Last night, the Washington Post published an article suggesting that Attorney General Jeff sessions had contact with Russia’s ambassador twice, which he did not disclose during his confirmation hearing.
Sessions went on MSNBC this morning to clear his name of the rumors. ““I have not met with any Russians at any time to discuss any political campaign… And those remarks are unbelievable to me and are false, and I don’t have anything else to say about that.”
Sessions has said before he will recuse himself before any investigation. “I have said whenever it is appropriate, I will recuse myself… There’s no doubt about that.”
One of the meetings was with Segey Kislyak, during September, which is when democrats allege that the Russians were at the height of their “election hacking” scheme.
The Washington Post has more:
Then-Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) spoke twice last year with Russia’s ambassador to the United States, Justice Department officials said, encounters he did not disclose when asked about possible contacts between members of President Trump’s campaign and representatives of Moscow during Sessions’s confirmation hearing to become attorney general.
One of the meetings was a private conversation between Sessions and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak that took place in September in the senator’s office, at the height of what U.S. intelligence officials say was a Russian cyber campaign to upend the U.S. presidential race.
The previously undisclosed discussions could fuel new congressional calls for the appointment of a special counsel to investigate Russia’s alleged role in the 2016 presidential election. As attorney general, Sessions oversees the Justice Department and the FBI, which have been leading investigations into Russian meddling and any links to Trump’s associates. He has so far resisted calls to recuse himself.
At his Jan. 10 Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing, Sessions was asked by Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) what he would do if he learned of any evidence that anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign communicated with the Russian government in the course of the 2016 campaign.
“I’m not aware of any of those activities,” he responded. He added: “I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign and I did not have communications with the Russians.”