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McCaskill Said She Never Met Russian Envoy, But She Did

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Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri said there was no reason for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to meet with the Russian ambassador while he was the Republican senator of Alabama, but lied about her own contacts with the Russian ambassador.

"It’s clear Attorney General Sessions misled the Senate -- the question is, 'why?'” McCaskill said, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "I’ve been on the Senate Armed Services Committee for 10 years, and in that time, have had no call from, or meeting with, the Russian ambassador. Ever. That’s because ambassadors call members of Foreign Relations Committee. Attorney General Sessions should resign."

But a Twitter user pointed out that not only has McCaskill spoken with the Russian ambassador on multiple occasions, but the Missouri Democrat even tweeted about the meetings.

"Off to meeting w/Russian Ambassador," McCaskill tweeted on Jan. 30, 2013. "Upset about the arbitrary/cruel decision to end all US adoptions,even those in process."

And on Aug. 6, 2015, McCaskill tweeted: "Today calls with British, Russian, and German Ambassadors re: Iran deal. #doingmyhomework."

After McCaskill's past meetings with the Russian ambassador were reported by multiple media outlets, McCaskill clarified her statement about never "ever" meeting with the Russian ambassador.

"It was about adoptions, I didn’t, you know -- he was definitely there because we were talking about international adoptions, so -- but it didn’t have anything to do with Armed Services. And it was obviously not about the Russian ambassador, it was about adoptions," she said.

McCaskill's spokesman, John LaBombard, further differentiated McCaskill's multiple meetings with the Russian ambassador from Sessions' meetings with him.

"Attorney General Sessions met one-on-one with the Russian ambassador in the midst of a Russian cyber campaign against the U.S., and then misled the Judiciary Committee under oath about that meeting," said LaBombard. "He then tried to excuse it by saying it was part of the normal course of his Armed Services Committee work."

LaBombard continued: "Claire has never met one-on-one with the ambassador, and never received a call from him. She did attend a group meeting about adoptions with other Senators, and had a brief proactive call with the ambassador amid calls to several other parties to the Iran nuclear deal. Attorney General Sessions, on the other hand, misled the Senate under oath."

Despite misspeaking about never meeting with the Russian ambassador, McCaskill doubled down on her calls for Sessions to resign.

"As the chief law enforcement officer in this nation,he should resign," she tweeted. "He sets the example,good prosecutor knows better." 

Sources: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Diana247/Twitter, Claire McCaskill/Twitter/ Photo credit: Senator Claire McCaskill/Flickr

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