Allow me to state the obvious: President Donald John Trump has a Russia problem. The not so obvious, at least to Trump and his supporters, is that the problem, like a certain third-rate burglary, will not go away. This morning we learn that another member of Trump’s team, this time the nation’s top cop, has been caught in a lie.
Sabrina Siddiqui, reporting in Sessions did not disclose meetings with Russian ambassador during Trump campaign for The Guardian, writes:
Donald Trump’s attorney general Jeff Sessions twice spoke with the Russian ambassador to the United States during the presidential campaign.
The Washington Post, citing justice department officials, first reported that Sessions met with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak once in September 2016, when US intelligence officials were investigating Russian interference in the presidential election, and once in the summer of that year.
It was communications with Kislyak that led to the firing of Trump’s first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, in February.
A spokeswoman for Sessions confirmed that the meetings took place, but provided a statement from the attorney general saying they were not related to the election campaign.
So, the two most obvious questions have to be: precisely what were the meetings about, and will Sessions, like National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, set a new record—the president does love records—for shortest tenure as an Attorney General of the United States (currently held by President Richard Nixon’s third attorney general: Elliot Lee Richardson who served only five months?