McCaskill denies Russia meeting, Twitter shows otherwise

On Thursday, Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) claimed she never met with a Russian ambassador, while also calling for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign, despite evidence of two prior Tweets of her interactions with the Russian official.

A spokeswoman for Sessions issued a statement Wednesday night that his contacts with Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak were a function of his duties as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Wednesday evening, McCaskill weighed in with a tweet, attacking Attorney General Jeff Sessions over his alleged meetings with the Russian ambassador last year while he served as her former colleague on the Senate Armed Services Committee.

“I’ve been on the Armed Services (Committee) for 10 years,” McCaskill said. “No call or meeting w/ Russian ambassador. Ever. Ambassadors call members of (Foreign Relations Committee).”

Despite denying “ever” having a one-on-one meeting with Kislyak, it was later discovered that McCaskill had previously tweeted mixed messages regarding their controversial meeting.

In January 2013, she tweeted, “Off to meeting w/ Russian Ambassador. Upset about the arbitrary/cruel decision to end all US adoptions, even those in process.”

Then, in August 2015, McCaskill posted plans to chat with foreign ambassadors, including Kislyak from Moscow. “Today calls with British, Russian, and German Ambassadors re: Iran deal,” she wrote.

Thursday, she defended her Tweets by acknowledging having spoken to the Russian ambassador regarding the Iran nuclear deal and blamed Twitter’s limited character allowance for misleading her message.

“One-hundred and forty characters are tough. The word ‘from’ should have been in there but I didn’t have room,” she said.

McCaskill also reiterated her call for Sessions to resign, suggesting his personal meeting with the Russian ambassador was not characteristic for an Armed Services Committee member.

H/T: Townhall

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