Stayed tuned for “The return of Franken…” That’s Al Franken, the former senator hit with public disgrace.
After a short hiatus following his resignation from office, Franken is back and attacked Attorney General Jeff Sessions Saturday on Facebook:
“‘Lack of candor.’
That’s one of the reasons that Attorney General Jeff Sessions used to justify his decision to fire former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe last week, just two days before Mr. McCabe was set to retire from a distinguished 21-year career with the Bureau. Ironic, because, as you may recall, Jeff Sessions has repeatedly demonstrated a lack of candor – under oath – about his own interactions with Russians.
During his confirmation hearing, I alerted then-Senator Sessions to a breaking report from CNN that there had been an ongoing exchange of information between the Trump campaign and the Russians. When I asked him what he would do as Attorney General if those reports were true, Mr. Sessions decided to answer a different question:
SESSIONS: “Senator Franken, I am not aware of any of those activities. I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign and I didn’t have – did not have communications with the Russians, and I’m unable to comment on it.”
That turned out to be false. Then-Senator Sessions had, in fact, met with Russian ambassador Kislyak at least three times during the 2016 campaign.”
The part of this story that Franken doesn’t tell you, speaking of candor, is that two of these meetings happened in groups with a whole lot of people around. Sessions met with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak at an event on the sidelines of the GOP convention.
In fact, Business Insider reported:
“A spokesperson for the Heritage Foundation told Business Insider in an email that Sessions provided a keynote address at a defense and national-security luncheon attended by roughly 100 individuals. The spokesperson said, “I believe he was speaking as a senator on Armed Services” during his address, not as a Trump campaign surrogate.
As The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday, a spokesperson for Sessions said the appearance was in his capacity as a senator and not as a campaign official. The spokesperson added that Sessions was approached following the speech by several ambassadors, including Kislyak, with whom he held a “short and informal” conversation.”
Another meeting that Franken, in his candor, is referring to is a foreign policy speech given by Trump at the Mayflower Hotel. Both Sessions and Ambassador Kislyak were in attendance along with dozens of other people. Sessions said that he may have spoken to Kislyak but didn’t remember it.
The one meeting Sessions had alone with Kislyak was at his office when he was a Senator, not a part of the Trump team.
Franken wanted to insinuate that McCabe’s firing was an act of retaliation:
“That the attorney general would fire the man who was tasked with investigating him raises serious questions about whether retaliation or retribution motivated his decision. It also raises serious questions about his supposed recusal from all matters stemming from the 2016 campaign. But the fact that Attorney General Sessions would claim that a “lack of candor” justified Mr. McCabe’s termination is hypocrisy at its worst.”
But what he leaves out is that the decision wasn’t made out of the blue by Jeff Sessions. The Inspector General found convincing evidence that McCabe lied about some media leaks, while under oath. The Office of Professional Responsibility looked at those allegations and recommended McCabe be fired. Jeff Sessions went along with those recommendations.
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