Jeff Sessions is in Big Trouble

By on October 31, 2017
AG Jeff Sessions

The fact that George Papadopoulos was caught up in Mueller’s Russia investigation was bad news for a lot of people on Monday, with Attorney General Jeff Sessions being perhaps one of the most prominent members of the Trump administration now caught in a really, really bad spot.

Ever since his confirmation hearings, Sessions has been playing fast and loose with questions related to his knowledge of Russian links to the Trump campaign. He has revised his Senate testimony on multiple times and, most recently, got into a heated exchange with Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) about his ever-evolving story. Unfortunately for Sessions, there probably isn’t any way he’s going to be able to squirm out of the consequences of his lies anymore.

That’s because of the revelation found in the Papadopolous court paperwork that shows the former Trump staffer was at a high-level meeting with Sessions (as well as the President) in which prosecutors allege the meeting of campaign officials with the Kremlin was discussed.

“On or about March 31, 2016, defendant PAPADOPOULOS attended a ‘national security meeting’ in Washington, D.C., with then-candidate Trump and other foreign policy advisors for the Campaign. When defendant PAPADOPOULOS introduced himself to the group, he stated, in sum and substance, that he had connections that could help arrange a meeting between then-candidate Trump and President Putin,” reads the filing.

According to this photo on President Trump’s Instagram account, Sessions was sitting in that very room.

The Intercept lays out the dilemma for Sessions quite plainly:

During his confirmation process, Sessions was asked a key question by Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn.: “If there is any evidence that anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign communicated with the Russian government in the course of this campaign, what will you do?”

“Senator Franken, I’m not aware of any of those activities,” Sessions responded. “I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign and I didn’t have — did not have communications with the Russians, and I’m unable to comment on it.”

The question, however, was about Sessions’s knowledge of such communications, and we now know he was in a meeting in which they were discussed.

Oops.

There can’t really be any doubt now that Sessions has perjured himself on multiple occasions under oath before Congress. And depending on how far Mueller’s Russia probe goes, perjury may be the least of the charges he ends up facing.