Newsmax/WSJ: Trump met Russian Amb. Kislyak last April

Contradicting repeated denials from Donald Trump and his team, Newsmax reported on May 14, 2016 that Trump met Russian Ambassador Kislyak at a VIP reception in Washington on April 27.

And while meeting the Russian ambassador is fine, why lie about it?

UPDATE: The Wall Street Journal of May 13, 2016 confirms Trump met with Kislyak. The Journal goes even farther and says Trump “warmly” greeted the Russian ambassador:

A few minutes before he made those remarks, Mr. Trump met at a VIP reception with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Ivanovich Kislyak. Mr. Trump warmly greeted Mr. Kislyak and three other foreign ambassadors who came to the reception.

Trump and his aides have repeatedly denied that anyone on Trump’s team, including Trump himself, had any contacts with Russian officials during the presidential campaign. Yet we continue to find out, drip by drip, that those denials were wrong.

But according to Newsmax, in an article titled “Putin ‘Pleased’ With Trump,” Kislyak didn’t simply attend Trump’s big foreign policy speech, the Russian ambassador also attended a VIP reception that day at which he met Trump.

But Trump, after Putin praised him, called the Russian leader “very bright” and a “strong leader.”

“I believe an easing of tensions, and improved relations with Russia — from a position of strength only — is possible, absolutely possible,” Trump said at his foreign-policy speech, in April. “Some say the Russians won’t be reasonable. I intend to find out.”

But on that same day, Trump met with Sergey Ivanovich Kislyak, Russia’s ambassador to the United States, at a VIP reception along with three other foreign ambassadors.

This obscure Newsmax piece was first identified last night by Sarah Kogan.

The fact that Newsmax reported this has a certain “Nixon goes to China” air about it. Newsmax is a seriously right-wing Web site, and it’s a part of a larger penumbra of extreme right sites that Trump loves. In fact, Trump is good friends with Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy; they went golfing together just last weekend. So, any other real news site would immediately be dismissed as “fake news” by Trump and his cohorts. They can’t, however, easily dismiss Newsmax as “fake” or biased, as Trump loves them. (Newsmax is in fact biased, but it’s biased for Trump.)

Though now we have the WSJ confirming this as well, so the point is moot. (Not to mention, the WSJ is owned by Rupert Murdoch.)

Here are a few of the previous denials from Team Trump:

Nov. 11, 2016: Spokesperson Hope Hicks says “There was no communication between the campaign and any foreign entity during the campaign.”

Feb. 15, 2017: White House spokesman Sean Spicer says no one on the campaign had any contacts with Russia.

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Spicer, during the daily press briefing, was asked whether he could “say definitively that nobody on the Trump campaign, not even General Flynn, had any contact with the Russians before the election?” Spicer replied: “My understanding is that what General Flynn has now expressed is that during the transition period — well, we were very clear that during the transition period, he did speak with the ambassador.” A reporter, following up, reiterated to clarify that the question was about “during the campaign.” Spicer said, “I don’t have any … there’s nothing that would conclude me … that anything different has changed with respect to that time period.”

Feb. 16, 2017: Trump denies any contacts with Russia.

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During a wide-ranging press conference at the White House, President Trump said in response to one of many questions about Russia: “Russia is a ruse. I have nothing to do with Russia. Haven’t made a phone call to Russia in years. Don’t speak to people from Russia. Not that I wouldn’t. I just have nobody to speak to. I spoke to Putin twice. He called me on the election. I told you this. And he called me on the inauguration, a few days ago. We had a very good talk, especially the second one, lasted for a pretty long period of time. I’m sure you probably get it because it was classified. So I’m sure everybody in this room perhaps has it. But we had a very, very good talk. I have nothing to do with Russia. To the best of my knowledge no person that I deal with does. Now, Manafort has totally denied it. He denied it. Now people knew that he was a consultant over in that part of the world for a while, but not for Russia. I think he represented Ukraine or people having to do with Ukraine, or people that — whoever. But people knew that. Everybody knew that.”

