Earlier this year, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) claimed she never had a “call or meeting” with the Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak — “ever.” She was trying to make a point in a thinly veiled attempt to suggest a connection between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia.
"No call or meeting w/Russian ambassador. Ever. Ambassadors call members of Foreign [Relations Committee],” she tweeted.
The Democrat’s words are now coming back to bite her. On Monday, CNN reported that McCaskill actually attended a “black-tie reception” at the Russian ambassador’s home in Washington, D.C., in 2015.
McCaskill didn’t deny it either. It’s a good thing, too, because there are reportedly photos of her at the event.
McCaskill told CNN:
In an interview, McCaskill acknowledged attending the dinner, but she said she only did so because of her long-standing relationship with Symington, whom she said “kind of got me started in politics.” She claimed the 140-character limit on Twitter did not let her clarify that she never met “one-on-one” with the Russian ambassador, and added she “did not” speak with Kislyak at the reception.
McCaskill, who is one of the most vulnerable Democrats up for reelection next year, conceded she should have exercised more caution in her initial tweet.
“I should've been careful about the 140 characters and given it context,” McCaskill said. “But it's not the first or the last time my tweets will get me in trouble.”
Predictably, critics were quick to pile on, particularly given how much time Democrats have spent pushing unconfirmed rumors about President Trump and Russia.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee reportedly released the following statement:
“Claire's relationship with the Russian Ambassador highlights her problem with telling the truth. If Claire McCaskill can't be trusted to tell the truth about who she's meeting with, how can she be trusted to represent Missourians best interests?”
Looks like we're still not done talking about Russia. This time, though, the subject is the Democratic senator from Missouri.