Senator John McCain is still trying to play both sides of the aisle, or at least that’s the way it seems. Despite seeming very confused during FBI Director James Comey’s testimony last week, he was on point during Jeff Sessions.
Sessions has said from the beginning that his secret meetings with the Russian Ambassador Kislyak were not important because he was working as a Senator at the time and not a presidential advisor. He claims his role on the Senate Armed Services Committee are behind his meeting with Kislyak, but no one else from the committee had these meetings. It’s possible John McCain took offense at this excuse, because he quickly called Sessions out.
McCain asked Sessions if his meeting was focused on Russia’s invasion of the Crimea region of Ukraine. Sessions quickly took the bait and responded saying ” yes”, but McCain was ready.
McCain quickly pointed out that Sessions had never shown interest in this matter during his time on the Senate Armed Forces Committee, so why all of a sudden?
Basically, McCain set him up, and then threw him out to the sharks.
Is John McCain really this clever or was this an accident? You have to appreciate McCain’s quick thinking, or planning, to out Sessions’ excuse for being interested in something more than corrupt Russian business.
It gets worse…
During Jeff Sessions’ public testimony, he briefly mentioned meeting with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak at the 2016 Republican National Convention, but he has always asserted that his meeting was for Senate business purposes.
However, according to new reports, Sessions used his Senate reelection funds to cover the expenses for the meeting with Sergey Kislyak. This is a problem for Sessions because he claimed there was nothing inappropriate about the meeting as he was a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and the trip was not payed for with funds from that committee.
Jeff Sessions’ defense hinges on the fact, they claim, he was acting as a then-U.S. senator when he talked to Russia’s ambassador at an event during last year’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Why then did Jeff Sessions pay for convention travel expenses out of political funds and why did he talk about Donald Trump’s campaign during the meeting?
According to the Wall Street Journal report, Sessions’ campaign account made two payments of $1,395 to a Cleveland hotel on July 16 of last year:
Campaign-finance-disclosure records show Mr. Sessions’ re-election campaign account was used for travel expenses in Cleveland at the same time the Republican National Convention was held in July, rather than using official funds that would pay for travel by him or other members of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
On July 16, two days before the convention began, his campaign account made two payments of $1,395 to the Sheraton Cleveland Airport. A week later, the account made two payments to the Westin Hotel in Cleveland totaling $223. All payments were described as for “lodging.”
No payments reimbursing Mr. Sessions appear in Mr. Trump’s campaign account, the records show.
Clearly, there is something fishy going on with Jeff Sessions’ stories about Russian contacts.