House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Friday that she’s never met with the current Russian ambassador, Sergey Kislyak. Her statement by proof of the picture above is proven to be false (Fake News).
“Not with this Russian ambassador, no,” Pelosi told POLITICO’s Jake Sherman and Anna Palmer during a Playbook interview, when asked whether she had ever met with the Russian envoy.
A file photo from Pelosi’s 2010 meeting shows Kislyak at the table across from Pelosi then House speaker — and Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.). Russian President Dmitriy Medvedev had been in the country for a meeting with President Barack Obama a day earlier and stopped in on Capitol Hill to meet with congressional leaders as well.
After Trump needled Pelosi on Twitter about the matter, Pelosi hit back with her own tweet and another statement from her spokesman.
No one on either side of the aisle has suggested it’s improper for lawmakers to meet with foreign diplomats. Rather, Democrats have slammed Sessions for failing to disclose those contacts, and the fact that he apparently had private meetings with the Russian envoy.
Pelosi’s explanation is similar to one offered by Sen. Claire McCaskill Thursday, after she swiped at Attorney General Jeff Sessions for privately meeting with Kislyak in 2016 and failing to disclose it when asked about communications with Russians during his confirmation proceedings in January. Sessions has emphasized that meetings with ambassadors are common for lawmakers and that he met with Kislyak in his capacity as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat, tweeted that in her 10 years on the Armed Services Committee, she had received “No call or meeting w/Russian ambassador. Ever.” “The Russian ambassador never called me. The Russian ambassador has never asked for a meeting with me,” McCaskill told reporters, adding, “you cannot say that having a one-on-one meeting with the Russian ambassador was a common thing to occur.”
But after confronted with a pair of her own tweets from 2013 and 2015 in which she described a meeting and call with Kislyak, McCaskill walked back her comment and exposed as another liberal liar.
Pelosi confronted by questions about the photo of the meeting, a Pelosi spokesman said she meant to say she never had a solo meeting with Kislyak.
Pelosi and McCaskill both used the lame excuse- “I didn’t meet one to one with the Russian,” that’s why I didn’t tell the truth. One problem with Pelosi’s argument; Sessions was with 100+ people at one of the two meetings and with 3 or 4 others at the other, similar to her dinner meeting.
I hereby demand a second investigation, after Schumer, of Pelosi for her close ties to Russia, and lying about it. https://t.co/qCDljfF3wN
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 3, 2017