The visitor logs, which Obama made public in 2009 in a push for transparency, show that the long-time Russian ambassador to the United States visited the White House at least 22 times between 2009 and 2016.Schmuck — that is what ambassadors to the United States do. It is routine business for them to visit with members of the administration. “Oops!”
Kislyak appeared in the logs as recently as Sept. 2016 when he had a meeting scheduled with one of Obama's senior advisers, John Holdren, in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. The other visitors listed at the meeting are Marina W. Gross, Alexander Ermolaev, Alexey Lopatin, Vyacheslav Balakirev and Sergey Sarazhinskiy. Though the appointment was scheduled to begin at 12:00 pm, it does not include an end time.
What is at issue in the Trump administration is quite different:
- Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III seems to have lied to Congress, both in his oral testimony and in his committee questionnaire.
- We know that Russian intelligence illegally hacked into the email of Democrats to assist the Trump campaign. There is a legitimate question as to whether or not the Trump campaign was complicit in any way. People lie to cover things up. Why did Sessions lie?