It’s now confirmed that Attorney General Jeff Sessions lied during his confirmation hearings about contacting Russia. Twitter is ripping him a new one.
While undergoing confirmation hearings in the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sessions lied while under oath when asked whether or not he had any contact with Russian government officials during Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) March 2, 2017
The Washington Post reported Wednesday night that Sessions had at least two separate conversations with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak in July and September. Sessions alleges he can’t remember what they discussed. The Wall Street Journal also reported that Sessions is now under federal investigation over his meetings with Kislyak.
Twitter exploded with outrage at the news of Sessions’ meetings with the Russian ambassador, and reactions are a mix of calls for Sessions to recuse himself from the ongoing federal investigation regarding President Trump’s ties to Russia, and for him to resign as Attorney General altogether. And of course, some political observers on Twitter are ruthlessly mocking AG Sessions in true form.
Michael Flynn: "I'm tired of everyone thinking I'm a traitor in bed with Russia."
Jeff Sessions: "Hold my beer."
— Michael Blackman (@ParaComedian09) March 2, 2017
Because it's so self-demolishing, this is technically the best thing Jeff Sessions has done for the world.
— Bess Kalb (@bessbell) March 2, 2017
Sessions lied about his contact with Russia?
On three everybody: pic.twitter.com/o7JHhRxbag
— Steve Marmel (@Marmel) March 2, 2017
Al Franken: What will you do if it turns out Trump's people were colluding with Russians?
Sessions: I ain't talk to no Russians b.
— Jermaine Spradley (@MrSpradley) March 2, 2017
Say what you will about Jeff Sessions being a potentially treasonous liar and vehement racist, but at least he doesn't smoke pot.
— Daddy (@zachheltzel) March 2, 2017
Well at least Jeff Sessions is still a noted civil rights hero.
— Jamelle Bouie (@jbouie) March 2, 2017
Some Twitter users made the point that when it comes to the people President Trump chooses to surround himself with, there’s an underlying pattern of talking to Russian officials and lying about it, like former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, who resigned over a scandal that also involved conversations with Sergey Kislyak.
Hmmm… I wonder if it’s just a coincidence that Sessions and Flynn both tried to hide their contacts with Russia
— Taegan Goddard (@politicalwire) March 2, 2017
So, except for his AG, ex nat sec.adviser, & former campaign manager, so far, trump associates didn't have contact w russia during campaign
— Laura Rozen (@lrozen) March 2, 2017
Sessions’ perjury is particularly notable, given his calls for President Bill Clinton to resign when he lied under oath about having an affair with Monica Lewinsky. Twitter users dug up video of Sessions’ calling for Clinton’s resignation:
Jeff Sessions in 1999 speaking on the importance of prosecuting Bill Clinton over perjury allegations pic.twitter.com/LCV6AqZB17
— Lee Fang (@lhfang) March 2, 2017
Didn’t Jeff Sessions once vote to remove a president from office for lying under oath?
— KevinFranck (@KevinFranck) March 2, 2017
Journalist Sarah Kendzior tweeted that Sessions, who recently reversed a Department of Justice decision to not house federal prisoners in private prisons, may get to see the inside of one. And Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) suggested Sessions recuse himself from any investigation regarding his own ties to Russia:
Hey, Jeff Sessions built up the private prison complex just in time to inhabit one https://t.co/1aXloa3raI
— Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) March 2, 2017
I'm thinking Jeff Sessions is not the right person to investigate Jeff Sessions.
— Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) March 2, 2017
Others pointed out that Sessions — who was previously denied an appointment to a federal judgeship by a Republican-controlled Senate in 1986 due to his record of racially biased prosecution — has plenty of other not-so-redeeming qualities aside from lying about having conversations with the Russian government.
Good on Sessions for demonstrating why he shouldn't be AG with something entirely orthogonal to his racism.
— Ankit Panda (@nktpnd) March 2, 2017
I mean, Sessions also lied under oath about being racist, so it's not as if there wasn't precedent.
— Allison Winn Scotch (@aswinn) March 2, 2017
Kevin Wallace is a journalist with five years’ experience in print and digital media, and covers politics, media, and culture for the Resistance Report. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida.