Сенатор из Миннесоты Эл Франкен стал героем дня после того, как выяснилось, что месяц назад он умелыми вопросами пригвоздил нынешнего генпрокурора Сешнса и вынудил того врать под присягой во время сенатских слушаний.
FRANKEN: Okay. CNN has just published a story, and I'm telling you this about a news story that's just been published. I'm not expecting you to know whether or not it's true or not. But CNN just published a story alleging that the intelligence community provided documents to the president-elect last week that included information that, quote, “Russian operatives claimed to have compromising personal and financial information about Mr. Trump.” These documents also allegedly say, quote, “There was a continuing exchange of information during the campaign between Trump's surrogates and intermediaries for the Russian government.”
Now, again, I'm telling you this as it's coming out, so you know. But if it's true, it's obviously extremely serious and if there is any evidence that anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign communicated with the Russian government in the course of this campaign, what will you do?
SESSIONS: Senator Franken, 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 didn't have — did not have communications with the Russians, and I'm unable to comment on it.
В промежутке между карьерой комедийного актера и карьерой сенатора Франкен стал экспертом по правой пропаганде и республиканскому вранью и написал, в числе других, книгу Lies: And the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right (2004). На страницах книги фигурируют многие активные ныне мастера "альтернативных фактов" (Kellyanne Conway, Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson, Bill O'Reilly и т.п.)
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