Feb. 19, 2017: White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus denies any connections between Trump team and the Russians.

Reince Priebus, White House chief of staff, gave a blanket “no” when asked by Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday whether the Trump team had any connections with Moscow. Priebus went on later in the interview to add: “Let me give you an example. First of all, The New York Times put out an article with no direct sources that said that the Trump campaign had constant contacts with Russian spies, basically, you know, some treasonous type of accusations. We have now all kinds of people looking into this. I can assure you and I have been approved to say this — that the top levels of the intelligence community have assured me that that story is not only inaccurate, but it’s grossly overstated and it was wrong. And there’s nothing to it.”

Feb. 20, 2017: White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders issues a blanket denial — no contacts between Team Trump and the Russians.

Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Sanders repeated the denial during a press briefing that the Trump campaign had no contacts with Russian officials during the campaign. “This is a non-story because to the best of our knowledge, no contacts took place, so it’s hard to make a comment on something that never happened.”

And now we find out via Newsmax and Wall Street Journal that not only did Jeff Sessions, Gen. Flynn, Carter Page, Jared Kushner and JD Gordon have contacts with the ubiquitous Russian ambassador, but so did Donald Trump himself.

We know that there are multiple ongoing investigations of the Russia issue. Have any investigators ever spoken to anyone on Team Trump? And if so, did they lie about these contacts? Because that would open them up to obstruction of justice charges.

UPDATE: Jeff Sessions was at Trump’s foreign policy speech in April, the one where they held the VIP reception with the Russian ambassador. Surely, Sessions, who was Trump’s top foreign policy guy at the time, was at the VIP reception. Did Sessions meet Kislyak at the reception? If so, then we have another instance of Sessions lying under oath.

On Wednesday, April 27, the Center for the National Interest’s magazine The National Interest hosted leading Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump for a foreign policy speech as a part of its continuing coverage of the 2016 electoral campaign. Zalmay Khalilzad, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Afghanistan and Iraq, introduced Mr. Trump. Ambassador Khalilzad is also one of the members of The National Interest advisory council and the Center’s board of directors. Center Chairman General Charles Boyd, board members Drew Guff, Grover Norquist and President Dimitri Simes also took part. Other participants included Senator Jeff Sessions, several Members of the House of Representatives and the ambassadors of Italy, the Philippines, Russia and Singapore.

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75 Responses to “Newsmax/WSJ: Trump met Russian Amb. Kislyak last April”

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    Well, as the day goes on, more Trump criminality with his involvement with the Azerbaijani mafia and Trump Baku. Money Laundering, dealing with a criminal element all against the Emoluments clause and the “The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, passed in 1977, (which) forbade American companies from participating in a scheme to reward a foreign government official in exchange for material benefit or preferential treatment. ” Trump received roughly $2 million dollars from an Azerbaijani government politico. Spiro Agnew was taken down for money laundering and tax evasion; Trump and the Trump Foundation did the tax evasion thing, but bought itself out of a lawsuit (I think) — now comes the money laundering of which there isn’t an out. The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act carries a penalty of Criminal fine up to $250,000 and imprisonment up to 5 years (Trump in prison for 5 years) for actions whether knowingly or UNKNOWINGLY. Trump says they did due diligence–but that doesn’t save him.

    Barry Goldwater on Nixon (he hadn’t met Trump yet): “Nixon was the most dishonest individual I have ever met in my life. He lied to his wife, his family, his friends, his colleagues in the Congress, lifetime members of his own political party, the American people and the world.”

    He also said this: “There are only so many lies you can take, and now there has been one too many. Nixon should get his ass out of the White House — today!”

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  6. Houndentenor says:

    Then why lie about it?

  7. SBowes says:

    The Democratic Party well be pounded again in two years.
    They are laughable corrupt.

  8. goulo says:

    > Trump may be able to get the Russians out of the Ukraine

    Ha, now THAT’S funny.

