Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, on Thursday defended Attorney General Jeff Sessions for failing to tell a Senate panel he met with the Russian ambassador twice in 2016.

The meetings with Russian ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak were a “nothing burger,” Cruz said on MSNBC.

“He was simply doing his job,” said Cruz, who added that the political dustup is “nothing but political theater.”

A Sessions spokeswoman has said the contact between the two was simply in the former senator’s capacity as a senator and “member of the Armed Services Committee.”

Cruz added that through he has never met with the Russian ambassador as a member of the Armed Services Committee, meeting with ambassadors is part of a senator’s job.


“If the Russian ambassador had called and asked for a meeting, I imagine I’d taken the meeting,” he said, adding he’s met with “six ambassadors in the last five months.”

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