In an interview with Politoco’s Jake Sherman and Anna Palmer last Friday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said that she had never met Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Pelosi said: “Not with this Russian ambassador, no,” when asked if she had ever met with the Ambassador.
However, a 2010 photo of then House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, at a meeting with then Russian President Dimitriy Medvedev, which clearly shows Kislyak just across the table from Pelosi.
Medvedev had a meeting with President Barack Obama prior to his entourage’s stop over on Capitol Hill to meet with congressional leaders.
When asked for a reaction from Pelosi about the photo, a spokesman said that Pelosi meant that she never had a solo meeting with Kislyak.
“Of course, that’s what she meant,” according to Pelosi’s spokesman, Drew Hammill. “She has never had a private one-on-one with him.”
Hammill further stated: “Leader Pelosi’s answer to the question today was clearly about private, one-on-one meetings, which she has never had with Ambassador Kislyak. “The Ambassador was incidental to the 2010 meeting between then-Russian President Medvedev and then-Speaker Pelosi. Clearly, one needs to remind Politico that Attorney General Sessions lied under oath about a secret meeting amidst Russia’s hacking of our election, which he also didn’t disclose in a written questionnaire.”
The Explanation of Pelosi is at the same tone as that offered by Missouri Democrat Sen. Claire McCaskill on Thursday when she said that in her 10 years on the Armed Services Committee, she had no interaction and has received “No call or meeting w/Russian ambassador. Ever.”
I've been on the Armed Services Com for 10 years.No call or meeting w/Russian ambassador. Ever. Ambassadors call members of Foreign Rel Com.
— Claire McCaskill (@clairecmc) March 2, 2017
However, when asked about her tweets from 2013 and 2015 which she had described a meeting and a call from the Russian ambassador, Sen. McCaskill defended her comments by saying that she never had a one-on-one meeting with Kislyak as opposed to Seesions predicament.
Off to meeting w/Russian Ambassador. Upset about the arbitrary/cruel decision to end all US adoptions,even those in process.
— Claire McCaskill (@clairecmc) January 30, 2013
Today calls with British, Russian, and German Ambassadors re: Iran deal. #doingmyhomework
— Claire McCaskill (@clairecmc) August 6, 2015
She also indicated that Republicans were using her tweets to distract the political turmoil that the party is facing over Session’s slanting of his interaction with the Russian ambassador on his confirmation hearing.