“No call or meeting w/Russian ambassador. Ever,” the Missouri Democrat tweeted back in March.
Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), despite her claims to the contrary, attended a private black-tie reception at the home of Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in November 2015, according to CNN.
In March, McCaskill tweeted that in her 10 years serving on the Senate Armed Services Committee, she had never had a call or meeting with the 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
Almost immediately, McCaskill’s claim was fact checked and blasted as “False” by PolitiFact. McCaskill’s own tweets indicated that she had met multiple times with the Russian ambassador.
“[McCaskill] goes too far in saying she didn’t ‘ever’ have that meeting or phone call,” PolitiFact concluded.
Monday’s CNN report further contradicts McCaskill’s claim.
McCaskill was photographed at the event, honoring former Democratic Rep. James Symington, who hails from her state of Missouri and worked to promote US-Russia relations.
In an interview, McCaskill acknowledged attending the dinner, but she said she only did so because of her long-standing relationship with Symington, whom she said “kind of got me started in politics.” She claimed the 140-character limit on Twitter did not let her clarify that she never met “one-on-one” with the Russian ambassador, and added she “did not” speak with Kislyak at the reception.
McCaskill’s 140-character justification wasn’t a good enough excuse for PolitiFact, and it doesn’t hold water today, given CNN’s reporting, either. The Missouri Democrat was clearly trying to score points on Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who had also met with the Russian ambassador.
McCaskill easily could have clarified her claim in a follow up tweet but simply chose not to.
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