Jeff Sessions may have had more meetings with Russian ambassador before Donald Trump's election

Washington: Congressional investigators are probing whether Attorney General Jefferson Sessions had an additional meeting with Russia's ambassador to the United States during the 2016 presidential campaign, a media report said.

Investigators are requesting additional information, including schedules from Sessions, a source with knowledge of the issue told CNN on Wednesday night.

File image of Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions

File image of Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions

 

They are focusing on whether such a meeting took place on 27 April, 2016, at the Mayflower Hotel, where then presidential candidate Donald Trump was delivering his first major foreign policy address.

Prior to the speech, then Senator Sessions and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak attended a small VIP reception with organisers, diplomats and others.

In addition to the Congressional investigators, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is also seeking to determine the extent of interactions the Trump campaign team may have had with Kislyak during the event as part of its broader counter-intelligence probe of alleged Russian meddling in the election.

However, neither the Congressional investigators nor the FBI have concluded whether the Mayflower private meeting took place, reports CNN.

Sessions had previously failed to disclose meetings with Russian officials.

During his confirmation hearing on 10 January, Sessions testified that he "did not have any communications with the Russians" during the campaign.

He also said in a written statement submitted to the Senate judiciary committee that he was not in contact with anyone linked to the Russian government during the election.

However, Sessions has not listed two Kislyak meetings that he disclosed in March on the security forms he submitted this year.


Published Date: Jun 01, 2017 11:35 am | Updated Date: Jun 01, 2017 11:35 am


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