Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak has been the subject of much controversy in the early weeks of Donald Trump’s presidency.
Specifically, the controversy surrounds which members of Trump’s fledgling administration met with the ambassador either during the campaign or the transition period, and whether or not they disclosed the reasons for those meetings (if they even acknowledged that they occurred).
Among those stung by the allegations of Russian ties:
- now former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn
- Attorney General and former Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions
- former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort
- President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner
While many Democrats have attempted to drum up concern over those meetings — some alleged and some confirmed — a number of them have been stung in the process as well.
Democratic lawmakers who met with Russian Ambassador. pic.twitter.com/NEmwYLa790
— Fox News (@FoxNews) March 3, 2017
Fox News commentator Brit Hume noted that the list was missing at least one:
The last time I was in the Senate dining room, Feinstein was having lunch with the Russsian amb. I never gave it a second thought. https://t.co/azR0M5LrkK
— Brit Hume (@brithume) March 2, 2017
Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) claimed that she had never met Kislyak — until the internet came forward with a helpful history lesson.
But then BizPacReview reported that the embattled Russian Ambassador had, in fact, been present at Donald Trump’s February 28 address before a joint session of Congress.
And they noted that Kislyak, despite his alleged ties to so many within the Trump administration, seemed comfortable in his seat among the Democrats …
That's Russian ambassador sitting with democrats during President Trump's speech Tuesday. Draw your own conclusions pic.twitter.com/fOewsxbBCI
— Scott Baio (@ScottBaio) March 3, 2017
In spite of all that, Democrats continue to focus their attention on a brief, public exchange between then Senator Jeff Sessions and Kislyak at a speaking event held at the same time as the Republican National Convention, and a meeting in his office witnessed by two U.S. senior staff members — one of thirty meetings the former Senator held on Capitol Hill.
Update: This article previously included a tweet from @Ten_GOP, an account which has since been suspended. The tweet has been removed.