Letter: Jeff Sessions deserve context

In this March 6, 2017 file photo, Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

A recent cartoon on this page portrayed U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s answer to a question at his confirmation as not truthful. His (inferred) answer was “Oh! That Russian Guy.” This suggests that he lied.

 

However, the actual question asked was based on a New York Times story published just before his senate hearing on Feb. 14. Sen. Al Franken stated: “These documents also allegedly say, ‘There was a continuing exchange of information during the campaign between Trump’s surrogates and intermediaries for the Russian government.’ Now, again, I’m telling you this as it’s coming out, so you know. But if it’s true, it’s obviously extremely serious, and 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?”

Sessions replied: “Sen. Franken, 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 didn’t have - did not have communications with the Russians, and I’m unable to comment on it.”

The question was about “a continuing exchange of information” and Sessions answered, “I’m not aware of any of those activities.” His answer was the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Franken did not ask about any senatorial contacts with the Russian ambassador, which he has now clarified occurred on two occasions. There are no named sources or identified Trump surrogates listed in the New York Times article.

It is distressing that published articles are based on a gross distortion of facts. Unfortunately, it is not surprising that this occurred in view of the ongoing anti-conservative bias in our local paper.

John Wojakowski, Topeka

 

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