Dem Rep. Ted Lieu Slams Sessions for Russia Jokes: He ‘Still Doesn’t Get It’

Congressman Ted Lieu slammed Attorney General Jeff Sessions for joking about whether there were Russians in the room during a speech today. As Sessions started to address the Federalist Society, he asked, “Is Ambassador Kislyak in the room?… Before I get started here. Any Russians? Um, anybody been to Russia? Got a cousin in Russia or something?” Lieu initially took to Twitter to say this: On CNN earlier tonight, Wolf Blitzer played the clip and asked, “Was that appropriate?” “Not at all,” Lieu said. “Jeff Sessions still doesn’t get Continue reading "Dem Rep. Ted Lieu Slams Sessions for Russia Jokes: He ‘Still Doesn’t Get It’"

WATCH: Jeff Sessions Asks If There Are ‘Any Russians’ in the Room Before Speech

Days after taking questions about inconsistencies in his statements about past contacts with Russians, Attorney General Jeff Sessions made light of the issue with a few jokes before his Federalist Society speech today. Before Sessions delivered his speech, he started out with some questions:
“Is Ambassador Kislyak in the room?… Before I get started here. Any Russians? Um, anybody been to Russia? Got a cousin in Russia or something?”
Democrats this week confronted Sessions about those Russian contacts, with one congressman accusing him of lying. Watch above, via C-SPAN. [image via screengrab] — — Follow Josh Feldman on Twitter: @feldmaniac

CNN Hosts Grill Ted Lieu Over His Trump Name-Calling: ‘Is That a Grown-Up Thing To Do?’

In response to Congressman Ted Lieu of California calling Attorney General Jeff Sessions names and bashing him on Twitter with a number of insults, CNN hosts John Berman and Poppy Harlow grilled the lawmaker on whether that was really “a grown up thing to do.” Lieu defended his name-calling and questionable behavior during Session’s House Judiciary Committee testimony with the following:
“Because he lied to the US Senate — after he made his statement, evidence came out later [his statements] were in fact false. And by the way, I’m using words that the president of the United States uses on his Continue reading "CNN Hosts Grill Ted Lieu Over His Trump Name-Calling: ‘Is That a Grown-Up Thing To Do?’"

Sean Hannity One-Ups Louie Gohmert With His Own Massive Six-Part Clinton Conspiracy Chart

Sean Hannity may have found some inspiration from watching AG Jeff Sessions‘ hearing on Capitol Hill. Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-TX) caught the attention of many when he presented a conspiracy chart laying out all the scandals from the Obama administration from Benghazi, the IRS scandal, and Fast & Furious to Hillary Clinton‘s email scandal and Uranium One. It was widely mocked on Twitter. It is unclear if the Fox News host already had one made before Gohmert unveiled his this afternoon, but he kicked off his show with a six-part conspiracy chart of his own which he called the “web of corruption” that focused on the numerous scandals surrounding Clinton. Hannity first addressed the controversy surrounding the Uranium One deal and the alleged pay-to-play that took place between Russian officials and the Clinton Foundation. He then presented the chart of the email scandal that included former FBI Director Continue reading "Sean Hannity One-Ups Louie Gohmert With His Own Massive Six-Part Clinton Conspiracy Chart"

Anderson Cooper Calls Out Sessions’ ‘Selective Memory When It Comes to Contact with Russia’

CNN’s Anderson Cooper opened tonight by calling out Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his “selective memory when it comes to contact with Russia.” Sessions said today he has never lied and “to the best of my memory” has answered all the questions he could to the best of his ability. But Cooper said, “That memory of his seems non-existent in a lot of places, very specific in others.” He brought up Sessions’ past claims and his statement today that he “had no recollection” of meeting George Papadopoulos, before showing other times Sessions said “I don’t recall.” Watch above, via Continue reading "Anderson Cooper Calls Out Sessions’ ‘Selective Memory When It Comes to Contact with Russia’"

David Frum: Fox News Keeps Pumping ‘Legal Fantasies’ Into Trump’s Head

In covering the push for a second special counsel to look into Hillary Clinton and Uranium One, MSNBC’s Ari Melber brought up the “media propaganda roots of this particular theory.” He noted Sessions’ past recusal and goes, “IF Jeff Sessions is not involved in this, does that mean someone else at the DOJ right now is pushing this Obama Uranium review to mollify President Trump or, I don’t know, President Hannity, or somebody else’s political agenda?” As the panel discussion went on, Melber asked David Frum about “the role of Fox News and other entities” in pushing for a Clinton investigation. “Every day,” Frum said, “Fox, which has this direct line to the President’s brain, is… appealing to his sense of victimhood, appealing to his sense of aggrievement, and giving him these legal fantasies.” Watch above, via MSNBC. [image via screengrab] — — Follow Josh Continue reading "David Frum: Fox News Keeps Pumping ‘Legal Fantasies’ Into Trump’s Head"

Sessions Lashes Out After Dem Rep. Ted Lieu Accuses Him of Lying About Russian Contacts

Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ testimony before the House Judiciary Committee today has been chock-full of testy exchanges between the attorney general and members of Congress. Following several hours of questioning, the tension was palpable when it was time for Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) to grill Sessions. And things boiled over by the time Lieu was done. For several minutes, Lieu — an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump — peppered Sessions with questions about perjury and whether he lied on any security forms or under oath. This led to the California lawmaker bringing up Sessions’ meeting with the Russian ambassador during the 2016 election and the attorney general’s previous testimony that he had no Russian contacts during the campaign. “You did have communications with the Russians last year, isn’t that right? Just yes or no,” Lieu stated. Sessions responded, “I had a meeting with the Russian ambassador, yes.” “That’s Continue reading "Sessions Lashes Out After Dem Rep. Ted Lieu Accuses Him of Lying About Russian Contacts"