A story that was big among the Trump Hysteria media has now quietly been corrected. Of course, the correction has not been given nearly the attention that the original story did. The story itself may have been one of the drivers behind Jeff Sessions recusing himself from the “Russia Investigation.” His recusal put the decision to hire or not hire a special council into the hands of a Democratic operative, Rod Rosenstein, who promptly hired another Democratic operatic, Robert Mueller, to conduct the “Russia Investigation.” Mueller then hired a team of Hillary Clinton operatives to help him in that investigation.
The story accused Jeff Sessions of lying to the FBI about meetings with the Russians, lying through omission, but, as it turned out, there was no requirement whatsoever for Sessions to disclose the information he chose not to disclose.
CNN has gently walked back a report from earlier this year that faulted Attorney General Jeff Sessions for failing to reveal meetings he had with Russian officials when he applied for his security clearance – a disclosure he wasn’t required to make.
CNN reported last May that Sessions didn’t disclose meetings he had with a Russian ambassador when he was a senator. The mainstream media was all over the story and significant airtime was spent portraying Sessions as shady and dishonest. In addition to embarrassing Sessions, the storyline also fed the narrative that the Trump administration colluded with Russia during the election.
The splashy headline on CNN’s website said, “First on CNN: AG Sessions did not disclose Russia meetings in security clearance form, DOJ says.” CNN’s story claimed the incident was “the latest example of Sessions failing to disclose contacts he had with Russian officials.” Roughly six months later, the network has admitted that the entire report was essentially meaningless.
“A newly released document shows that the FBI told an aide to Attorney General Jeff Sessions that Sessions wasn’t required to disclose foreign contacts that occurred in the course of carrying out his government duties when he was a senator,” CNN’s Evan Perez wrote on Monday.
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