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Jeff Sessions Called For Clinton To Be Prosecuted For The Same Thing He Just Did

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Jeff Sessions, the freshly-minted attorney general of the United States, has already found himself in some seriously hot water.


According to The Washington Post, Sessions met with a top Russian diplomat in Washington, D.C., twice in 2016. That same diplomat’s interactions with former national security adviser Michael Flynn led to Flynn's firing, according to the Justice Department.

One of the meetings, The Post reported, was a private conversation between Sessions and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. The meeting allegedly happened in September, “at the height of what U.S. intelligence officials say was a Russian cyber campaign to upend the U.S. presidential race.”

Where Sessions went wrong, however, was when he categorically denied having any meeting with the Russians during his Senate confirmation hearing.

When asked by Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., what he would do if he learned of any evidence that the Trump campaign communicated with the Russian government, Sessions replied, “I’m not aware of any of those activities … I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign, and I did not have communications with the Russians.”

Since news of his unreported meetings broke, both Democrats and Republicans alike have called for Sessions to immediately resign.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., told CNN:

"Last night when I read the revelations ... and his decision to mislead Congress without those contacts, I felt a knot in the pit of my stomach. The information reported last night makes it clear, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that Attorney General Sessions cannot possibly lead an investigation ... with these revelations, he may very well become the subject of it."

Meanwhile, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said in a statement:

“Jeff Sessions lied under oath during his confirmation hearing before the Senate. Under penalty of perjury, he told the Senate Judiciary Committee, ‘I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign and I did not have communications with the Russians.’ We now know that statement is false.”

In an odd twist, it would appear Sessions agrees with Pelosi and Schumer, at least according to what he said in a televised interview in 1999 on C-SPAN, when the Senate was getting ready to vote on two charges of perjury and obstruction of justice against then-President Bill Clinton over his testimony regarding his sexual relations with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

“I am concerned about a president, under oath, being alleged to have committed perjury,” Sessions said, adding, “There are serious allegations that that occurred. And In America, in the Supreme Court, and the American people believe no one is above the law. The president has gotten himself into this fix that is very serious.”

Calls for an investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 presidential election have been ongoing. However, as The Post noted, in his role as attorney general, Sessions oversees the Justice Department and the FBI, which would, in turn, oversee any and all investigations.

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Looking back, the year 1995 seems like such an innocent time. America was in the midst of its longest streak of peace and prosperity. September 11, 2001 was six years away, and the internet didn't seem like much more than a passing fad.

Twenty-four years ago, 18 million U.S. homes had modem-equipped computers, 7 million more than the year before. Most logged in through America Online where they got their email or communicated with random strangers in chat rooms.

According to a Pew Research study that year, only 32% of those who go online say they would miss it "a lot" if no longer available.

Imagine what those poll numbers would look like if the question was asked today.

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"Late Night" host David Letterman had Microsoft founder and, at that time the richest man in the world, on his show for an interview in '95 to discuss the "the big new thing."

During the interview Letterman chided Gates about the usefulness of the new technology, comparing it to radio and tape recorders.

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The discussion ends with the two laughing over meeting like-minded people in "troubled loner chat room on the internet."

The clip brings to mind a 1994 segment on "The Today Show" where host Bryant Gumbel and Katie Couric have a similar discussion.

"What is internet anyway?" an exasperated Gumball asks. "What do you write to it like mail?"

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