Russian Ambassador At The Center Of The Sessions' Scandal Visited Obama White House 22 Times

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Michael Flynn, Jared Kushner, Carter Page and Jeff Sessions, they all have something in common: they all met the Russian ambassador in the US, Sergey Kislyak, the object of non-stop leaks via the NYT/WaPo block, and substantial headaches for the Trump administration. Who is Sergey? The following profile of the Russian career diplomat courtesy of The Hill, should help answer some of lingering questions.

Sergey Kislyak

Russia's ambassador to the U.S. has found himself thrust into the spotlight this week after the revelation that he twice spoke with Attorney General Jeff Sessions during the 2016 presidential campaign—contacts Sessions didn't mention when asked about them under oath during his confirmation hearing.

Sergey Kislyak, Moscow's soft-spoken ambassador to the U.S. who assumed his post in 2008, has gained significant notoriety following his conversations with several of President Trump's associates.

Kislyak began making headlines early last month after revelations that, despite denials, Trump's first national security adviser Michael Flynn spoke with him about sanctions before Trump took office. Flynn resigned after reports that he misled Vice President Pence about his conversations with the diplomat.

Then the The Washington Post reported Wednesday that Sessions, then an Alabama senator, spoke twice with the Russian envoy.

Sessions, who maintained Thursday he didn't speak to the Russian official in his capacity as a surrogate of Trump's campaign, announced that he would recuse himself from Department of Justice investigations involving Russia's intervention in the 2016 presidential election.

Shortly after his press conference, the New York Times reported that Kislyak had met with Trump's son-in-law and top adviser Jared Kushner, along with Flynn, in December. And USA Today reported that he had met with two other former Trump foreign policy campaign aides — J.D. Gordon and Carter Page —  in Cleveland as that city hosted the Republican National Convention last summer.

In a Thursday press conference, Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Maria Zakharova described Kislyak's frequent meetings with Trump associates as just part of his job.

"I will reveal a military secret: diplomats work, and their work consists of making contacts within their assigned country," Zakharova said. "This is written everywhere. If they do not make contacts and do not participate in talks, then they are not diplomats." 

Former U.S. ambassador to Russia John Beyrle described Kislyak as a low-profile diplomat to ABC News.

“He likes to operate behind the scenes,” Beyrle said.

“He’s a professional diplomat, not a politician. I’m sure he’s surprised to have acquired such notoriety recently. I'm sure he’s probably not enjoying his time in the limelight."

The Russian diplomat was born in 1950 and studied nuclear physics in Moscow before joining the Soviet foreign service in the 1970s.

From 1981 to 2008, Kislyak held numerous high-ranking positions within the Soviet and Russian Foreign Ministry, including his post as ambassador to Belgium and Russia's representative to NATO. His term as the Russian ambassador reportedly ends this spring.

"You're never confused about what country he's representing here ... he does it fantastically well" said former U.S. ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul, while introducing Kislyak at a lecture event in November.

McFaul described the Russian envoy as "effective and experienced," while noting that Kislyak had held "all the most important jobs in the Foreign Ministry — except one."

Trump allies' contacts with the Russian official have drawn intense scrutiny following the intelligence community's assessment that Russia spearheaded a hacking campaign to help Trump win the 2016 election.

Still, Beyrle said, "It’s frankly not odd in the least for him to have met Jeff Sessions, a senior senator on the Armed Services Committee, up on Capitol Hill ... To call him a spy is to misunderstand what a diplomat, even a Russian diplomat, does."

Kislyak has attended a number of Trump events, most recently his address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday, where he was pictured on on the House floor. An NBC News producer reported that there were nearly 100 seats reserved for the diplomatic corps. 

The Russian ambassador also attended one of Trump's foreign policy speeches in April 2016 and was slated to attend his inauguration in January, with a Russian embassy spokesman describing his invitation as common, according to The Daily Beast.

Kislyak also frequently comments on the state of relations between U.S. and Russia, urging for improvement in bilateral ties.

"The quality of the relations today is very deplorable," Kislyak said while delivering a speech at The Economic Club in January. "The quality of these relations today, in my view, is the worst after the end of the Cold War."

When asked about his conversation with Flynn, Kislyak said he was "disappointed" that they were intercepted by the U.S. intelligence, but added that he would not comment on the conversation.

"We have a policy of not commenting on our daily conversations with our interlocutors, because if everything that we discuss is going to be discussed then publicly, who is then going to be interested in talking to me?" he said.

Some Russian officials hope Trump's broader policy of friendship toward Moscow will withstand the current political storm in Washington.

A top Russian senator lauded Trump on Wednesday for not mentioning "vicious nonsense" about Russia during his speech to Congress.
 
