WASHINGTON, D.C. — In spite of the outrage shown by Democratic leaders over Attorney General Jeff Sessions two time meeting with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, it turns out Kislyak was a frequent visitor to many Democrats including former president Barack Obama.
According a report published by The Daily Caller (http://dailycaller.com/2017/03/02/gop-sen-30-dems-met-with-russian-ambassador-on-iran-deal/), Kislyak met with at least 30 high ranking Democratic leaders and was himself a routine visitor to the Obama White House.
The revelation comes to light after Sen. Claire McCaskill, (D-Mo.) blasted Sessions by tweeting that she had “been on the Armed Services Com for 10 years. No call or meeting w/Russian ambassador. Ever. Ambassadors call members of Foreign Rel Com.”
That was quickly proven untrue after National Review’s Charles C.W. Cooke unearthed social media postings McCaskill twice wrote in regard to meetings with Kislyak, in 2013 and 2015.
“Off to meeting w/Russian Ambassador. Upset about the arbitrary/cruel decision to end all U.S. adoptions, even those in process,” McCaskill tweeted on Jan. 30, 2013.
On Aug. 6, 2015, McCaskill wrote: “Today calls with British, Russian, and German ambassadors re: Iran deal. #doingmyhomework.”
McCaskill later blamed Twitter’s character limit for the glaring inconsistancy in her claims although Factcheck.org also proved her claims to be untrue (http://www.factcheck.org/2017/03/mccaskills-russian-flub/).
Republican Georgia Sen. David Perdue took to the floor Thursday to point out the apparent hypocrisy of his fellow colleagues.
“We have literally reached a point where members of this body are slandering former colleagues for having and taking the same opportunities afforded to them,” said Perdue. This morning my colleague, the senior senator from Missouri [Claire McCaskill], tweeted that she had never, ever, met with or taken a call from the Russian Ambassador. But her own Twitter account proved that she has at least twice in the last four years.”
“Thirty members, as a matter of fact, of this body met with the Russian Ambassador and ambassadors from other nations in 2015 for a sales pitch on President Obama’s deal with Iran. Many of them — including the senior senator from Missouri — were open supporters at that time of candidates in the presidential race,” he added.
According to the Daily Caller report, Kislyak is listed as visiting the White House at least 22 times between 2009 and 2016.
In an effort to quell the controversy, Sessions announced late Thursday that he will recuse himself from an ongoing investigation into whether or not Russian officials played any role in tampering with the 2016 election.