  9. Greta42 says:

    You sound like a Fox viewer – alternative facts. No one agrees with you on this.

  10. rjudge says:

    trump has lied so many times; most of his lies are demonstrably proven to be lies.

    First, I must repeat as I did elsewhere, we are talking about trump, not Obama.

    1. He told us that he sent his “investigators” to Hawaii to look into Obama’s birth certificate. He told us that we “wouldn’t believe what they found.” Has trump told you what they found? He certainly hasn’t told me.

    2. He claimed that on 9/11, he saw thousands and thousands of people (Muslims) cheering in the streets of New Jersey. Lie.

    3. He claimed recently that we now have the highest murder rate in 47 years. Lie.

    4. He has claimed many times that he won by a landslide vote. After being confronted a number of times with the fact that he actually lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton by nearly some 3 million people, he then started talking about the electoral college vote margin. Again, he lied about this. He kept saying things like he won a huge electoral college vote margin, the largest since raygun (lie); then he changed it, in the same press conference, with the same reporter, to say the largest win by any republican by raygun, again, a lie. Both Presidents Clinton and Obama had larger EC vote margins in each of their elections than trump did. In the list of 45 POTUSs we have had, trump ranks pretty low on the list of EC margin wins….I think it’s about 13th from the bottom. He lies.

    5. Trump has claimed massive voter fraud; he has said that some 3 to 5 million “illegals” voted in the last election. Lie. He has never shown us any proof. No analysis has ever shown that there is massive voter fraud in this country…never, ever. trump lies.

    6. trump has claimed that there were many buses that picked up people in Massachusetts and hauled them off to New Hampshire to vote in the last election, without a single ounce of evidence. Even a former head of the GOP in New Hampshire has called trump’s claims wrong (and lies)….he put up $1000 for the first person who could prove that trump’s claims are right. No one has taken him up on that offer. trump lies.

    7. trump made the claim that there have been a lot of terrorist attacks that the “media” has not reported on. He produced a list of some over 70 incidents he claimed had not been reported on. Most if not all on that list were covered. In fact, several of them were major terrorist attacks which had major coverage for days and days, if not weeks. trump not only lies; he is pretty stupid and has some pretty stupid people working for him who put out complete nonsense like this with a list that has stories that obviously were reported on.

    8. Just yesterday, trump Tweeted that Obama had released some 122 prisoners from GITMO, 122 that had returned to the battlefield. Wrong. Yes, there have been about 122 prisoners that have been released and that are suspected as having gone back to the battlefield, but the overwhelming majority of them were released when bush was POTUS. The number Obama released in his 8 years which have returned to the battlefield is only in the single digits (can’t quite remember).

    9. trump once claimed that he did not know anything about david duke; however, some years earlier, trump himself criticized david duke for being a racist.

    I could go on and on and on; trump’s lies are “legendary.” He has spewed so many of them.

    Today, republican representative devin nunes of California defended trump’s Tweet about the wiretapping. Nunes said that we shouldn’t take trump literally. What? Does that idiot realize what he just said today? How do we then know when trump is lying or not?

    So, again, as ExpertWitness asks, “How many times does a person have to outright lie for you to develop doubts as to their trustworthiness?”

    trump has lied so much and so often; how can anyone in their right mind trust anything that the guy says????

    And, again, I will say that the issue here is trump and no one else. He is the so-called “POTUS” right now.

  11. rjudge says:

    trump lied about it.

    And don’t tell me that others you mention lied about it; don’t tell me that trump “forgot” about it.

    Those meetings the others had were some time ago. trump’s meeting was just six months ago. trump has claimed he and none of his staff have ever met with Russians during the campaign. Further, trump has told us that he has the best memory in the world. So why can’t he remember that meeting last summer?

    And, lastly, this is about trump, not those other people you mention. There are too many so-called “coincidences” of trump and/or his staff meeting Russians to be called “coincidences.”

