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Attorney General Jeff Sessions accused of lying about contact with Russia

Chaos at Jeff Sessions confirmation hearing: Protesters dressed as the KKK crash Senate committee to call Trump's pick for attorney general a 'racist' as he's joined by his young grandkidsAttorney General Jeff Sessions accused of lying about contact with Russia news 1x1.trans

Attorney General Jeff Sessions had two conversations with the Russian ambassador to the United States during the presidential campaign season last year, contact likely to fuel calls for him to recuse himself from a Justice Department investigation into Russian interference in the election.

Sessions, an early supporter of President Donald Trump and a policy adviser to the Republican candidate, did not disclose those communications at his confirmation hearing in January when asked whether “anyone affiliated” with the campaign had contact with the Russians.

Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said “there was absolutely nothing misleading about his answer.”

Sessions had meetings last year with more than 25 foreign ambassadors in his role as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and had two separate interactions with the Russian ambassador, Sergey Kislyak, the department said.

One was an office visit in the fall, and the other occurred in a group setting following a Heritage Foundation speech that Sessions gave during the summer.

Revelations of the contact, first reported by The Washington Post, triggered calls from members of Congress for Sessions to back out of any involvement in the FBI’s probe.

“If reports are accurate that Attorney General Sessions — a prominent surrogate for Donald Trump — met with Ambassador Kislyak during the campaign, and failed to disclose this fact during his confirmation, it is essential that he recuse himself from any role in the investigation of Trump campaign ties to the Russians,” said Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee. “This is not even a close call; it is a must.”

At the confirmation hearing in January, Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota alerted Sessions to allegations of contact between Russia and Trump aides during the 2016 election. He asked Sessions what he would do if there was evidence that anyone from the campaign was in touch with Russia.

Sessions said he was “unaware of those activities.”

“I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign and I didn’t have, did not have communications with the Russians, and I’m unable to comment on it,” Sessions said.

Flores, the Justice Department spokeswoman, said that response was not misleading.

“He was asked during the hearing about communications between Russia and the Trump campaign — not about meetings he took as a senator and a member of the Armed Services Committee,” she said.

The White House did not immediately comment.

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Protesters dressed like KKK members gets tossed from Jeff Sessions confirmation before it

  • The early minutes of Sen. Jeff Sessions' confirmation hearing were interrupted by protesters shouting the attorney general nominee down 
  • Sessions brought along four of his 10 grandchildren and introduced his family members and joked about football in the lead off of the two-day hearing 
  • The senator's civil rights record will be heavily scrutinized with Democratic Sen. Cory Booker and Rep. John Lewis slated to speak out against his appointment

Before Donald Trump's pick for attorney general Jeff Sessions even got a chance to speak, several protesters dressed like members of the Ku Klux Klan made their views known as they shouted down 'Jefferson Bearegard' and called the senator a 'racist.' 

In the early moments of the hearing, Sessions sat in the crowd with one of his  granddaughters on his knee – four of his 10 grandkids were on hand – as Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, the chairman of the committee, brought of the Ku Klux Klan too – but Sessions' record in going after it.

Grassley talked about how Sessions oversaw the investigation of Klansman Francis Hays 'for the brutal abduction and murder of a black teenager Michael Donald.' 

'He made sure that case was brought to state court where the defendant was eligible for and received the punishment that he justly deserved: the death penalty,' Grassley said. 

Sessions' record on civil rights will be front and center in the scheduled two-day hearing in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, the same committee that voted down a federal district court judgeship for Sessions in 1986, over a number of racially-insensitive comments that came out.   

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Protesters dressed like members of the Ku Klux Klan interrupted the Jeff Sessions hearing before it even began calling out 'Jefferson Bearegard' as a 'racist' 

Protesters dressed like members of the Ku Klux Klan interrupted the Jeff Sessions hearing before it even began calling out 'Jefferson Bearegard' as a 'racist' 

Sen. Jeff Sessions awaited his turn to speak with his granddaughter on his lap. Four of the attorney general nominee's grandkids attended today's confirmation hearing 

Sen. Jeff Sessions awaited his turn to speak with his granddaughter on his lap. Four of the attorney general nominee's grandkids attended today's confirmation hearing 

Protesters dress as KKK disrupt Sessions confirmation hearing
Sen. Jeff Sessions (right) appears at his confirmation hearing as protesters wearing KKK garments wave at him in the background 

Sen. Jeff Sessions (right) appears at his confirmation hearing as protesters wearing KKK garments wave at him in the background 

Attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions (center) enters his confirmation hearing alongside Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley, R- Iowa 

Attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions (center) enters his confirmation hearing alongside Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley, R- Iowa 

Members of the group Codepink were also on hand at today's confirmation sessions for attorney general nominee, Sen. Jeff Sessions 

Members of the group Codepink were also on hand at today's confirmation sessions for attorney general nominee, Sen. Jeff Sessions 

In his own words, Sessions explained why his nomination by President Ronald Reagan was thwarted. 

'Let me address another issue straight on,' he began. 'I was accused in 1986 of failing to protect the voting rights of African-Americans by presenting the Perry County case, the voter fraud case, and of condemning civil rights advocates and organization.' 

'And even harboring, amazingly, sympathies for the KKK,' Sessions continued.   

He called all these charges 'false.' 

Sessions labeled the voter fraud case a 'voting rights' case saying that African-Americans had complained that their votes had been stolen or altered by the trio of civil rights activists dubbed the 'Marion Three.'

In January 1985, Evelyn Turner, along with her husband, the late Albert Turner Sr., and Spencer Hogue Jr. were indicted by a grand jury on 29 counts for allegedly altering absentee ballots in support of candidates endorsed by the Perry County Civic League. 

