Washington (PalmettoTimes) – Reports from intelligence agencies point to the fact that Sessions discussed matters of the Trump campaign with Sergey Kislyak, Russia’s ambassador to Washington. The intelligence agencies were able to get this information from intercepting communications made by Kislyak to his superiors in Moscow.
The embattled Attorney General has repeatedly denied any discussions with Kislyak over the elections. He maintains meetings he had with Kislyaks were meetings in his capacity as a senator.
A U.S Official has said that Session’s assertions are contrary to the evidence gathered by the intelligence sources. He said that Sessions discussed campaign issues and Russia-related policy issues with Sergey Kislyak.
Sessions recused himself from the Russia probe because of the allegations of his meetings with Kislyak. President was not happy with that fact and indicated in an interview that he regretted making him the top law enforcement officer in the country.
President Trump has also faulted Sessions for his “bad answers” during his hearing about Russian contacts during the campaign. All this has increased the pressure on Sessions, whose positon in the tenure seems increasingly tenuous. Regardless of this, he does not want to resign, and President Trump has not fired him.
There is the possibility of Kislyak mischaracterizing and exaggerating his meeting with Sessions in order to curry favor from his superiors. This is something that officials of Russia and some other countries do to remain in the good books. But this is quite unlikely considering the fact that Kislyak is particularly truthful in his report to his superiors in Moscow.
Sessions is said to have met with Kislyak twice during Donald Trump’s campaign. The first meeting was in the Mayflower Hotel, just before Candidate Donald Trump was giving his first foreign policy speech. The second meeting was on the sidelines of the Republican National Convention in June.
By that time, US intelligence allege that President Putin had already decided to support Trump in his bid for the US Presidency. He experienced his support by coordinating a series of hacks and giving WikiLeaks personal information from Hilary Clinton’s emails and the DNC.
Sergey Kislyak was also responsible for the resignation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Michael Flynn was forced to resign after the Washington Post revealed that he discussed US sanctions on Russia with Kislyak. This was despite the fact that he told everyone else that he didn’t.
In this instance, there was evidence of telephone conversation with Kislyak, which was solid evidence. But in the case of Jeff Sessions, what we have is Kishlak’s uncorroborated report of what happened. This is not enough to make something happen in President Trump’s administration.
Former FBI director, James Comey, is thought to have alluded to a meeting between Sessions and Kislyak at the Mayflower hotel. This happened when he told a Senate community on June 8 that he had information that would have made it problematic for Sessions to continue having a hand in the Russian probe.
The Director said he couldn’t disclose the details of the information in a public hearing, he could only say it in a private session with the Senators. Former and current officials say that the FBI director was referring to the meeting between Sessions and Kislyak at the Mayflower hotel.
Senate Democrats have called on the FBI too carry out further investigations into why the possible meeting between Sessions and Kislyak at the Mayflower hotel.
The role that Jeff Sessions played in the removal of James Comey as FBI director possibly angered many people at the Bureau. This set in motion events that led to the former FBI director Robert Mueller as the special counsel for the Russia probe.
The harsh words that President Trump had for Mr. Sessions helped to fuel speculations that he would either resign or be fired this week. However, nothing of such has happened and Sessions says he intends to stay for “as long as that is appropriate”.