    Why do these people keep lying? Why did flynn lie about his meeting with the ambassador to mike pence?

    “What is going on? There is something going on.” And, whatever it is, there is far more evidence that trump and his administration did do something with the russians than there is evidence that Obama wiretapped trump in trump tower.

  12. rjudge says:

    trump is evil, and you all damn well know it.

  13. Charlie Pluckhahn says:

    I’m saying it is the point. I think it’s pretty obvious that you are really pissed off that your tribe lost, and that you want the results nullified. Yep, freedom and self-rule is great, as long as your side wins, right?

  14. JustAnotherComment says:

    I’m saying that’s not the point. You asked a question and I answered it. You didn’t like the answer so you attacked me personally. Do you have any interest in addressing the question that you asked or are you just interested in personal attacks?

  15. Charlie Pluckhahn says:

    So you voted for the Hildebitch and now you’re mad.

  16. JustAnotherComment says:

    I see, you wasted your vote.
    Nevertheless, that’s off point. I answered your question, do you have any further argument to make on the point, of yours, that I addressed or are you just going to attack me personally? I understand you’re just trolling me but it would be nice to get an actual discussion going.

  17. Charlie Pluckhahn says:

    Sorry, sore loser, but you don’t know what you’re talking about. I’m one of the record number of WA State voters who cast write-ins last year. I didn’t vote for the screeching Hildebitch, or for the orange haired exposed nerve ending, or for the whack-ette, or for the stoner.

