revelations that he did not disclose the same contacts with Kislyak during his Senate confirmation hearings earlier this year.
Sessions initially listed a year’s worth of meetings with foreign officials on the security clearance form, according to Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores. But she says he and his staff were then told by an FBI employee who assisted in filling out the form, known as the SF-86, that he didn’t need to list dozens of meetings with foreign ambassadors that happened in his capacity as a senator.
Maybe the subject of her laughter is the reason why this prosecution is even being perused to this extent.
She was present at the Senate confirmation hearings of Trump’s Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and could not hold in her laughter in when Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL), referred to Sessions as having a history of “treating all Americans equally under the law is clear and well-documented.”
The facts beg to differ from Shelby’s claim.
Desiree Fairooz laughed, probably because she knew about the well-documented instances of Jeff Sessions opposing equal rights for Americans based on race, sexual orientation and gender. She laughed and she reacted at the absurdity of the claim.
The justice department accused her of ‘disorderly and disruptive conduct’ intended to ‘impede, disrupt, and disturb the orderly conduct’ of congressional proceedings,” and is now taking its case against Fairooz to court. If found guilty, Fairooz could be fined up to $500 and spend six months in jail.
Although video of the hearing showed no real disruption of the proceedings and showed no harm to Jeff Session, the Trump’s Justice Department is intent on seeing that Fairooz pay for committing such the heinous crime of laughing at a Trump appointee.
To hell with Fairooz’s First Amendment rights.
Maybe it’s Alzheimer, or maybe it’s just selective memory. Whatever it is, Trump’s Attorney General is not being totally honest with the American people.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions was forced to amend prior testimony to Congress this week, acknowledging that contrary to an earlier statement, he’d encountered the Russian ambassador to the United States twice in the last year.
Sessions appears to have left out a third instance in which they crossed paths.
In April of 2016, Sessions attended a VIP reception at a hotel in Washington, D.C., with President Donald Trump and roughly two dozen guests, including four ambassadors. One of them was Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. The cocktail meet-and-greet took place in a private room at the Mayflower Hotel near the White House. Shortly thereafter, Trump delivered a foreign policy speech in the hotel’s ballroom, where he called for improved U.S.-Russia relations. Kislyak was seated in the front row.
Trump’s attorney general, Jeff Sessions lied when he said he had no contacts with Russia officials during the 2016 presidential election.
“Give me a break!” Elijah Cummings said with the news that Jeff Sessions met with members of the ethics committee for directions on what his next move should be. Just 24hrs prior, news broke that Sessions did in fact meet with Russian officials during Trump’s campaign and hours after that news broke, Sessions recused himself from future investigations into the Trump/Russia involvement.
“Suddenly, now he says because he’s talked to the ethics people that he is going to recuse himself. They say they told him to do it because he was involved in the campaign. Give me a break! He is the number one law enforcement officer in the country. He has been a U.S Attorney for the state of Alabama, and as an attorney, he knows, and I know that there are certain things that you don’t to the ethics people about.”
No matter how they try to distort the truth, one thing’s for sure – recorded facts will always remain the same (unless your name is Jon Kyl of Arizona, who unsuccessfully tried to change the record after lying about Planned Parenthood on the floor of the Senate). No, this post is not about Jon Kyl, but rather his Republican congressional lying buddy – Senator Jeff Sessions.
Yesterday on CBS’s Face The Nation, Sessions apparently forgot the power of records and stated that the Bush Tax cuts led to increased revenue for each year the taxes were cut. The way that lie unknowingly fell from Mr. Sessions’ mouth, was in response to a correct statement made by a Democrat on the panel, Mr. Bill Nelson. Nelson stated the facts, saying;
“Jeffrey, you have to acknowledge that part of our deficit problem was the huge Bush tax cuts in the early part of the decade. What was handed off to the new administration of over a trillion dollars of annual deficit, that accounted for almost half of it. If you’re going to be real about the numbers, you’re going to have to address these kinds of things.”
Jeffery must have thought he was on a Fox News program, where facts and records don’t matter. He responded to Mr. Nelson’s statement by saying;
“That’s not accurate, Bill. The revenue went up every single year after those tax cuts were put in. The revenue is down now because of the low economy … It’s not because taxes have been cut in recent years. It’s because people are not making money. They’re not paying as much taxes. So increasing taxes on that weakened economy is not the way to increase revenue. “
Oh Jeffery, when will you Republicans learn about the Google machine?
A quick search revealed the facts – according to the Bureau of Economic Data, and the White House Office of Management Data, it seems that what Mr. Sessions said, (brace yourself) was a lie. Here are the facts:
- In 2000, Before Bush took office, Tax Revenue came in at $2.0 Trillion
- In 2001, Tax revenue totaled – $1.9 Trillion
- In 2002, the first year of the Bush Tax Cuts went into effect, Tax revenue fell to $1.8 Trillion
- In 2003, tax revenue fell to $1.7 Trillion – This, after two more tax cuts went into effect over the next two years, revenue saw a 10% decline.
CBS reports the following;
Analysis by Citizens for Tax Justice claims that the Bush era tax cuts resulted in $1,918.9 trillion in lower revenue from FY2001 through FY2009, and that the total cost if implementing the cuts (including interest payments on debt) was $2,141 trillion.
But don’t let the facts get in the way of your lies Mr. Sessions, just keep doing what you do. We’ll keep fact-checking and using the Google machine to prove you wrong.