WH on Report of Sessions-Russia Meetings: 'Latest Attack by Partisan Dems'
The White House is pushing back this morning on a report about Attorney General Jeff Sessions' meetings with the Russian ambassador during the campaign.
In a statement, the White House said this morning:
This is the latest attack against the Trump Administration by partisan Democrats. General Sessions met with the ambassador in an official capacity as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, which is entirely consistent with his testimony. It's no surprise Senator Al Franken is pushing this story immediately following President Trump's successful address to the nation.
The Washington Post reported Wednesday night that the former senator, an early adviser to the Trump campaign, spoke twice last year with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, but did not disclose those conversations when asked by senators in his recent confirmation hearings.
Sessions called the report "false" in a statement last night, saying he "never met with any Russian officials to discuss issues of the campaign."
Meantime, the ranking Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, Elijah Cummings, is calling on Sessions to resign.
— House OversightDems (@OversightDems) March 2, 2017
Meantime, a separate report by the New York Times revealed that the Obama administration rushed in its final days to preserve intelligence related to the Trump campaign's possible contacts with Russian officials.
"American allies, including the British and the Dutch, had provided information describing meetings in European cities between Russian officials — and others close to Russia’s president, Vladimir V. Putin — and associates of President-elect Trump," the report stated.
On "Fox & Friends" this morning, Judge Napolitano reacted to the new developments, saying the alleged connections are becoming a "pain in the neck" for President Trump.
"Was there a connection between the Russian government and the Trump-Pence campaign and if so, what was the nature of that connection and who was involved in it, who knew about it?" Napolitano asked, predicting that Sessions will agree to appoint a special prosecutor to conduct an independent investigation.
Watch the report above.