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Saturday, July 22, 2017

It depends on how you define "meetings?"

Go figure. Were "conversations" "meetings" or in some formal sense, encounters only, but with words exchanged? Must a "meeting" be something planned in advance and discoverable as an entry within some subpoenaed desk calendar or e-calender on the iPhone?

It's reminiscent of the Bubba "never had sex with that woman" delving into word meanings. At least Sessions never had sex with the Russian Ambassador, so far as the record currently shows. And it seems nobody in any DC authority position is asserting any such encounter.

This WaPo link, so what's a "meeting???"

There would be no howl of unfairness were Sessions jettisoned and replaced with someone more sensible about marijuana legalization. While certainly a separate issue, two birds with one stone is an old adage worth liking in some situations.

There would be beauty if this former prosecutor were to be entangled in a "not to my recollection" weaseling around in testifying under oath, this excerpt from the WaPo item [link in original]:

Sessions appeared to narrow that assertion further in extensive testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee in June, saying that he “never met with or had any conversation with any Russians or foreign officials concerning any type of interference with any campaign or election in the United States.”

But when pressed for details, Sessions qualified many of his answers during that hearing by saying that he could “not recall” or did not have “any recollection.”

A former U.S. official who read the Kislyak reports said that the Russian ambassador reported speaking with Sessions about issues that were central to the campaign, including Trump’s positions on key policy matters of significance to Moscow.

Sessions had a third meeting with Kislyak in his Senate office in September. Officials declined to say whether U.S. intelligence agencies intercepted any Russian communications describing the third encounter.

As a result, the discrepancies center on two earlier Sessions-Kislyak conversations, including one that Sessions has acknowledged took place in July 2016 on the sidelines of the Republican National Convention.

It appears the intelligence information is of a form without any "recollection" cloudiness over intervening time; whereas Sessions, he's navigating on his "recollection" which would not contradict the other evidence, but would impeach his ability to recall things; which is not a good trait for a sitting AG.

It looks as if Trump is wanting to Bork Mueller, and Sessions is in the way of Trump finding a sufficiently flexible and willing Bork to do that heinous job.

However, back to Sessions and his ability to recall being put into question, the linked philly.com item cited by the WaPo report states:

"I did not have communications with the Russians," Sessions said when asked whether anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign had communicated with representatives of the Russian government.

He has since maintained that he misunderstood the scope of the question and that his meetings with Kislyak were strictly in his capacity as a U.S. senator. In a March appearance on Fox television, Sessions said, "I don't recall any discussion of the campaign in any significant way."

Sessions appeared to narrow that assertion further in extensive testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee in June, saying that he "never met with or had any conversation with any Russians or foreign officials concerning any type of interference with any campaign or election in the United States."

But when pressed for details, Sessions qualified many of his answers during that hearing by saying that he could "not recall" or did not have "any recollection."

In fairness to the man, I cannot recall specifics of unfavorable commentary I may have published here about Sessions; but again as with the DC happenings, there is the archive - evidence which recalls without error - and is hence more reliable than frail human abilities.

So, Sessions did as the intercepts said, and merely fails in memory.

Sad.

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