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An Alternative-Facts Perspective

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al_franken_0Above: A 21st century Roy Cohn

You might think that Jeff Sessions is a neoconfederate who perjured himself. But perhaps he’s a noble resister of THE NEW MCCARTHYISM:

It’s amazing how many of Sessions’s colleagues weren’t doing their jobs!

The Washington Post contacted all 26 members of the 2016 Senate Armed Services Committee to see whether any lawmakers besides Sessions met with Kislyak in 2016. Of the 20 lawmakers who responded, every senator, including Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.), said they did not meet with the Russian ambassador last year. The other lawmakers on the panel did not respond as of Wednesday evening.

“Members of the committee have not been beating a path to Kislyak’s door,” a senior Senate Armed Services Committee staffer said, citing tensions in relations with Moscow. Besides Sessions, the staffer added, “There haven’t been a ton of members who are looking to meet with Kislyak for their committee duties.”

As Berlatsky observes, what “job” Flynn had that involved meeting with Russians is even less obvious. But I’m sure it’s a complete coincidence that the first senator to meet Trump was the one who met with representatives of the Russian government, and Sessions lying about the meetings is no reason to think they weren’t innocent. Have the critics of Sessions, at long last, no sense of decency?

As a reminder, McCarthyism was a period in American history in which some people argued that it is disturbing when a consensus of the intelligence community is that a foreign state ratfucked a presidential election, and the most grave consequence was that people did not spend enough time talking about how Adlai Stevenson sucked.

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