Democrats trump up a ‘red scare’
Democrats (and perhaps even a politically-motivated FBI) are trying to create a mountain out of molehill when it comes to President Donald Trump and Russia.
Their latest “red scare” is aimed at U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
According to the Washington Post, “justice department officials” revealed that Sessions met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak twice before the 2016 election, but did not disclose it during his confirmation hearing.
Once again, FBI officials appear to be leaking intelligence information to the media, as retribution for Trump’s public disdain of the nation’s spy agencies.
Don’t believe the liberal hype.
“My reply to (Democratic Sen. Al) Franken was honest and correct at the time,” Sessions told reporters, at a press conference Thursday about the trumped-up allegations.
Franken asked Sessions during the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing:
“If there is any evidence that anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign communicated with the Russian government in the course of this campaign, what will you do?”
“I’m not aware of any of those activities. I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign and I did not have communications with the Russians,” replied Sessions.
During Thursday’s press conference, Sessions added that he “never had conversations with Russia about the Trump campaign.”
Further, in order to remove any doubts — and to placate Democrats’ carping about a Russia conspiracy, Sessions announced that he recused himself “from any investigations in the Trump campaign.”
In July 2016, Sessions attended an event hosted by the Heritage Foundation, during the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. About 50 ambassadors were invited to the event, including Kislyak.
After Sessions spoke at the event, “a small group of ambassadors approached him as he was leaving the podium.”
So, let me get this straight: As the Democrats would have it, it’s illegal and tantamount to treason, for American officials to talk to Russians. At the time, Trump had won the GOP nomination and then-senator Sessions was a senior member of the Senate Armed Services committee, as well as a Trump supporter. So, yes, it’s not surprising that Kislyak and other ambassadors would want to chat with Sessions.
The other meeting occurred in September 2016, when Sessions met with the Russian ambassador as part of his job serving on the Armed Services Committee. Sessions had more than 25 conversations with foreign ambassadors in 2016.
Because of Sessions’ dual role as a senator and a Trump supporter, and the fact that the federal government was investigating Russia’s hacking of the Democratic National Committee e-mail at the time, the attorney general was smart to clarify the facts at Thursday’s press conference.
But what is worrisome — on a grander scale — is this liberal witch hunt against Trump’s cabinet; one that is eerily reminiscent of McCarthyism.
On Feb. 9, 1950, Sen. Joe McCarthy gave a speech declaring that hundreds of state department officials were members of the Communist Party. Later that month, the Senate invited McCarthy to testify. His claims were unfounded as the Senate investigated 81 cases, but found nothing.
Undeterred, McCarthy accused members of the U.S. Army of being communist spies. More hearings were held, during which the lawyer representing the Army asked McCarthy, “At long last, have you no sense of decency left?”
The icing on the cake: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi declared Sessions isn’t “fit to serve,” and demanded he resign — even though she has no evidence he committed a crime.
My question is do Democrats have any decency left?