From Russia with love

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And now it’s Attorney General Jeff Sessions. He’s the latest member of Trump’s inner circle to be to caught having lied about contacts with the Russian government during the presidential campaign.

The Washington Post reported late last night that Sessions met twice with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak while Sessions was a top foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign and frequent surrogate.

NPR has confirmed the Post’s report, and Sessions’ spokesperson has acknowledged the meetings but denies that he had done anything improper.

But let’s be clear here. In his Senate confirmation hearing, Sessions denied under oath knowing about any contacts between anyone connected to the Trump campaign and the Russian government, including himself. Watch his exchange with Sen. Al Franken here:

Lying to Congress, while under oath, is a criminal offense. Democrats have been quick to point this out.

So the Russia-related hits keep coming. First National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was forced to resign after it was revealed that he had lied to Vice President Mike Pence about his own contacts with the Russian ambassador. Now the heat is on Sessions.

At what point will Trump himself be personally implicated? That’s still unclear.

But, if you want to know why Russia intervened in the 2016 presidential election, what they hoped to accomplish and the motivations behind it, there’s no better place to start than this brilliant cover story from The New Yorker

Meanwhile, remember this?