Archival footage from C-SPAN shows then Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, now Attorney General of the United States under President Trump, speaking of the importance of prosecuting Bill Clinton over alleged perjury.
Sessions is under scrutiny after it was revealed that he met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak twice last year, which he did not disclose. In fact, during his confirmation hearing, Sessions told the Senate Judiciary Committee, under oath, that he “did not have communications with the Russians” during Trump’s presidential campaign. Watch that video here.
The Washington Post reports that Sessions met with Kislyak twice last year while Sessions was a Republican senator. At the time, “Sessions was a senior member of the Armed Services Committee and serving as a top foreign political adviser to the Trump campaign,” writes the New York Daily News.
The first conversation between Sessions and Kislyak took place at the 2016 Republican National Convention. The second, according to the Post, was “a private conversation between Sessions and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak that took place in September in the senator’s office.” Sessions’ spokesman has denied that he misled congress and that Sessions did not believe that conversation was “relevant.”
The Republican-controlled House of Representatives initiated impeachment against President Bill Clinton on December 19, 1998. The proceedings were founded on two charges, one of perjury and one of obstruction of justice, with the charges stemming from Clinton’s scandals with Monica Lewinsky and Paula Jones. Clinton was subsequently acquitted of these charges by the Senate on February 12, 1999, reports the Washington Post.