The Democrats’ Russia Narrative is Filled With Holes and Hypocrisy
According to the organization Global Cleveland, the July event at which Sen. Jeff Sessions met with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak was sponsored by none other than President Obama’s State Department. The event, which took place in Cleveland at the same time as the Republican National Convention, was attended by 80 ambassadors from around the world, including Kislyak. It was coordinated by the Global Cleveland organization in conjunction with the RNC and the U.S. Department of State, according to the official website.
But the media and the Democrats are trying desperately to avoid reporting the details of the event so they can make it look like Sessions was scheduling secret, private, under-the-radar meetings with the Russians. And the implication, of course, is that Sessions and Kislyak were plotting and scheming over the DNC hacks, setting up quid pro quo scenarios, and just generally cooking up treasonous acts against the U.S. government. When you see how innocuous these “meetings” really were, that storyline falls apart.
But if you still think Kislyak is a nefarious Russian agent, then your questions shouldn’t be limited to Jeff Sessions and the Trump campaign team. Indeed, why not ask Barack Obama himself why he felt it necessary to meet with Kislyak at least 22 times between 2009 and 2016? Was Obama working to overthrow the U.S. government? Was he secretly planning traitorous schemes with Vladimir Putin? Or was he simply meeting with the official diplomat of a country that remains a huge player on the global map?
Okay, let’s forget about Obama. What about these Democrats who are calling on Sessions to resign in disgrace? Sen. Chuck Schumer has been one of the loudest voices when it comes to that issue. On Thursday, he tweeted that it was time for Congress to expand its investigation into Putin’s involvement in the 2016 election.
“The bottom line is we have an obligation to get to the truth,” he wrote. “We must evaluate the scope of Russia’s interference in our election.”
White House communications official Dan Scavino replied with a picture of Schumer and Putin having a merry old time back in 2003. “Do it over a donut and coffee,” Scavino suggested.
President Trump then jumped into the fray, re-posting the photo on Twitter. “We should start an immediate investigation into @SenSchumer and his ties to Russia and Putin,” he wrote. “A total hypocrite!”
Well, save some room for Sen. Claire McCaskill, who rejected Sessions’ defense, which was that he met with diplomats of all stripes in his official capacity as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
“I’ve been on the Armed Services Com for 10 years,” she said. “No call or meeting with Russian ambassador. Ever. Ambassadors call members of Foreign Rel Com.”
That sounds like a pretty categorical denial, but it turned out to be…well…how do we say…not quite the truth. How do we know? Why, McCaskill herself was kind enough to tell us. National Review did some digging into her Twitter history and came back with these gems:
“Off to meeting w/Russian ambassador,” she wrote in January 2013. “Upset about the arbitrary/cruel decision to end all U.S. adoptions, even those in process.”
“Today calls with British, Russian, and German ambassadors re: Iran deal,” she wrote in August 2015.
That doesn’t seem to match her claim of “no call or meeting with Russian ambassador – Ever,” but McCaskill said the 140 character limit on Twitter prevented her from telling the full story. She insisted that there was “no contradiction” between her claim this week and the truth.
Point being is that Democrats are throwing stones from glass houses, trying to make America believe that vapor is smoke. And maybe there is smoke. We’ll find out soon enough. In the meantime, however, we’re watching a party that is scared to death of the Trump agenda do everything they can to keep it from coming to fruition.