Attorney General Jeff Sessions swung for the fences during his opening statement in open Senate hearings on Tuesday, insisting that he never had a private meeting with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak at the Mayflower Hotel during the 2016 presidential campaign. The trouble: everyone from CNN to NBC News to Senator Al Franken has evidence that the meeting did in fact happen (link). That means it took Sessions all of three minutes today to commit perjury.
This is of course far from the first time in which Jeff Sessions has perjured himself during the course of the Russia scandal. He lied about his Russia meetings during his Attorney General confirmation hearings. He lied again when he amended his testimony to include the Russia meetings he’d been caught having participated in, but not the Russia meetings which were subsequently exposed. Sessions also lied about his Russia meetings on his SF-86 security clearance form; these are all felonies.
Thus far the Republican-controlled Senate has shown no interest in charging Jeff Sessions for his multiple instances of felony perjury. However, Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who has been tasked with investigating the Russia scandal, is no doubt keeping score of Sessions’ crimes for when the time comes.
Meanwhile, Jeff Sessions is still testifying and is about to begin facing questions from the Senate Intelligence Committee. We’re still keeping score on how many more instances of perjury Sessions might commit before the day is over. If you’re a regular reader, feel free to support Palmer Report. Follow Palmer Report on Facebook and Twitter.
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