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Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak on two occasions during the presidential election last year despite testifying before the Senate that he had not had any contact with Russian officials during the campaign.

The former Alabama senator and then-foreign policy adviser to Trump first talked with Kislyak in July following an event at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. A small group of ambassadors had approached Sessions after the event and Kislyak spoke individually with Sessions at that time. Then in September, Kislyhak met Sessions at his office on Capitol Hill.

Intelligence has been leaked to the media throughout the transition period and in Trump’s first month and a half in office that his team communicated with Russia during the campaign. As the top attorney, Sessions’ Justice Department would oversee an investigation into the charges. His two newly discovered contacts with Russia’s diplomat to the U.S. could strengthen calls for a special prosecutor.

During his confirmation, Sessions told his former colleagues, “I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign and I did not have communications with the Russians.”

Justice officials added that Sessions did not believe his conversations with Kislyak were relevant to the committee because he met about senatorial issues, not campaign ones.

“There was absolutely nothing misleading about his answer,” Sarah Isgur Flores, Sessions’s spokeswoman, told the Washington Post.


The Post spoke with 19 of the Senate Armed Services Committee’s 26 members, of which Sessions was one. None of the senators who returned their requests for comment said they had met with Kislyak in 2016.



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