During a speech at the Federalist Society National Lawyers Convention in Washington on a range of topics including the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and calls for the Justice Department to issue a special counsel to investigate Hillary Clinton, Attorney General Jeff Sessions cracked a joke about the other side’s tendency to see a Russian behind every corner.
Sessions made light of Democrats’ seeming insistence that he know about and be able to recall any Russian he ever talked to or was in a room with by asking the audience, “I just was thinking, I want to ask you: is ambassador Kislyak in the room.”
“Before I get started here,” Sessions quipped. “Any Russians? Anybody been to Russia? Got a cousin in Russia or something.”
The conservative crowd obviously enjoyed Sessions’ joke, but the mainstream media weren’t so amused. Newsweek somberly reminded readers, “Three congressional committees and Department of Justice special counsel Robert Mueller are investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and possible coordination with the Trump campaign” and that “Sessions has come under scrutiny for failing to disclose during his Senate confirmation hearing that he met with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.”
The Washington Post reminded readers, “Sergey Kislyak, Russia’s former ambassador to the United States, is a key figure because Sessions had long ago denied having any communications with Russians, only to have The Washington Post reveal he had twice met with Kislyak during the campaign.”
CNN made a point to mention that the speech was in the Mayflower Hotel, where “one of his infamous meetings with a Russian happened.”
Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) wasn’t in a joking mood either, telling CNN’s “The Situation Room” that Sessions “still doesn’t get it.”
“He is not in trouble because he happened to be in places where there were Russians,” said Lieu. “He is in trouble because he had a nearly hourlong meeting with Ambassador Kislyak – [who] is also a spy – and then he failed to disclose the existence of that meeting under oath to the U.S. Senate.”
Except, as he has said many times, Sessions had many such meetings in his role as a high-profile senator.
Libs were in a tizzy as well, because joking about their insanity is the best way to get under their skin.
— Dr. DaShanne Stokes (@DaShanneStokes) November 18, 2017
Jeff Sessions, America’s supposed top cop, thinks Russia interfering in American elections is a joke. He didn’t think it was so funny when he said “I don’t recall” 476 times under oath. pic.twitter.com/kVkNEXJbK5
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) November 17, 2017
Glad I skipped the Federalist Society meeting this year. False statements and collaboration with Russia are no joke https://t.co/m6H7wm1JOf
— Richard W. Painter (@RWPUSA) November 17, 2017
I am sure Russia enjoyed Jeff Sessions joke about whether or not there were any Russians in the room at the event he spoke at today. If there weren’t, that’s a first, and I doubt Putin is laughing.
— Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) November 18, 2017
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