  18. Limelight Electric Limo says:

    Pluckhahn, Sherry Smith and clairence are also obvious trolls

  19. Limelight Electric Limo says:

    You bloggers who suggest that the Russia debacle is merely about whether Trump shook the hands with the Russian ambassador are either massively ignorant, uninformed and/or deliberately deceitful (my guess is probably all three). Your mischaracterizations about the pertinent question is similar to arguing whether a person who gets arrested for handing a bank teller a note that threatens violence unless they hand over money is simply a question about whether such person should be prosecuted for passing out offensive notes. Trump’s Russian communications are only part of a very big picture that looks quite disturbing from here. Meanwhile, Trump reversed his prior attitude of extreme enmity for the
    Russians, which he discussed with Fox News as recently in 2014, agreeing
    then with Mitt Romney that the Russians are dangerous and very bad
    news. Yet, without any clear explanation of the change, during the
    election campaign and afterwards, Trump started expressing his shocking
    respect and admiration for Putin, calling him a strong leader, while
    most sensible people and many Republicans (including even Bill O’Reilly on Fox News) agree that Putin presents a
    grave and present danger to all freedom loving countries. Trump also shockingly,
    expressly called on the Russians during the campaign to hack into
    Hillary Clinton’s email to try and find emails that would help him win
    election. In addition,
    during and after the campaign, Trump’s campaign/adminsitration started pushing significant changes to public policy to
    align himself with Putin, including even the Republican
    platform at the convention. One who is concerned about understanding the inexplicable change in adopting the favorable attitude about Putin might want to examine his business deals; as we
    know, Trump is most concerned about making successful business dealings
    at all cost. Notably, in 2008, his son admitted that Trump had
    significant business dealings with the Russians. However, Trump contiinues to refuse to release his tax returns, despite a loud outcry by many
    concerned about his dealings. We need to know what business dealings
    he has had and maintains with the Russians to know the extent of his
    financial connections. But many Republicans have done everything
    they can to help Trump withhold his tax returns and also avoid investigations. Thus, the obvious concern with Trump meeting with the ambassador is that the Russians obviously used illegitimate and illegal cyberattacks in an effort to interfere in our election in order to change the outcome and make Trump the (unjustfied) winner. In other words, they tried to steal the election. Moreover, they apparently accomplished such objective. After he wins the election with unexpected results that were
    predicted by no credible polling agency, he fights all efforts to
    conduct a recount in the critical states. One crucial question then is whether Trump and friends participated in such illegal conduct. If so, Trump and friends committed treason, among many other things, which, as you should know, is a serious federal crime found in the U.S. Constitution. While Trump, members of his administration and many Republican politicians (and blogging trolls) have vehemently attacked such election-stealing claims as supposed “fake news” (without providing any proof to back up their claims), every one of 17 or so different federal law enforcement agencies reached this same conclusion. In fact, even Paul Ryan recently came out and said there is no dispute regarding Russian interference in the election to help Trump. Then, seeing himself on a lonely limb, Trump eventually came out and admitted this fact of Russia’s election interference, but only reluctantly and trying to walk it back repeatedly (blaming the Chinese government or some guy in New Jersey, again without any evidence). But after he gets sworn in, he refuses to put his assets in a blind trust and blatantly uses his role as President to make money for himself and his businesses around the globe, in direct violation of the Constitution’s emolument’s provision. Again, we need to know what financial connections Trump has to Russia to know how he benefits. Just as he/they did before the election, Trump and friends strenuously dispute without qualification that they not only did not participate in Russia’s illegal activities,but that they claim to have zero contact with the Russians during a campaign. Of course, after he is sworn into office, we learn that these are all repeated lies as many, if not all, members of the Trump campaign have engaged in multiple interactions with the Russian government during the campaign including his campaign manager, his attorney general choice,his pick to head the National Security Council, his personal attorney, his son, his daughter Ivanka and now even Trump himself. Publicly, being caught in these many lies does not seem to bother Trump, as he continues to call such fake news, even after his NSC head (Flynn) resigns/gets fired by Trump for lying about his communications and his AG is caught on video lying to Congress during his nomination proceedings. Notice that I had not even mentioned yet the dossier that the credible British agent prepared that implicated Trump in many improprieties and described contacts with many of the above people, and thus has now been verified in part. And there is much more than this. So, all of your uninformed and dishonest efforts to mischaracterize the relevant Russian election-stealing issues here must be seen for what it apparently is: baseless claims designed to generate “fake news” as Trump calls it. Even various journalists from Fox News and certain Republican politicians (e.g. McCain and Grahm) understand
    the clear and present danger presented to our country by Trump and friends engaging in illegal and improper election tampering and business dealings with the Putin government. If you cannot understand this, you should not bother to express your opinion on anything important. So please take your trolling nonsense back to whatever fascist, fruitcake website you came from because nobody with a brain believes a word you say.

  20. JustAnotherComment says:

    And you’re a sore winner that doesn’t want to face that it was an election hijacked by a foreign power that will likely end in impeachment or imprisonment or both. But that’s not the question you asked, I clearly answered your question but you don’t have any other argument to make so you’re attacking me personally.

  21. JustAnotherComment says:

    You looked up “Shaking hands” and not ‘meeting’?
    Type ‘definition’ and ‘meeting’ into your browser. See definition below #2.
    You don’t even need to shake hands for it to be a meeting you just have to meet.
    (Get it? A meeting is two people who meet each other.) assembly of people, especially the members of a society or committee, for discussion or entertainment:

    synonyms: gathering · assembly · conference · congregation · convention · summit ·

    2.a coming together of two or more people, by chance or arrangement:

    synonyms: consultation · audience · interview · encounter · contact · appointment ·

  22. Moderator3 says:

    There’s a big chance that she is a troll. She’s been shown the door.

  23. evan_or says:

    Oh, there’s that Block button. Bye Felicia.

  24. brel1 says:

    John, you really got Jane’s attention on this. Any chance she’s a troll?

  25. Foltz Jane says:

    Every purported lie that turns out not to be a lie at all only guarantees the republicans more seats in two years. So please keep it up, in fact, ramp it up a little more so we can watch as your party self destructs.

  26. Foltz Jane says:

    I don’t know expert Witness how many times did you get caught in lies. It is pretty doubtful he even shook hands with that russian much less met with him. So maybe you can name some other lies like you can keep your doctor, or I didn’t know I read it the newspapers, etc.

