By Dani Graham
While Attorney General Jeff Sessions was still a Senator and Trump adviser he had two confirmed meetings with the Russian ambassador, Sergey Kislyak, to the United States.
The meetings between Kislyak and Session’s occurred in July and September. The first was on the sidelines of the GOP National Convention while the latter was a private meeting in Session’s office.
During the Attorney General’s confirmation hearing he did not disclose these meetings even though he was asked directly by Senator Al Franken if he had any contact with anyone from the Russian government.
In a statement the Justice Department’s spokesperson, Sarah Isgur Flores said that Session’s did not meet in the Kislyak as a Trump advisor but rather as a member Senate Armed Services Committee.
Flores said, “He was asked during the hearing about communications between Russia and the Trump campaign — not about meetings he took as a senator and a member of the Armed Services Committee,”.
It is not unusual for members of the Armed Intelligence Committee to meet with foreign ambassador’s, however, all of the other 19 members who have been contacted so far have confirmed that they didn’t have any contact with the Russian ambassador during the presidential election. These members stated they avoided any such contact due to the ongoing investigation into the Russian cyber attacks during the election.
Session’s is now the second senior member of the Trump administration to have had confirmed contact with the Russian Ambassador who also happens to be one of the top 5 Russian spy’s and recruiters.
On February 13, 2017, Michael Flynn resigned as National Security Advisor to the Trump administration after it was discovered that he had met with Kislyak and specifically talked about Russian sanctions prior to Trump’s inauguration.
Some members on Capitol Hill have been asking Session’s to recuse himself from the investigation into the alleged Russian involvement in the elections of which he has refused. In the midst of this new information, some lawmakers are calling for AG Session’s, the top law enforcement officer, to resign.