This morning Senate Minority leader, NY Senator Chuck Schumer called senator and current Attorney General Jeff Sessions for being literal and failing to tell a Senate panel that he met with the Russian ambassador twice in 2016. And while the AG announced he would recuse himself from the investigation, it should be noted that Sen. Schumer’s demand was entirely political and a continuation of his campaign to de-legitimize the Trump administration.
Democrats such as Sen. Claire McCaskill and former Attorney General Lynch avoided the wrath of Sen. Schumer for similar violations as Sessions. And while McCaskell’s mistaken claim about not meeting the Russian ambassador may be considered minor, Lynch’s secret meeting with former president Clinton was serious. When the Bubba/Lynch meeting was revealed, even before there was any investigation of the meeting, Sen Schumer said there was nothing to the meeting and that he believed Lynch–no call for recusal, resignation, or special prosecutor.
Thursday morning (the same day Schumer called for AG Sessions to resign) Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) tweeted her criticism of Jeff Sessions.
I've been on the Armed Services Com for 10 years.No call or meeting w/Russian ambassador. Ever. Ambassadors call members of Foreign Rel Com.
— Claire McCaskill (@clairecmc) March 2, 2017
As Howard Portnoy wrote at Liberty Unyielding:
If she was going to take to Twitter with her j’accuse, maybe McCaskill should have been more circumspect about her tweeting history. If she had glanced through her past tweets, she might have recalled posting this one in 2013:
And that’s not all, she tweeted this in 2015:
Claire McCaskill lied to the American people today, why isn’t Senator Schumer calling for her to resign?
Senator Sessions did the right thing today, he recused himself to avoid even the suspicion of a conflict. Apparently he had been talking to his staff about it for over a week.
On the other hand why didn’t Senator Schumer call for AG Lynch to do that when she had that secret meeting on an airport tarmac with former president Bubba Clinton, a week before the FBI revealed that they would not be prosecuting former secretary of state Clinton.
On June 27th, 2016 Lynch held meeting with former President Bill Clinton on her private airplane on the tarmac of the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.The American public might not even know about the meeting if it weren’t for local Phoenix reporter Christopher Sign spotting Clinton exiting his own jet. Interestingly Sign also reported that the FBI tried to keep the meeting secret. “The FBI there on the tarmac instructing everybody around ‘no photos, no pictures, no cell phones…’ ”
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