  27. Foltz Jane says:

    No but I grew up in Clarence. I notice you spell it differently

  28. Foltz Jane says:

    I agree. I hope he meets with the Russians and work out a more cordial relation with Russia than we have had in the past. Trump may be able to get the Russians out of the Ukraine

  29. Charlie Pluckhahn says:

    You’re a sore loser who doesn’t want to face the results of last year’s election.

  30. Foltz Jane says:

    Nope. Not true. This must be a lone ranger fact that you got from friendly democrats (not many of them left so your statement has some value)

  31. Foltz Jane says:

    No I says and it is the dictionary’s rule. You can’t put the word “meeting” into the definition of “Shaking hands” . Keep trying Greta and some day someone will agree with you

  32. Foltz Jane says:

    NO the dictionary would not disagree since I actually looked it up and it said nothing about a meeting.

  33. Foltz Jane says:

    oh yeah and Pelosi and Shummer and Clinton and most other elected and appointed democrats have met the RUSSIAN. So what? You can’t be really serious right?

  34. Foltz Jane says:

    Well let’s see, he might have shook hands with the russian in the reception line and umm well he might have shook hands, isn’t that enough?? I mean the guy was RUSSIAN. We should never ever talk to the Russians because they are nuclear and we are nuclear and we should be real enemies forever and ever. Bring back the cold war we were much more safe them. Yep these democrats sure have the answers to world peace. Meanwhile lets be friends with Iran (they don’t really mean death to America, it is a catchy chant) and soon they will be nuclear and we can start a cold war with them.

  35. Foltz Jane says:

    It is ok Satan. You will meet your friends in hell and never be alone again.

  36. Foltz Jane says:

    I am getting so tired of the Russian business. No one has anything reliable but it keeps absorbing the left. I just know that in the end, the more meaningless stuff that comes out just means more seats for the republicans in two years. It just isn’t me, more and more of my democrat friends are embarrassed by it. I have never seen the progressive movement so self destructive. It could be a struggle between the progressives versus the center democrats to see who can topple Trump but it is getting so ridiculous it is almost clownish. But keep it up, its only good news for the Trump administration.

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  38. JustAnotherComment says:

    More of a nightmare, so I can see why you don’t want to face it.

  39. Charlie Pluckhahn says:

    Keep dreaming.

  40. JustAnotherComment says:

    Trump, Sessions, Manaforte, Flynn, Kushner, Page, Gordon and Conway for a start.

  41. JustAnotherComment says:

    The dictionary would disagree with you.

  42. JustAnotherComment says:

    You are missing the point and it’s a pretty clear point. I don’t see how it could be missed. After dozens of denials by Trump himself as well as spokespeople and surrogates of Trump over many months, claiming that neither Trump nor anyone associated with his campaign had met with members or representatives of the Russian government.
    Now Trump and at least 5 people associated with his campaign have been proven to have been lying. Trump has gone so far as to say he has not even met any Russians. We now know that he met a Russian, a Russian that was a member of the Russian government.
    Forget about the ‘where there’s smoke there’s fire’ argument. Just look at the fact that Trump and his people have lied at least 50 times (that’s my count so far but it’s easy to check) to the American public on just this one topic. At the very least they are out of control serial liars who think that no matter what they say or do, no matter what insult or affront they perpetrate against all of us their supporters will follow along like lemmings. Are you going to prove them right?

  43. Charlie Pluckhahn says:

    Who has “lied” about it?

  44. Greta42 says:

    Says who? Is that your rule?

  45. Greta42 says:

    She has a brand new account – you know what that usually means.

  46. Moderator4 says:

    You have said that twice now. That’s enough repetition.

  47. Modapu says:

    Shaking someone’s hand at a reception is not a meeting.

  48. clairence says:

    nice try

  49. Modapu says:

    You’re missing the point, shaking someone’s hand at a gathering is not a meeting.

