Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a former US Senator, recused himself on Thursday from investigations relating to the past presidential campaigns after being bombarded with demands from Democrats that he step down from his new position. One of his most insistent critics was Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), who demanded his resignation. While seeking to torpedo the Alabaman Sessions, McCaskill tweeted that she had “been on the Armed Services Com for 10 years. No call or meeting w/Russian ambassador. Ever. Ambassadors call members of Foreign Relations Committee. Ambassadors call members of the Foreign Relations Committee.”
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) also demanded Sessions’ resignation.
However, her claim turned out to be erroneous. Back in 2013, for instance, McCaskill tweeted about her meeting with the Russian ambassador. She tweeted, on January 30, 2013, “Off to meeting with Russian Ambassador. Upset about the arbitrary/cruel decision to end all U.S. adoptions, even those in process.” McCaskill tweeted on Jan. 30, 2013. Then, on August 6, 2015, she tweeted: “Today calls with British, Russian, and German Ambassadors re: Iran deal.” She used the #doingmyhomework hashtag.
When the discrepancy was pointed out, McCaskill blamed Twitter's character limit, while suggesting that it kept her from being specific about Thursday's tweet. McCaskill sought to diminish the importance of the 2013 and 2015 meetings with Russian diplomats.
But there was a Democrat who came to Sessions’ defense. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) told CNN,
“I’ve met with the Russian ambassador with a group, in my capacity, with a group of other senators. That’s in my official capacity. That’s nothing. That’s my job.”
Sens. Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) both sprang to Sessions’ defense. Blunt said that he had met with “at least twenty ambassadors in the last six weeks,” while averring that it is “very normal” for Sessions to have spoken to the Russian ambassador without mentioning the election.