Speaking today, Evelyn Turner still contends that the charges were racially motivated, saying to CNN of Sessions: 'Have you ever known a leopard to change his spots? I haven't.... Sessions is still a racist.'

'As for the KKK, I invited civil rights attorneys from D.C. to help us solve a very difficult investigation into the unconscionable, horrendous death of a young African-American coming home from the 7-11 store one night, simply because he was black,' Sessions explained, bringing up the death penalty case that Grassley referred to in the chairman's opening remarks. 

Sessions added that he never called the NAACP 'un-American,' another charge leveled at him in the 1980s. 

'Or that a civil rights attorney was a "disgrace to his race,"' addressing yet another comment that came out during the hearing 30-plus years ago. 

Sessions also addressed a more recent past, telling the panel that he would recuse himself from any investigations involving Trump's political rival, Democrat Hillary Clinton, because of comments he made during the 'contentious' presidential campaign. 

'I've given that thought, I believe the proper thing for me to do would be to recuse myself from questions involving those kinds of investigations involving Secretary Clinton that were raised during the campaign and could be otherwise connected to it,' Sessions said to the senators.  

Khizr Khan, the Gold Star father who called out Donald Trump for the Republicans' comments on Muslims at the Democratic National Convention, attened the Jeff Sessions hearing 

Khizr Khan, the Gold Star father who called out Donald Trump for the Republicans' comments on Muslims at the Democratic National Convention, attened the Jeff Sessions hearing 

Another protester got tossed from today's confirmation hearing for Sen. Jeff Sessions, in the early moments of the two-day affair 

Another protester got tossed from today's confirmation hearing for Sen. Jeff Sessions, in the early moments of the two-day affair 

For the first time ever, a sitting senator, Democratic Sen. Cory Booker, will testify against a peer, as the New Jersey lawmaker called Sessions' views 'a real danger to our country.'

'We've seen Jeff Sessions – that's Senator Jeff Sessions – consistently voting against or speaking out against key ideals of the Voting Rights Act, taking measures to try to block criminal justice reform,' Booker said yesterday on MSNBC. 

Civil rights leader, Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., will also testify against the Republican. 

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the committee's new ranking member, noted in her introduction how many of her colleagues on Judiciary had worked alongside Sessions for 20 years. 

'And that makes this very difficult for me,' she said, as many Democrats, along with progressive groups, are waging a war against Sessions, considered one of the president-elect's more controversial picks. 

Sen. Susan Collins, a moderate Republican, was one of two lawmakers who spoke on behalf of Jeff Sessions' attorney general nomination before the Alabama Republican took the hot seat

Sen. Susan Collins, a moderate Republican, was one of two lawmakers who spoke on behalf of Jeff Sessions' attorney general nomination before the Alabama Republican took the hot seat

Civil rights activist Al Sharpton attended the first day of confirmation hearings for Sen. Jeff Sessions 

Civil rights activist Al Sharpton attended the first day of confirmation hearings for Sen. Jeff Sessions 

Case in point, Khizr Khan, the Gold Star father who called out Trump for the Republican's comments on Muslims at the 2016 Democratic National Convention, was on hand. 

Civil rights leader, the Rev. Al Sharpton, was also spotted in the Capitol Hill crowd.  

To kick off the day's events, Sessions got the blessing of his other home state lawmaker, Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala.

But in a more politically-astute move, moderate Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, was also asked to praise Trump's attorney general nominee. 

Collins is known to break with her party on occasion and vote the Democratic way. 

The idea of putting her front and center was to display that Sessions had the support of both the right-wing and the center of the president-elect's political party.  

'Jeff Sessions is the same genuine, fair-minded person in unguarded private moments as he is in the halls of the Senate,' Collins cooed. 

Sessions, she argued, has had to endure 'very painful attacks on his character,' thanks to this nomination. 

She told the story of how the late Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter, a Republican-turned-Democrat, could name only one vote he would change while serving as senator, and that was his down vote against Sessions' nomination to be a federal judge. 

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Comment by Bombahdrop on March 26, 2017 at 7:42am
But wait I thought their leader was murdered by his wife and step son it was on the news wow so this dude is vice kkk stepping up to the plate talking bout racist in that outfit. I'm just done
Comment by mr1stroke on January 10, 2017 at 5:03pm

 Sufferahsmusic Media Prod just like a slave negro, dumb and under achieve, who would wear a $300 pair of sneakers but live in the project, so let me guess, you would rather him f*** up so every one can pay the price, buried in poverty limited education, bring back law and order where you cannot travel from one state to another, lol i mean damn do you have any sense of history, but i understand when you already poor and have no plans to achieve and no goals in the future, you rather live government programs, stay in that roach project apartment waiting for your mother to die so you can take over, as long you have a bullshit car on rims park outside the project you consider it wealth, now that is the mind of a n*****, it is so sad and dumb niggers like you want the world to feel sorry when you embrace poevrty and welfare

Comment by Sufferahsmusic Media Prod on January 10, 2017 at 4:19pm
This. N**** hope trump do good so everyone can feel stupid damn dude your stupid as f**
Comment by Robert on January 10, 2017 at 2:12pm
In the 1940's, fifties and sixties the racism in government brought about Martin Luther King, Malcolm X ,Stokely Carmichael, John F Kennedy and many others. So sometimes we must go through the fire to bring out the best of us.
Comment by nissy on January 10, 2017 at 1:58pm
RME
Comment by mr1stroke on January 10, 2017 at 12:52pm

lol poor Trump between now and the inauguration ceremony this is going to be a big mess, i truly hope he do good just to make every one feel stupid, sometimes this is how chance comes, but only God knows what the future holds

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