At 2:30 p.m., Attorney General Jeff Sessions will face the Senate Intelligence Committee in an open hearing, where senators will grill their former colleague about his contacts with the Russian ambassador.
The broadcast networks plan to break into daytime programming with special reports, with Lester Holt anchoring on NBC and George Stephanopoulos on ABC.
Scoopage by Axios’ Jonathan Swan … Here’s how Sessions will address some thorny questions, according to sources familiar with his thinking:
- Sessions will say he did not meet privately with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak at the Mayflower Hotel in April 2016.
- In his closed session with senators last week, former FBI director James Comey reportedly told them about classified intelligence that suggested an undisclosed meeting between the two men at this event.
- A source close to Sessions tells me the Attorney General was at the event but doesn’t recall any interaction with Kislyak and certainly didn’t peel off for a private meeting.
- You should also expect Sessions to cast doubt over this intelligence, given that it was apparently intercepted communications with Moscow. Sessions may frame such communications as exaggerated or outright fallacious.
- Sessions will say he didn’t initially disclose his original meeting during the campaign with Kislyak because he was following instructions.
- Sessions will dispute James Comey’s characterization of a conversation the two men had in February. This is a big deal, as Comey gave his account under oath.
Wildcard … A Washington legend emails me this speculation: “Would not be surprised to see a counterattack. As was vividly seen in the campaign, Trump knows that golf, and much else such as the real estate world and politics, is a game of recovery. When you are deep in the woods, you try to find a miracle shot.”
Original article at Bill O’Reilly