"Trump's performance in Congress stood out due to self-restraint, balanced tone and absence of vicious nonsense toward Russia that was common for [former President] Obama," Alexey Pushkov said.

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And a final note: as The Washington Free Beacon writes, Kislyak appeared on Obama White House visitor logs at least 22 times between 2009 and 2016. The Daily Caller reported that the Kislyak appeared on the visitor logs as recently as September 2016. Kislyak had a meeting with John Holdren, one of Obama's senior advisers, as well as Marina W. Gross, Alexander Ermolaev, Alexey Lopatin, Vyacheslav Balakirev, and Sergey Sarazhinskiy.

Kislyak met with National Security Council senior official Gary Samore on weapons of mass destruction four times during Obama's first term. The ambassador also meet three times with Obama's senior adviser Robert Malley on defeating the Islamic State (IS). Kislyak also paid the visitor's office four visits.

Kislyak is listed an additional 12 times among other visitors for events like "holiday open houses" or "diplomatic corps reception." The logs were released by the Obama White House as a push for transparency in his administration.

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CPL's picture

Are the Puddle Pirates considered a Navy?  How many rowboats does a billion buy nowadays?

BlindMonkey's picture

You are thinking old school Coast Guard.

 

These days they are militarized out the ass to fight "Da War on Drugs".  

CPL's picture

So how many rowboats with a stick of dynamite does that exactly buy?

Pinto Currency's picture

Tell Vlad I'll have more flexibility after the election.

Logan 5's picture
Logan 5 (not verified) Pinto Currency Mar 3, 2017 2:22 PM

TURKEY (RUN) NECK

https://www.nps.gov/gwmp/planyourvisit/turkeyrun.htm

 

Wait! Innat how u ACCESS the road to Langley?

 

 

brianshell's picture

George Webb today day 131 mentions Kislyak. Supposed go between Obama and Iran deal, meaning Obama, Russia and Irtan are buddies. So there are two deep states. One is Pro muslim and Russia. The other is anti Russia, Islam and Obama.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5WU77bpB6Cc

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) brianshell Mar 3, 2017 5:08 PM

Obama on hot mic to Russia President

"This is my last election, so after it I can be more flexible"

Medvedev "I will transmute this message to Vladimir."

Obama also a Mexican agent.

https://the44diaries.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/cinco_dancers_steps_ck-...

 

Ghost of PartysOver's picture

I would be hilarious if he released his records of meetings with all Elected and Unelected Officials for the last 10 years.  I bet it would blow a yuge hole in all this crap.

CPL's picture

I doubt it was that well thought out, they seen an apple and decided to reach for it.  Have to remember these bunch are pretty efficient at shooting the puck in their own net.  They are pretty stupid and I wouldn't give them that much credit.  Well, unless an all you can eat feedbag was strapped to their faces.

Darktarra's picture

He looks like Sgt. Shultz from Hogan's Heroes! 

divingengineer's picture

Looks like De Nomolos from Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey!

Logan 5's picture
Logan 5 (not verified) divingengineer Mar 3, 2017 2:33 PM

Nah! He looks like the Russian Ambassador from 'THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER'

 

In fact ~ It might actually be a fake actor playing the same role

 

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-UbpH8GQw8FA/UL0NL3BD_oI/AAAAAAAAAUw/qugI3njdXM...

CPL's picture

Tubby needs another burger I think, he's looking like he missed a tenth feeding.

divingengineer's picture

They must have one hell of a food court over at the Russian Embassy. 

 

CPL's picture

Bacon wrapped lard is an acquired taste. 

Joe Davola's picture

Gotta be better for one's health than HFCS!

Off to guzzle another Mt. Dew with my lunch!

Yukon Cornholius's picture

All the vodka you can drink. That kinda girth is alcohol related.

BurningFuld's picture

It's all fun and games until you sprout a forth chin.

Ignatius's picture

This is why the ZH comments often contain more value than the articles.

Touche'

syzygysus's picture

I don't think iodine will fix that.

xythras's picture
xythras (not verified) Mar 3, 2017 12:21 PM

Maybe Sessions and Flynn were just trying to convince him to lose weight

Olympus Mons is not a Volcano's picture

Looks like he's spent too much time In USA!

Consuelo's picture

 

 

Brisket - done to perfection, anyone...?

Vardaman's picture

Only All Out Nuclear War will do!!  Deep State, man those silos!

GlassHouse101's picture

lay off the cake, comrade

ChemtrailPilot's picture

Fun fact: Kislyak sat with the Dems during Trump's Tuesday speech, and by all appearances was friendly with several of them. I think we can all agree that this is AXIOMATIC PROOF that those Dems are RUSSIAN OPERATIVES and should IMMEDIATELY RESIGN.

divingengineer's picture

Special Prosecutor.

