Perjury Confirmed: Russia Bank Lobbyist Throws Jeff Sessions Under The Bus
According to a Guardian report published Thursday, a lobbyist working on behalf of Russian interests who helped craft an important foreign policy speech for Donald Trump has confirmed that he attended two dinners hosted by Attorney General Jeff Sessions during the 2016 campaign, contradicting Sessions’ sworn testimony before Congress this week.
Sessions testified under oath on Tuesday that he “did not believe” he had any contacts with lobbyists working for Russian interests over the course of Trump’s presidential campaign. But Richard Burt, an American lobbyist who recently served on behalf of private equity firm connected with Russia’s Alfa Bank, contradicted Sessions’ statement.
Burt said he was invited to two dinners hosted by Sessions last summer, noting that former several Republican foreign policy officials were also in attendance.
“I did attend two dinners with groups of former Republican foreign policy officials and Senator Sessions,” he told The Guardian.
Burt’s ties to the Trump campaign became public in April 2016 when Burt told NPR that he was “asked to provide a draft for Donald Trump’s first Foreign Policy speech delivered on April 27, 2016 at the Mayflower Hotel, a role that brought him into contact with Sessions personally.
The event was attended by Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, who is a key person at the heart of the scandal surrounding Sessions’ personal dealings with Russian officials.
Earlier this year, Sessions recused himself from oversight of the FBI’s investigation into possible collusion between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign in March after it emerged that he held two undisclosed meetings with the Russian ambassador during the 2016 presidential election.