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Thursday, June 15, 2017

An American lobbyist for Russian interests who helped craft an important foreign policy speech for Donald Trump has confirmed that he attended two dinners hosted by Jeff Sessions during the 2016 campaign, apparently contradicting the attorney general's sworn testimony given this week. Sessions testified under oath on Tuesday that he did not believe he had any contacts with lobbyists working for Russian interests over the course of Trump's campaign. But Richard Burt, a former ambassador to Germany during the Reagan administration, who has represented Russian interests in Washington, told the Guardian that he could confirm previous media reports that stated he had contacts with Sessions at the time.

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"I did attend two dinners with groups of former Republican foreign policy officials and Senator Sessions," Burt said. ...

Several media reports published before Trump's election in November noted that Burt advised then candidate Trump on his first major foreign policy speech, a role that brought him into contact with Sessions personally.

Burt, who previously served on the advisory board of Alfa Capital Partners, a private equity fund where Russia's Alfa Bank was an investor and last year was lobbying on behalf of a pipeline company that is now controlled by Gazprom, Russia's state-controlled energy conglomerate, first told Politico in October that he had been invited to two dinners that were hosted by Sessions last summer, at the height of the presidential campaign.

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Is it a coincidence that Sessions forgot meeting with the lobbyist with ties to Alpha Bank? I found McCain's questioning of Sessions to be of interest, but I wasn't sure what he was driving at. Perhaps this was it:

Sessions, a former senator for Alabama who was chairman of the Trump campaign's national security committee, reportedly invited Burt so that he could discuss issues of national security and foreign policy.

When John McCain, the Republican senator from Arizona who is a frequent critic of Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin, asked Sessions in a hearing this week before the Senate intelligence committee about whether the attorney general had ever had "any contacts with any representative, including any American lobbyist or agent of any Russian company" during the 2016 campaign, Sessions said he did not.
"I don't believe so," Sessions said.

#1 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-06-15 03:32 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

"I don't believe so," Sessions said.

Well he also doesn't believe that marijuana has medicinal effects and that Marijuana legalization and the opioid epidemic are two completely different issues.

#2 | Posted by bocaink at 2017-06-15 04:02 PM | Reply

"Those Russians are all liars - except this one." - H8ters

#3 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2017-06-15 04:16 PM | Reply

"Those Russians are all liars - except this one"

#3 | Posted by SheepleSchism at

Well, someone's lying. Progress.

#4 | Posted by Zed at 2017-06-15 05:02 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

Richard Burt is not Russian. He is American. And he was one of the most respected foreign policy advisors working with Ronald Reagan throughout the '80s, leading up to the collapse of the USSR. From a rightwing point of view, they do not get any more credible than Richard Burt.

#5 | Posted by moder8 at 2017-06-15 06:44 PM | Reply

"Those Russians are all liars - except this one." - H8ters

#3 | Posted by SheepleSchism

He's not russian dummy.

Maybe you should read the article before you automatically jump to defend the assasination-ordering putin.

#6 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-06-15 08:05 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

My bad, I got it wrong.

Burt - American lobbyist for Russian interests - Hero
Flynn - American lobbyist for Russian interests - Bad Guy

Is that right?

#7 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2017-06-15 10:23 PM | Reply

#7 It's not about Burt being good and Flynn being bad. It's about Flynn not disclosing his work for foreign governments. And it's about Sessions' under oath testimony:

A lobbyist working on behalf of Russian interests attended two dinners hosted by then-Senator Jeff Sessions during the peak of the presidential campaign in summer 2016, the lobbyist Richard Burt told The Guardian. His claims appear to contradict Sessions' recent sworn testimony, in which Sessions said he "[didn't] believe" he had been in contact with any Russian representative "including any American lobbyist or agent of any Russian company" during Trump's presidential campaign.

Burt, an American lobbyist, has recently served on behalf of private equity firm connected with Russia's Alfa Bank, and previously lobbied for a pipeline company that that was later acquired by a Russian state-run energy company. Burt said he was invited to two dinners hosted by Sessions last summer.

www.thedailybeast.com

#8 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-06-15 11:50 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"A former senior official said Mr. Mueller's investigation was looking at money laundering by Trump associates," a source told the Times. "The suspicion is that any cooperation with Russian officials would most likely have been done in exchange for some kind of financial payoff, and that there would have been an effort to hide the payoffs, most likely by routing them through offshore banking centers."

In April, House Intelligence Committee member Rep. Mike Quigley visited Cyprus, which "has a reputation as a laundromat for the Russians who are trying to avoid sanctions."

"Sanctions are the possible motives for collusion," Quigley said at the time."

#9 | Posted by PunchyPossum at 2017-06-16 01:08 AM | Reply

and another thing, the Ruskies don't care who comes out on top, they only want to create chaos and discord.

#11 | Posted by kudzu at 2017-06-16 06:38 AM | Reply

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#11
So they will lie if needed.

#12 | Posted by Federalist at 2017-06-16 07:20 AM | Reply

And another thing, ain't it funny that we trust the most historically untrustworthy politicians on planet earth more than our own officials?

Burt is an American, who worked for Reagan. See Mod8's post #5.

#13 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-06-16 09:09 AM | Reply

It's not a matter of trusting Sessions or Burt. It's a matter of documentation. Investigators should be able to gain access to the travel itineraries, schedules, and other records that show who was where and when.

#14 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2017-06-16 05:32 PM | Reply

You can't expect Sessions to remember, well, apparently just about anything. He might be as brain dead as McCain.

#15 | Posted by mOntecOre at 2017-06-16 05:51 PM | Reply

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