At present various leftist groups and operatives, some including former members of the US intelligence community, are targeting the administration of President Donald Trump in various smear initiatives. The latest target is Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
The backstory to the ongoing operation by anti-Trump forces involves far more than Sessions’ exchange with the Democrat senator Al Franken of Minnesota during confirmation hearings.
Franken, believed by many of us small government types to have acquired his seat via voter fraud, opened his questioning by asking about Russia hacking the presidential election. The premise is misleading because we know votes were not affected by hacking of any type.
There is a video of the exchange between Franken and Sessions at C-SPAN. If you watch the entire video, it’s obvious the questions and allegations relate to activities by members of the Trump campaign, not members of Congress.
Franken brought up a story breaking on CNN about another disputed intel community report that “Russian operatives claimed to have compromising” info on Trump. I suspect Franken knew of the “report” before CNN even aired it, but that’s my tinfoil theory.
The senator did admit the story was just breaking. Franken brought up allegations about a reported “continuing exchange of information during the campaign between Trump surrogates and intermediaries from the Russian government.”
Then came this exchange:
“[Franken] If there is any evidence that anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign communicated with the Russian government in the course of this campaign, what will you do?”
[Sessions] “I’m not aware of any of those activities; I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign and I did not have communications with the Russians, and I’m unable to comment on it.”
Sessions was not employed by the Trump campaign. He did voice support for Trump and he did go on the record with news media about that support, but not as an official campaign operative.
President Obama did the same thing on behalf of Hillary Clinton, Democrats’ selected nominee, and Obama did it far more vigorously than any advocacy Sessions engaged in. How many conversations with foreign factions did Obama have as he campaigned for Mrs. Clinton from the Oval Office?
In his capacity as US senator, Sessions, like many of his colleagues did have meetings with foreign diplomats including one with Russia’s ambassador in his US Senate office and one at an event sponsored by the Heritage Foundation. Fox News is one of the few outlets to describe those meetings:
“The Justice Department said late Wednesday that one of the discussions between Sessions and Sergey Kislyak was an office visit that occurred in Sessions’ capacity as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. The second conversation took place in a group setting with other ambassadors following a Heritage Foundation speech.” [and]
“Sessions had meetings last year with more than 25 foreign ambassadors, the Department said.”
Sessions was not a member of the intelligence committee. That’s where the tinfoil hat gets bigger.
As what could well be a disinformation campaign regarding Russia continues to be promoted by Democrats, another story is breaking and the majority of mass media are deliberately ignoring it.
There was allegedly a significant security breach involving top Democrats, some of whom do serve on the Intel committee. This occurred before the election. The Daily Caller is one of the few outlets to even give this story much attention, but Americans are owed an explanation. Is it conceivable that this breach—or continuing breaches—were the source of hacks on Democrats’ systems outside Congress?
Sessions has said he will recuse himself if he needs to.
Conversely, when Hillary Clinton’s email misdeeds were being investigated, President Barack Obama’s attorney general Loretta Lynch outright refused to recuse herself. Making matters murkier, Lynch had a private conversation at an airport with none other than Bill Clinton during the investigation.
There’s more media are ignoring. Russia had a very friendly, beneficial relationship with the Obama administration and Mrs. Clinton. That relationship is a matter of public record, and during the 2012 campaign, Obama ridiculed the GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney for even considering Russia a foe.
We are definitely living in a tinfoil hat times. It should trouble every American that Democrats are doing everything they possibly can to retain power after receiving a resounding rejection in the 2016 elections. Media’s double standard has become so routine when it comes to providing cover for the left it is near impossible to take them seriously.
Sessions was not employed by the Trump campaign. He was a sitting US senator whose work involved talking to foreign diplomats. His work as senator or as a member of the Armed Services committee was not questioned by Franken.
A number of troubling policy decisions were made by the Obama administration in its final months. Those decisions warrant investigation and no tinfoil hat is necessary to question increasing the enrichment of both Russia and Iran by Obama and his former secretary of state Mrs. Clinton.
Obama handed Iran, a sworn enemy of the US, $400 million in cash.
In 2012 Obama permitted Russia troops to train here in the US with our military.
Media yawned and the “intel community” did not weigh in on any of it. Franken and his colleagues were mute. Congress did not investigate any of it.
(Commentary by Kay B. Day/March 2, 2017)