Jeff Sessions Never Disclosed Meetings with Russian Envoy


Recently confirmed Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke with Russian officials twice last year, meetings he did not disclose when asked during his Senate confirmation hearings.

One of the meetings was a private conversation between Sessions and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in September in the then-senator's office, according to a Washington Post report.

The other meeting occurred following a Heritage Foundation speech Sessions gave over the summer at which several foreign ambassadors - including the Russian ambassador - approached Sessions after his remarks.

The revelation may renew calls for an FBI investigation into Sessions' Russian ties and potentially lead to allegations of perjury.

In a statement Wednesday night, Sessions said, "I never met with any Russian officials to discuss issues of the campaign. I have no idea what this allegation is about. It is false."

Sessions had more that 25 conversations with foreign ambassadors last year in his role as a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, reports the Associated Press.

On Jan. 10, Sen. Al Franken cited in Sessions' confirmation hearing documents that accused Trump campaign officials of contact with the Russian government. Franken asked Sessions, "If there is any evidence that anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign communicated with the Russian government in the course of this campaign, what would you do?”

Sessions, who was under oath, replied, “Sen. Franken, I’m not aware of any of those activities. I have been called a ‘surrogate’ at a time or two in that campaign, and I didn’t have communications with the Russians, and I’m unable to comment.”

Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi accused Sessions of "lying under oath" and demanded he resign.

Sessions is currently leading an FBI probe investigating connections between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.

"It's clearer than ever now that the attorney general cannot, in good faith, oversee an investigation at the Department of Justice and the FBI of the Trump-Russia connection, and he must recuse himself immediately," Franken said. 

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