Congress Probing Another Sessions Meeting With Russians
Congress is seeking more information from Attorney General Jeff Sessions regarding a possible private meeting last year with the Russian ambassador at a Washington hotel during the campaign, according to reports Wednesday.
Investigators have requested schedules and other data from Sessions regarding a meeting April 27, 2016, at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, CNN reported.
The report quoted “a source with knowledge” of the inquiry.
President Donald Trump had delivered his first major foreign policy speech as the Republican candidate at the hotel that day.
Sessions, an early Trump supporter, was Alabama’s GOP senator at the time.
Before the speech, Sessions and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak attended a small reception with organizers, diplomats and others, CNN reported.
However, investigators have not yet concluded “whether a private meeting took place – and acknowledge that it is possible any additional meeting was incidental,” according to the report.
“The Department of Justice appointed special counsel to assume responsibility for this matter,” Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores told CNN in a statement, referring to former FBI Director Robert Mueller. “We will allow him to do his job.
“It is unfortunate that anonymous sources whose credibility will never face public scrutiny are continuously trying to hinder that process by peddling false stories to the mainstream media,” she said. “The facts haven’t changed; the then-Senator did not have any private or side conversations with any Russian officials at the Mayflower Hotel.”
During his Senate confirmation hearings, Sessions did not disclose his Russian meetings – and he later recused himself from the FBI’s probe of Moscow’s activities during last year’s election.
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