George Papadopoulos said on ABC’s This Week that Attorney General Jeff Sessions was an excited supporter of a potential Trump/Putin campaign meeting, which means that Jeff Sessions might have been caught telling a big lie to the Senate.
Transcript via ABC’s This Week:
STEPHANOPOULOS: What was the reaction?
PAPADOPOULOS: The reaction, of course, was mixed. There were many people in that room that came from conservative think tanks, including the Heritage Foundation, who you know, nodded in disapproval. Candidate Trump at the time nodded at me. I don’t think he was committed either way. He was open to the idea. And he deferred, of course, to then senior Senator Jeff Sessions, who I remember being quite enthusiastic about hosting —
STEPHANOPOULOS: You say he was quite enthusiastic. The attorney general has testified under oath something quite the contrary. I want to show that.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
JEFF SESSIONS, ATTORNEY GENERAL, UNITED STATES: And I believe that I wanted to make clear to him that he was not authorized to represent the campaign with the Russian government or any other foreign government for that matter.
MALE: There are reports that you, shut George down, unquote, when he proposed that meeting with Putin. Is this correct, yes or no?
SESSIONS: Yes. I pushed back. I’ll just say it that way because it was —
(END VIDEO CLIP)
STEPHANOPOULOS: Attorney general says he pushed back. Is he telling the truth?
PAPADOPOULOS: I — all I can say is this — this was a meeting from about two years ago. My recollection differs from Jeff Sessions.
STEPHANOPOULOS: He did not push back?
PAPADOPOULOS: All I can say is my recollection differs from his at this point.
It Is Insane That Trump Thinks Sessions Shouldn’t Have Recused Himself
If Papadopoulos is telling the truth, and he has no motivation to lie, since he has already been convicted, Sessions is in the Russia scandal a lot deeper than anyone might have imagined. The Attorney General had no choice, but to recuse himself, and he should be a target of all of the Russia investigations.
Sessions knows a great deal more than he has ever let on, and it reveals the level of corruption of this president that he demanded that Sessions oversee the Russia investigation to protect Trump.
It is easy to lose sight of the other components of the investigation because the country is watching Trump’s presidency collapse in real time, but Jeff Sessions could go from attorney general to orange jumpsuit depending what comes out about his involvement in Trump’s crimes against the United States.
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Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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