Sessions Met With Russia's Ambassador A Day After Meeting With Ukraine's
- Author: Carolyn Briggs Mar 03, 2017,
Mar 03, 2017, 4:23
Mr. Trump also said that he "wasn't aware" that Mr. Sessions had met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the campaign.
But Sessions did not disclose his meetings with the Russian envoy despite being asked about it specifically.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions had two conversations with the Russian ambassador to the United States during the presidential campaign, the Justice Department said Wednesday night.
Sessions said in a statement Wednesday he "never met with any Russian officials to discuss issues of the campaign".
The other encounter was in July at a Heritage Foundation event that was attended by about 50 ambassadors, during the Republican National Convention, the Post said.
Republican, Representative Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, said on Twitter "AG Sessions should clarify his testimony and recuse himself".
"After lying under oath to Congress about his own communications with the Russians, the Attorney General must resign", House minority leader Nancy Pelosi said in a statement.
Mr Trump has accused officials in former Democratic President Barack Obama's administration of trying to discredit him.
Allegations over contacts between Trump aides and Russia before his inauguration, and the charge of Russian meddling, have swirled around the early days of Trump's presidency.
But Sessions, who was a long-time USA senator before becoming the country's top law enforcement official, said he did nothing wrong when he did not disclose during Senate testimony that he had met a year ago with Russia's ambassador.
That McCaskill or Sessions would have met with Kislyak is entirely unsurprising.
By Thursday morning, key Republicans began to question whether Sessions could impartially oversee the Justice Department's probe into Russia's interference in the 2016 election.
Fox News reported that Sessions' schedules showed those two meetings and others with almost 30 ambassadors from various nations between April 14 and November 11.
During his confirmation hearing as attorney general in January, Sessions was asked what he would do if he found evidence of contacts between Trump campaign officials and Russian Federation.
Mr Sessions, a former USA senator, received Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak in his office in September, the Washington Post reported.