That's what we need here. 

Pitchman's picture

“Where's The Evidence? Hillary’s Henchmen and the Awan Brothers Hack vs. MSM and Pelosi’s Russia, Russia, Russia Meme”

George Webb’s Open Source Truth, Trumps CNN's propaganda of hearsay, unnamed sources and no credible evidence.

This story potentially dwarfs Watergate!

In a 130 day investigation, this chapter about espionage at the highest level, includes everything the Russian hack does not; named sources, connections to fugitive terrorist, Congressional Documents, public and private records, evidence of money laundering (drug trafficking?) and electronic connections with Huma Abidin. Plain and simple, it is a story of citizen journalist doing the work the MSM can not and will not do.  To finish the chapter Mr. Webb is asking everyone to tweet the officials below.

https://notionalvalue.blogspot.com/2017/03/where-is-evidence-hillarys-he...

 

shovelhead's picture

That's the kind of face that could stand hacking the DNC slimepit of emails.

He probably has pictures of Debbie Wasserman Schulz's extremely woolly pattycake.

BritBob's picture

Ruskies can't be trusted.

RUSSIA has told Britain it should "clean its conscience" and give back Gibraltar and the Falkland Islands before it criticises them over their involvement in Ukraine. Moscow's ambassador to the UN, Vitaly Churkin made the shocking remarks when responding to his British counterpart Matthew Rycroft at a UN security council meeting in New York. (Daily Express 4 Feb 2017)

Do the Spanish have a claim to the Rock? Gibraltar - Some Relevant International Law: https://www.academia.edu/10575180/Gibraltar_-_Some_Relevant_Internationa...

Perhaps not.

Funny thing to say when Argentina has never legally owned the Falklands. So how can they 'be returned' ?

Falklands- Never Belonged to Argentina:

https://www.academia.edu/31111843/Falklands_Never_Belonged_to_Argentina

 

BustainMovealota's picture

This is all made up bullshit designed to distract.  We need reporting on the event this bullshit is trying (successfully) to distract the People from their focus.  Why this red herring???

artichoke's picture

Yes, like Obama's laundering government money to Hillary's campaign.  That should be pushed onto the news.  https://www.reddit.com/r/The_Donald/comments/5x7l04/wew_vlads_bombshell_...

Robert Trip's picture

This "Russian Burning Question of the Day" isn't going away any time soon.

 

 

 This is all the DemonRats and their lackeys the MSM have.

And as an aside, why did Flynn have to go?

Duc888's picture

 

 

 

Because he knew ( the russian told him) that Pence's bestest bud was on the pedo-list.  When Pence debriefed him, he did not mention it.

 

Toonces Feline's picture

Jeff Sessions should just come clean and admit that during multiple meetings, the Russian ambassador was aggressively trying to convince Sessions to give him granny's old Alabama recipe for biscuits and gravy.

 

Bill Melater's picture

I thought the idea behind an ambassorship was to exchange ideas, to talk instead of fighting ...

 

IridiumRebel's picture

Work for Obama and you can run guns and kill folks. Work for Trump and a mere conversation gets you fired.
THE RUSSIANS!!!!!

Just shoot the nukes already.

falak pema's picture

This is one Russian ambassador who was not shot like in Ankara or died of heart attack as in NY...

The guy has nine lives in these dangerous times of VX and polonium or talks to all his friends as all his enemies !

The more you talk the longer you live in the West apparently; if you be ruski ! 

I think the duck truly understands that and twitter is his way of staying live ! 

Indestructible is a gift of the gab... who'd have known dat !

BustainMovealota's picture

I want to know what Obummer meant when he told the Russian Representative, on his open mic, that he will have "more flexibility" after the election.  What did that fuking mean???  And what was that in reference?  Thats a bigger fucking scandal than any of this bullshit.  AND,,, did Obummer make good on his statement?

Harnar's picture

Funny that CNN calls the Russian Embassidor to the US a "spy" and no one calls them on it. 18 seconds in.....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4LBC74DWtB0&feature=youtu.be

BustainMovealota's picture

Nothing unusual at all,,, its all orchestrated for the sheep.  "Intelligent manipulation of the conscious mind" ---  Bernays

DaBard51's picture

Kislyak, nuclear physics, he studied, hmmm...

American diplomats, study exactly, what?

 

 

 

When nine hundred years old you become, look this good you will not.

Mike Masr's picture

American Diplomats study and learn about regime change, color revolutions and how to push the false narratives internationally.

Robert Trip's picture

Waterboard Sessions to get the truth.

It's a simple elegant solution.

Wild E Coyote's picture

I got a better idea. Lets waterboard Robert Trip. He seems to know something that others don't.