With the Comey testimony behind us, the focus is now shifting to Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Senator Richard Blumenthal said on Thursday in an interview with CNN that if Sessions did have a third, undisclosed meeting with Russia’s ambassador to the United States, it “could be perjury.”
CNN reported that ousted FBI Director James Comey told senators in a closed hearing that Jeff Sessions may have had a third interaction with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, according to people familiar with the briefing.
Blumenthal said on CNN’s “OutFront” to Erin Burnett: “I can’t confirm what may have been provided in a classified setting, but with a third meeting, even without it, what we have is a pattern of contacts with the Russians by (Michael) Flynn, by Sessions, by (Jared) Kushner — secret and then concealed.” He ended the statement with, “It could be perjury.”
Apparently, (according to CNN) Comey told senators in the closed hearing that it’s possible the Attorney General may have had a third interaction with Kislyak. The information about this meeting is based in part on Russian-to-Russian intercepts, and it is unknown whether Kislyak might have exaggerated the encounters. The Justice Departed is standing firm in saying that no such meeting ever took place.
Blumenthal, the Democratic senator from Connecticut, said that Jeff Sessions is “emerging more and more as a key figure” in the Russia investigation. “Not only because of his problematic contact with Russians,” he said, “but also because he failed to safeguard and protect the FBI as part of the Department of Justice when he learned about the meeting in which the President of the United States in effect had inappropriate conversations with Director Comey.”
Do you think Blumenthal is right? Do you think that the Attorney General is going to face charges of perjury? Or will this just be another Democratic gun that has no smoke?