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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Nonsense About The Attorney General

In the annals of Fake News, the Washington Post is trying to win the Bullizer Prize with its latest attack on Attorney General Jeff Sessions.  The headlines scream that intelligence reveals that Sessions actually discussed campaign related matters with the Russian ambassador after denying that.  Not really.
Here's the main claim of the Washington Post:
A former official said that the intelligence indicates that Sessions and Kislyak had “substantive” discussions on matters including Trump’s positions on Russia-related issues and prospects for U.S.-Russia relations in a Trump administration.
Notice two key things about what this claims:
1.  The unnamed source is a "former" official.  That means it's an Obama era official who is not even necessarily in the intelligence field.  Someone like Susan Rice comes to mind, but we don't know who it is since the Post chooses not to disclose that.  It's just another of those stories from people who would love to undermine the Trump administration anonymously.
2.  More important, the subject of discussion is not the campaign or collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign.  Rather it is "Trump's positions on Russia-related issues" and "prospects" for relations with Russia under Trump.  These are exactly the things one would think any campaign would discuss with a Russian ambassador.  I'm sure someone from the Hillary campaign discussed her views on Russia with the Russian ambassador and how things would go under a Hillary administration.  There's nothing wrong with discussing that either.
On top of this, Sessions never said anything to the contrary.  He denied any discussions of collusion.  He admitted, however, that he had spoken to the ambassador.
The whole story is built up to look like some big news, but basically it is just more fake BS.

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