You may remember the name Sergey Kislyak. He is the former Russian Ambassador that was at the center of the alleged ties between Russia and the Donald Trump for President campaign. Kislyak has now made a statement about the Trump/Russia scandal that raised some eyebrows.
We already know that Kislyak secretly met with Donald Trump, Jeff Sessions, Jared Kushner, and several other Trump advisers during time periods that cover Trump campaign, as well as the the transition period. That part isn’t really up for debate anymore.
One question that has certainly crossed most of our minds (and undoubtedly Robert Mueller’s) is just how many people from Trump’s circle did Kislyak meet with?
Kislyak was asked this very question during an interview on Russian state-owned television. CNBC reported him saying that it would take him “twenty minutes” to name all of the Trump officials he met with.
When asked to name names: “First, I’m never going to do that,” he said. “And second, the list is so long that I’m not going to be able to go through it in 20 minutes.”
This is stunning for two reasons: 1) The fact that there were so many involved, and 2) the fact that he’s now admitting publicly to the meetings.
Bill Palmer points out two plausible explanations for the confession.
There are really only two plausible explanations for why Kislyak would appear on state-owned Russian television and admit this kind of thing. The first is that, for reasons known only to him, Kislyak is doing this against Vladimir Putin’s will – in which case he’ll probably turn up dead soon. The second and seemingly more likely explanation is that Putin instructed Kislyak to go on television and say this. That would mean that Putin truly has decided to put the screws to Trump, as punishment for Trump’s failure to get the U.S. government to ease sanctions on Russia.
Make of it what you will, but this isn’t a good look during Robert Mueller’s investigation.