Thursday, March 02, 2017

WaPo: AG Sessions TWICE spoke with Russian ambassador during election, didn't disclose under oath (jen Hayden) · Wednesday, March 01, 2017, 10:22 pm

If there was any doubt whatsoever that Attorney General Jeff Sessions should recuse himself immediately from the investigation into whether the Trump campaign and Russian officials had any contact or agreements, those have completely evaporated with this news:

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.

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