TRUMP MEETS WITH RUSSIAN AMBASSADOR TIED TO MIKE FLYNN AND JEFF SESSIONS SCANDALS

President Donald Trump met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at the White House the day after the sacking of FBI director James Comey.

In testimony before Congress, Mr. Comey confirmed that the FBI was investigating links between the Trump campaign and Russia.

As reported by NPR, the meeting between Mr. Trump and emissaries from Russia were closed to the press but members of Russian media were able to take photos of the President and Russian officials.

In one striking photo, Mr. Trump effusively shakes the hand of Sergei Kislyak, the Russian ambassador behind the scandal that resulted in ex-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s firing and the possible self-perjuring of Jeff Sessions before the Senate.

Following President Obama’s imposition new sanctions against Russia, Ambassador Kislyak spoke with Mr. Flynn a number of times about the issue. Mr. Flynn then lied the nature of these discussions which resulted in his subsequent firing and investigations by the Department of Justice. Sally Yates concluded that Mr. Flynn was a prime target of Russian blackmail.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions met with the Russian Ambassador as well, a meeting that he concealed while testifying before the U.S. Senate during his confirmation hearings.

The firing of James Comey supposedly caught Russia’s foreign minister off-guard:

When a reporter asked whether the dismissal has “cast a shadow” over their talks, Lavrov stopped and seemed to look genuinely quizzical when he responded, “Was he fired?” — but then adopted a deadpan tone as he told the reporter, “You are kidding, you are kidding,” noted NPR.

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