Attorney General Jeff Sessions is in some seriously hot water after a recent bombshell unearthed by CNN.
Both Republican and Democratic sources confided to CNN that they are inquiring into Jeff Sessions’ schedules while campaigning for then-candidate Donald Trump during the 2016 election, after news emerged that Sessions had at least one other meeting with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak while on the campaign trail that he did not disclose to federal officials.
Specifically, Congress is looking into whether or not Sessions met with Ambassador Kislyak at the Mayflower Hotel on April 27, 2016, where Trump delivered a speech laying out his foreign policy proposals. It was also learned by the network last week that Sessions didn’t disclose prior meetings with Kislyak on his SF-86 security clearance application form, despite the form explicitly asking applicants whether or not they’ve had contact with officials or representatives of foreign governments.
The lack of disclosure about meetings with the Russian ambassador has been a recurring problem for Sessions. During his initial confirmation hearings in late January, then-Senator Sessions lied to Senator Al Franken (D-Minnesota) about meeting Russian officials during the campaign, telling Sen. Franken that he didn’t have any contact with any Russian government employees during the campaign cycle:
SENATOR AL FRANKEN: “CNN just published a story alleging that the intelligence community provided documents to the president-elect last week that included information that quote, ‘Russian operatives claimed to have compromising personal and financial information about Mr. Trump.’ These documents also allegedly say quote, ‘There was a continuing exchange of information during the campaign between Trump’s surrogates and intermediaries for the Russian government.’
“Now, again, I’m telling you this as it’s coming out, so you know. But if it’s true, it’s obviously extremely serious and if there is any evidence that anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign communicated with the Russian government in the course of this campaign, what will you do?”
SENATOR JEFF SESSIONS: “Senator 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 — did not have communications with the Russians, and I’m unable to comment on it.”
After being confirmed as Attorney General, Sessions recused himself from the FBI’s probe into the Trump campaign’s ties with Russia, given his role as a Trump surrogate during the campaign.
Jamie Green is a contributor to the Resistance Report covering the Trump administration, and lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.