During a CNN segment on Wednesday, focused on pushing the opinion that Attorney General Jeff Sessions should recuse himself, Don Lemon was caught in a flat out lie.
“We have to remember, Loretta Lynch recused herself from any decision regarding Hillary Clinton because of that meeting of Hillary Clinton and Loretta Lynch, who was attorney general at the time, on the tarmac,” Lemon falsely asserted.
Lemon was immediately corrected by fellow CNN correspondent Dana Bash.
“Loretta Lynch, she did say she wouldn’t be involved in the decisions, but didn’t completely remove herself from the investigation, which could be an example of why [the Trump White House] potentially need to do it differently this time,” she said.
Lemon later half-admitted that he had misspoke, though he avoided mentioning his claim that the 83rd Attorney General had opted to recuse herself.
“Yeah, I may have misspoken. I meant Bill Clinton on the tarmac,” Lemon said.
Democratic lawmakers, and a the token anti-Donald Trump Republicans, have been calling for Sessions to resign over conversations that he had with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during his time in the Senate Armed Services Committee. There has been no evidence released that there were inappropriate discussions relating to the Trump campaign.
During the election season, then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch met privately with Bill Clinton on an airport tarmac during her email investigation. The move was widely decried as inappropriate, yet she did not recuse herself. Days later, the FBI announced that they would not be recommending charges against the former Secretary of State.
Instead of recusing herself, Lynch announced that she would be accepting the recommendation made by FBI Director James Comey.
Unlike Lynch, during a news conference on Thursday, Sessions explained that he has examined ethics rules and will be recusing himself from any investigation now or in the future that involves the Trump campaign.
“During the course of the last several weeks, I have met with the relevant senior career department officials to discuss whether I should recuse myself from any matters arising from the campaigns for President of the United States,” Sessions said in a statement, released during the news conference. “Having concluded those meetings today, I have decided to recuse myself from any existing or future investigations of any matters related in any way to the campaigns.”
The first conversation in question took place amidst a group of ambassadors who had approached Sessions at a Heritage Foundation event during the Republican National Convention in July 2016, and again in an office meeting on September 8 of that same year. Sessions was not working for the campaign during those times.
The Trump administration has faced criticism for referring to CNN as “very, very fake news,” but it seems as though the network is continuing their attempts to mislead the American public.