Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas (A, 97%) appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Thursday to defend Attorney General Jeff Sessions against allegations that he somehow committed wrongdoing by being in contact with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. prior to the 2016 election.
Sessions is under fire from establishment media outlets and Democrats, who have demanded he resign or recuse himself from investigations dealing with Russia.
“I think what we’re seeing is a lot of political theater,” Cruz said in response to a question involving whether Sessions was dishonest with members of Congress. “Everyone’s in high dudgeon about this meeting. This underlying meeting is a nothingburger. It’s what senators do everyday, meeting with foreign ambassadors. It’s part of the job”
“The notion that there was something somehow wrong with a senior senator of the Armed Services committee meeting with a foreign ambassador, I think that’s a nothingburger,” Cruz responded.
The Texas senator said that Sessions could have reworded his responses and been “more clear,” but, “at the end of the day, there’s no there there.”
MSNBC personality Willie Geist asked Cruz if he had any information regarding the conversations Sessions had with the Russian ambassador.
“Meeting with foreign ambassadors is part of the routine responsibilities of serving in the Senate,” Cruz responded. “I have no idea what was talked about in that meeting.”
“My understand is that Jeff met with twenty-five different ambassadors last year,” he said, adding some context to the issue.
As Conservative Review’s Rob Eno has explained, Attorney General Jeff Sessions did not appear to commit any wrongdoing nor did he break any laws by speaking with the Russian ambassador to the United States before joining the Trump administration.
Jordan Schachtel is the national security correspondent for Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @JordanSchachtel.