I have always found the Guardian to be reliable, one of the great newspapers world wide for being accurate and careful in what they write.
And today the Guardian wrote a piece that calls Jeff Sessions a liar. Still. New. It says that after Sessions met with the Russian Ambassador at the RNC convention, casually, which appears to be true, SESSIONS ALSO MET WITH THE RUSSIAN AMBASSADOR PRIVATELY AT THE RNC, OTHER THAN HIS CASUAL PUBLIC ENCOUNTER.
That makes his explanation of his failure to admit this to the Senate Confirmation senators’ questions under oath. THIS raises the issue of credible perjury by Sessions, if it can be proven — and I would expect it can be proven, if it is being leaked in this way by Justice or others who are whistle blowers.
“According to a justice department official speaking anonymously to the Washington Post when it first reported the story, the meeting was casual: Kislyak and other ambassadors approached Sessions after he finished giving a speech. Sessions then spoke with Kislyak alone, the official said, citing a former staffer for the senator. To say the meeting was “set up by the Obama administration” is false.”
Further it clarifies that contrary to claims from the White House or Sessions, this was not a meeting set up by the Obama State Department. What is true is that the US had a long standing pattern of inviting ambassadors from other countries to our political conventions as an educational opportunity, organized through the State Department. No subsequent meetings at the convention could be characterized as this kind of very public attendance by the Russian ambassador.
Nowhere do we see this attendance at the Republican Convention by the Russian ambassador or anyone in his embassy doing this with Hillary Clinton and the Democratic convention.
Further, it appears that Jeff Sessions attended the GOP Convention on the Trump campaign dime, using campaign donations funding for that trip, not his own $$$ and not any senate funds to do so. This has been reported by a range of sources, including the Wall Street Journal and San Francisco Gate:
“The use of political funds instead of legislative funds is an important distinction because the Trump administration maintains that Session was acting only in his role as a then-U.S. senator when he talked to Kislyak.”
This looks like the first sparks of the fire behind the smoke. Meanwhile Trump adds to the smoke with more lies, more false accusations, and his spokespuppets try to walk back what he tweeted uncontrollably from his gold-plated throne in Florida, aka the twitter sh*tter. And more sparks fly, more fire and smoke, the downfall of the Trump administration heats up.