WASHINGTON – In a stunning new development, it was learned today that Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak attended President Trump’s speech to Congress last Tuesday night – and that he sat with the Democrats.
When the news broke, every Democrat in both houses of Congress immediately announced his or her resignation.
Yesterday, many of those Democrats called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign when it was learned that last year, when he was a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, he met twice with the Russian ambassador.
“In view of my call for Mr. Sessions to resign, I felt that it was only fair that I hold myself to the same standard,” said former House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). “I’m nothing if not intellectually honest and consistent.”
Echoing those sentiments, former Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) said, “I was reminded today that in 2003 I was photographed having coffee and donuts with the Russian ambassador. I’m obviously no more fit to remain in office than Jeff Sessions.”
President Trump called for the Democrats to withdraw their en masse resignations and their demands for Sessions to resign.
“This whole thing has gotten way out of hand. Obviously members of Congress occasionally meet with the ambassadors of countries from around the world, including Russia, in the course of performing their duties. There’s no reason for anyone to resign, and this whole thing is just silly,” said Trump at a hastily-called press conference.
Former Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) rejected Trump’s overture. “Yesterday i called on Jeff Sessions to resign and stated that I personally had never met the Russian ambassador. Since then, my own former tweets have been displayed showing that I had, in fact, spoken with him in 2015 by phone and met with him in person in 2013. Fairness dictates that I must hold myself to the same standard I set for Mr. Sessions. My meetings with the Russian ambassador and attempt to lie about it render me unfit to remain in office.”
Special elections to fill the Democrats’ now-vacant seats will be scheduled in the near future. Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez announced that anyone who has ever met with a foreign diplomat will be disqualified from seeking his party’s nomination. Deputy Chairman Keith Ellison, a former congressman from Minnesota who joined his colleagues in resigning, added that the party will be focusing on recruiting Jewish candidates.
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) released a joint statement praising the Democrats for their show of “honor and integrity” and announcing that “in fairness” the Republicans will not field candidates to compete in the elections to fill the Democrats’ vacant seats. “If we were to contest those seats, we would be criticized by the news media,” explained McConnell.
Author: Ken Falkenstein
Ken Falkenstein brings a wealth of experience and expertise in public affairs to Committed Conservative, having worked in all three branches of the government and at every level of government, federal, state, and local. Ken served in the U.S. Army in the last years of the Cold War as a Russian linguist for military intelligence and the NSA. After leaving the Army, he earned his degree in Secondary Education from Old Dominion University, where he also wrote a popular column in the student newspaper called Ken’s Colloquium.
Upon graduation, Ken worked as a Legislative Aide to two Republican members of the Virginia House of Delegates. Ken also served as Corresponding Secretary of the Young Republican Federation of Virginia, managed several successful political campaigns, and ran governmental affairs for the Tidewater Association of Realtors.
In 1995, Ken moved to Washington to serve as a Legislative Assistant to Sen. John Warner (R-VA). While working for Sen. Warner, Ken attended law school at night, earning his J.D. cum laude from the George Mason University School of Law (n/k/a The Antonin Scalia Law School). Since that time, Ken has practiced as a civil litigation attorney, including serving for three years as an Associate City Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach, Virginia. Ken previously was a contributor to the highly-regarded political blog Bearing Drift and was a weekly co-host of The Steve Batton Radio Show.
In 2016, Ken ran unsuccessfully for the Virginia Beach School Board. Ken is also a former President of the Down Syndrome Association of Hampton Roads, and he is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Congregation Beth Chaverim in Virginia Beach.
Ken lives in Virginia Beach with his wife, Kim, and three sons, Adam, Dylan, and Joshua, who has Down syndrome and autism. Ken’s writing and activism is motivated and informed primarily by his concern for his kids’ future.