Written by DML
The Washington Post on Friday evening launched an irresponsible article which makes horrible accusations about Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The article is entitled: “Sessions discussed Trump campaign-related matters with Russian ambassador, U.S. intelligence intercepts show.”
According to the embattled news outlet, which is never shy about it’s anti-Trump reporting, Russia’s ambassador to Washington DC told his superiors at the Kremlin that he and Session held conversations about campaign-related issues, including issues important to Russia. Allegedly these conversations took place during the 2016 election. If indeed true, this would mean Sessions lied under oath.
I’m calling FAKE NEWS!
The Washington Post (WaPo) is reporting that Ambassador Sergey Kislyak had two conversations with Sessions when the then Alabama senator was advising the Trump campaign. WaPo writes: the conversations “were intercepted by U.S. spy agencies, which monitor the communications of senior Russian officials both in the United States and in Russia.”
Session claimed under oath earlier this year that he never held any conversations about the Trump campaign with the Russian Ambassador.
WaPo continues its report by citing unnamed sources, listing them as “US officials.” Here is what they write about the claims: “One U.S. official said that Sessions — who testified that he has no recollection of an April encounter — has provided “misleading” statements that are “contradicted by other evidence.” 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.”
The timing of the report by WaPo cannot be overlooked.
Sessions was recently lambasted by Trump during an interview the president gave with The New York Times. Trump called out Sessions for his decision to recuse himself from the Russia investigation. Smelling blood in the water, the WaPo sharks are circling the White House.
It’s amazing how this sort of information just suddenly pops up, isn’t it! My take is WaPo is trying to wedge more distance between Trump and Sessions. I think they want Sessions to either resign, or make it so Trump fires him.
I think WaPo wants this to happen because they believe it will push Trump into making the politically fatal decision of firing special prosecutor Robert Mueller.
Here is the key line in the WaPo article: “Officials emphasized that the information contradicting Sessions comes from U.S. intelligence on Kislyak’s communications with the Kremlin, and acknowledged that the Russian ambassador could have mischaracterized or exaggerated the nature of his interactions.”
So to be clear, this is not an intercept of Sessions speaking with the ambassador. This is the ambassador speaking with the Kremlin about his conversations with Sessions. It’s fake news.
The Russian ambassador knows his every word is being monitored by the U.S., so obviously this was a complete setup to be used at a later date against Trump and Sessions.
It is important to note that WaPo has a history of putting out fake news when it relates to Russia and the 2016 election. For example, back in November 2016, WaPo put out an article attacking websites that were pro-Trump during the election. My website being one of them.
The article glorified a shady website run by nameless authors who smeared dozens of U.S. news sites by claiming they were all “routine peddlers of Russian propaganda.”
The WaPo article claims that millions of Americans have been deceived in a massive Russian “misinformation campaign.” In other words, they accused websites such as Drudge Report, the Ron Paul Institute, and Dennis Michael Lynch of working with the Russians to get Trump elected. I know it sounds completely asinine and something out of a conspiracy novel but then again, we are taking about The Washington Post.
The article backfired on WaPo. The outlet was blasted for irresponsible reporting. Glen Greewald at the Intercept wrote, “The article is rife with obviously reckless and unproven allegations, and fundamentally shaped by shoddy, slothful journalistic tactics. It was not surprising to learn that, as BuzzFeed’s Sheera Frenkel noted, “a lot of reporters passed on this story.” Its huge flaws are self-evident. But the Post gleefully ran with it and then promoted it aggressively, led by its Executive Editor Marty Baron.
He continues: In casting the group behind this website as “experts,” the Post described the website simply as “a nonpartisan collection of researchers with foreign policy, military and technology backgrounds.” Not one individual at the organization is named. The executive director is quoted, but only on the condition of anonymity, which the Post said it was providing the group “to avoid being targeted by Russia’s legions of skilled hackers.”
In other words, the individuals behind this newly created group are publicly branding journalists and news outlets as tools of Russian propaganda — even calling on the FBI to investigate them for espionage — while cowardly hiding their own identities. The group promoted by the Post thus embodies the toxic essence of Joseph McCarthy, but without the courage to attach individual names to the blacklist. Echoing the Wisconsin senator, the group refers to its lengthy collection of sites spouting Russian propaganda as “The List.”
Bottom line: Senator Jeff Sessions did not hold inappropriate conversations with the Russian ambassador. He’s a veteran politician who knows we can’t trust the Russians. There is no way he makes such a stupid move like the one WaPo is reporting. This WaPo story is just more crappy reporting from a news outlet trying to take down the Trump administration.
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