  50. Modapu says:

    But adding $10 trillion to the national debt and making future American generations pay for it which Obomo did is not despicable to you. Dropping more bombs in the middle-east in 2016 than 2015 and more instability and innocent lives lost is not despicable to you, because you’re a hypocrite.

  51. clairence says:

    nusouth – is that Putin’s name for an annexed America?

  52. clairence says:

    Trump is one of my least-liked people ever, but this seems irrelevant unless there is a lot more that’s not being said. Shaking someone’s hand at a gathering is different than sitting and conversing with them, even though both activities can be described as “meeting”.

    There are so many blatantly despicable things Trump and the Republicans are doing right now to our country. Trump shaking hands with a guy should be reported, sure, but it does not warrant the breathless headlines it’s getting today.

  53. Satan says:

    Trump is a traitorous lying piece of shit. WTF is wrong with you. Go live in Russia Sherry you sound a lot like a traitor too.

  54. Satan says:

    Trump is a traitor. He and all those covering for him including Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan need to be tried for treason and executed. The Rosenbergs were traitors and were executed and they did less than these ashholes have done.

  55. Fusty says:

    What a succinct distillation of the post truth ideology.

  56. Morton Watts says:

    Why consistently lie about it? Why out of all of the staff who met with Kislyak, not one of them thought they should mention it up front? Why, when asked directly in interviews, do the staff trip over their words and only answer with deniability? If all of these meeting were benign, then why the secrecy?

  57. hello says:

    Offer facts to prove it.


  58. quax says:

    IMHO you are missing the point. As John writes, meeting the ambassador is not an issue, it’s the lying about it that is odd.

  59. Sherry Smith says:

    This is just bullshit. Another story to make Trump look evil. I hardly think shaking hands at a meeting in full public view would be considered interacting with Russians and you all damn well know it.

  60. Charlie Pluckhahn says:

    I don’t see anything newsworthy if the Russian ambassador was among a bunch of ambassadors who attended a reception. But then, I’m one of the record number of WA State voters who cast a write-in vote last year, and am therefore not in anyone’s torchlight parade about this.

  61. Lane Ranger says:

    THE GOP Members of Congress want TRUMP to take as many vacations as he can -so they can plot his demise!

  62. Internet Astronaut says:

    Bags of hammers mock you.

  63. ExpertWitness says:

    Say what? How many times does a person have to outright lie for you to develop doubts as to their trustworthiness?

  64. nusouth says:

    Even if true, this is still BS.

  65. T112598 says:

    Way to dig…
    Can’t believe Sessions can explain that meeting as business as usual for a Senator…and “not related to the campaign”, which were his excuses for lying the first time around.

  66. Niblet58 says:

    I have rugs that don’t lie like these assholes.

  67. erikgrad says:

    It’s entirely possible I’m misunderstanding the content, but please give it a look John – and great work finding the Newsmax article!

  68. erikgrad says:

    Whoa, I thought that this was one of the two disclosed meetings that have been in the news – but those were in July and September. The fact that they were both there doesn’t prove they were in discussions, but it sure merits further investigation

  69. T112598 says:

    Assume you’re looking into that link that was just removed???

  70. Demosthenes says:

    So Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III also attended? Yet another lie from him as well.

  71. Demosthenes says:

    Everything about Trump is creepy, John. He is a major league nutball.

  72. T112598 says:

    Good work!!!
    Every lie that can be proven further erodes the credibility of this corrupt admin.

  73. erikgrad says:

    The “Center for the National Interest” originally had a link to a summary of the event and full remarks, but then changed the link to a very short summary. I believe they changed it because the full summary mentions that Jeff Sessions and the Russian ambassador were attending! They didn’t bother to delete the old version of the page, which I stumbled across and is here:

    For reference, if you go through their page to click on videos/events, it links to this version:

  74. The ongoing lies regarding this issue are just downright creepy.

  75. Demosthenes says:

    So another lie from Don the Con? He lies about everything, all the time.

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