Sen. Al Franken Destroys ‘Liar’ Jeff Sessions Over Misleading Senate Testimony
Appearing on ABC News Friday, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) lambasted Attorney General Jeff Sessions for not telling him the truth during his January confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, and again in October during a separate congressional hearing.
During his confirmation hearing on Jan 10, Franken asked Sessions what he would do “if there is any evidence that anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign communicated with the Russian government in the course of this campaign.”
“Sen. Franken, I’m not aware of any of those activities,” Sessions told Franken. “I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign and I did not have communications with the Russians.”
Then, on October 18, Franken exposed lie after lie during a contentious hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee when he pressed Sessions to clarify the testimony during his initial confirmation process.
Sessions initially denied categorically meeting with Russians during the campaign, but was forced to walk that back when it emerged he had met at least twice with then-Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. He then claimed that the meetings had focused purely on foreign affairs and his senatorial duties, a claim rebutted by Kislyak himself, who told his superiors that he spoke with Sessions about the 2016 campaign.
“I don’t think he told me the truth,” Franken told ABC News Friday. “I think that on different occasions he either has a terrible memory or he is deliberately not telling me the truth.”
Sessions’ contradicting testimony makes him vulnerable to prosecution. An FBI affidavit shows that former Trump adviser George Papadopoulos spoke directly with Sessions about potentially arranging a meeting with then-candidate Trump during the 2016 election.
In a letter sent Thursday, Franken demanded Sessions explain the discrepancy.
“We must get to the bottom of what happened so that we can prevent it from happening again, and I am deeply troubled that this newest revelation strongly suggests that the Senate—and the American public—cannot trust your word,” Franken wrote.
“Let’s remember that this is about Russian interference in our election and that is at the very heart of our system of democracy and we’re trying to find out whether the Trump campaign cooperated,” Franken said. “When they can’t keep their stories straight, it does seems very suspicious to me, so I want the Attorney General to answer questions. I sent him a letter and I would like for him to come before the judiciary meeting again and explain himself.”