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It turns out House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi also met the Russian ambassador and then denied it, but she insisted Sunday that her situation is “completely different” from that of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, reported The Washington Times (US).
Ms. Pelosi found herself compared to Mr. Sessions after a 2010 photo making the rounds Friday showed her at a dinner table across from Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, shortly after she said denied meeting with him during a Politico Playbook session.
“We were meeting with the president of Russia. He brought an entourage in with him. He [then-President Dmitry Medvedev] was the one who was doing the talking,” Ms. Pelosi said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
“The question was, ‘Have you met with him?’ No, I haven’t met with him; I met with the president of Russia. Who else is in his entourage, who knows? Presidents, heads of states come in, they bring their party, they barely even introduce them,” Ms. Pelosi said. “This is completely, completely different.”
The top House Democrat called last week for Mr. Sessions to resign for saying at his Jan. 10 confirmation hearing that he “did not have communications” with Russian officials during the campaign. It was reported later that he met twice in 2016 with Mr. Kislyak.
President Trump has responded by needling Democrats about their meetings with Russian officials, first by posting on Friday a 2003 photo of Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer eating doughnuts at Krispy Kreme with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“A total hypocrite!” Mr. Trump said in a tweet.
The president also tweeted the photo of Ms. Pelosi and Mr. Kislyak at the dinner with the message, “I hereby demand a second investigation, after Schumer, of Pelosi for her close ties to Russia, and lying about it.”
Asked Friday during the Politico Playbook interview if she had met with the Russian ambassador, Ms. Pelosi said, “Not with this Russian ambassador, no.”
Mr. Sessions insisted Thursday that he never met with Russian officials to discuss the campaign, calling such allegations “totally false,” but acknowledged that he “should have slowed down and said, ‘But I did meet one Russian official a couple of times,’ and that would be the ambassador.”
He also said he would send a letter clarifying his testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee, as well as recuse himself from a federal investigation into Moscow meddling with the 2016 election.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Friday that she's never met with the current Russian ambassador, Sergey Kislyak, reported Politico (US).
"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.
But a file photo from Pelosi's 2010 meeting with Russian President Dmitriy Medvedev shows Kislyak at the table across from Pelosi — then House speaker — and Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.). 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.
Asked to square Pelosi's comments with the photo of the meeting, a spokesman said Pelosi simply meant she never had a solo meeting with Kislyak.
"Of course, that's what she meant," said the spokesman, Drew Hammill. "She has never had a private one-on-one with him."
After Trump needled Pelosi on Twitter about the matter, Pelosi hit back with her own tweet and another statement from her spokesman.
“Leader Pelosi’s answer to the question today was clearly about private, one-on-one meetings, which she has never had with Ambassador Kislyak," Hammill said. "The Ambassador was incidental to the 2010 meeting between then-Russian President Medvedev and then-Speaker Pelosi. Clearly, one needs to remind Politico that Attorney General Sessions lied under oath about a secret meeting amidst Russia’s hacking of our election, which he also didn’t disclose in a written questionnaire.”
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