“If the memo is in fact an accurate account of what transpired, it constitutes a remarkable example of the lengths to which some on the political left, including a sitting US senator, were willing to go to stop Donald Trump.”
That pronouncement is completely accurate except for the exchange of the name contained within it.
London Times reporter Tim Sebastian was given access to Soviet archives in 1991. He came across “an arresting memorandum” composed in 1983 by Viktor Chebrikov who was the head of the KGB from December 1982 to October 1988. The memo was addressed to the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, Yuri Andropov. The subject: Senator Edward M. Kennedy.
According to Forbes, its clear Sen. Kennedy was actively and secretly collaborating with the Russians to influence the 1984 election.
Kennedy made Andropov a couple of specific offers.
First he offered to visit Moscow. “The main purpose of the meeting, according to the senator, would be to arm Soviet officials with explanations regarding problems of nuclear disarmament so they may be better prepared and more convincing during appearances in the USA.” Kennedy would help the Soviets deal with Reagan by telling them how to brush up their propaganda.
Then he offered to make it possible for Andropov to sit down for a few interviews on American television. “A direct appeal…to the American people will, without a doubt, attract a great deal of attention and interest in the country…If the proposal is recognized as worthy, then Kennedy and his friends will bring about suitable steps to have representatives of the largest television companies in the USA contact Y.V. Andropov for an invitation to Moscow for the interviews…The senator underlined the importance that this initiative should be seen as coming from the American side.”
Kennedy would make certain the networks gave Andropov air time—and that they rigged the arrangement to look like honest journalism.
Fast forward 34 years.
Bright and early this morning the 24-hour cable news outlets were going full throttle on a story alleging then-Senator Jeff Sessions while working as a top advisor and surrogate for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign spoke to Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak twice last year.
Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said Sessions had tried to “dramatically mislead” Congress and called for his resignation. He stopped just short of calling his former colleague a liar, but made it clear he thought Sessions had concealed the full truth from the Judiciary Committee at his confirmation hearing. “If there was nothing wrong” with meeting Ambassador Kislyak, Schumer asked, “Why didn’t he just come clean and tell the truth?”
During his press conference he made three demands:
- (1) A special prosecutor must be named
- (2) Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker Paul Ryan must advance legislation to “improve” the independent counsel law and to give a three-judge panel the ability to appoint a special prosecutor
- (3) The Justice Department Inspector General should immediately investigate Sessions’ involvement in the Russia matter
Liberals sat with bated breath as they watched the Academy Awards. Faye Dunaway was not the martyr the Democrats needed Sunday night and their message to working class Americans rang hollow at an event where arrogant millionaires were giving golden statues to each other.
After President Trump gave the best speech of his young presidency Tuesday night, Democrats trotted out a licensed undertaker to deliver the Democrat response to his address to the Joint Session of Congress. Undertakers are historically in charge of voter registration rolls.
Democrats are desolate.
And apparently the Rooskies hacked Sen. Claire McCaskill’s Twitter account.
I've been on the Armed Services Com for 10 years.No call or meeting w/Russian ambassador. Ever. Ambassadors call members of Foreign Rel Com.— Claire McCaskill (@clairecmc) March 2, 2017
Not so fast there, Clarabelle. Thanks to the eagle eye of Charles C. W. Cooke, he found two tweets about meetings with the very same Russian Ambassador in 2013 and 2015. What a co-inky-dink.
Off to meeting w/Russian Ambassador. Upset about the arbitrary/cruel decision to end all US adoptions,even those in process.— Claire McCaskill (@clairecmc) January 30, 2013
Today calls with British, Russian, and German Ambassadors re: Iran deal. #doingmyhomework— Claire McCaskill (@clairecmc) August 6, 2015
Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) along with Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Robert Menendez (D-NY), Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Ed Markey (D-MA) met with Jordanian Ambassador Alia Hatoug Bouran, Qatari Ambassador Jaham Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari, Saudi Deputy Political and Congressional Affairs Counselor Musab al-Saud, Turkish Ambassador Serdar Kiliç and Emirati Chargé d’Affaires Omar al-Shamsi in November 2015.
Up to 30 Senate Democrats (!) met with Russian diplomats in 2015 to help grease the skids for Obama's Iran deal. https://t.co/GhZnMhTtAd pic.twitter.com/3LPABS9sje— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) March 2, 2017
Uh oh. AG Sessions just said he visited Russia in 1991, with a church group no less. The left is going to freak.— Sean Spicier (@sean_spicier) March 2, 2017
The New York Times proudly declared, "We do not yet know all the facts, but we know enough to see that Attorney General Sessions has to go."
To which Stephen Miller, contributor to Ricochet, National Review Online and Independent Journal Review retorted:
Bold, new, hard truth, fact checking media comes to conclusion without admittedly knowing facts. https://t.co/4mlC76gEHl— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) March 2, 2017