The Washington Post stirred up a firestorm when they put out a story Wednesday stating that Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak twice last year.
During his confirmation hearings for the position of attorney general, Session testified under oath that he “did not have communications with the Russians.”
Sessions’ spokeswoman, Sara Isgur Flores has confirmed there were two informal incidents last year during Sessions’ capacity as a Republican senator and a member of the Armed Services Committee — not on behalf of the Trump campaign.
At the Republican National Convention in July, Sessions attended a Heritage Foundation event where about 50 ambassadors were in attendance. Kislyak was among a small group of ambassadors who came up to Sessions and spoke with him, informally.
Again, in September, Kislyak reportedly spoke on the phone with Sessions.
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In a statement made Wednesday night after the Washington Post story broke, Sessions said, “I never met with any Russian officials to discuss issues of the campaign. I have no idea what this allegation is about. It is false.”
Sessions was asked during his confirmation hearing about possible Trump campaign members having communications with the Russian government. He replied, “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 did not have communications with the Russians.”
As a senior member of the Armed Services Committee, Flores said Sessions regularly met with foreign ambassadors — it was part of his job. “There was absolutely nothing misleading about his answer,” Flores said.
General Mike Flynn stepped down as National Security Adviser after concerns were raised that he had contact with the same Russian official in December of 2016.
Democrat leaders have already started calling for Sessions’ resignation.
Nancy Pelosi tweeted out late Wednesday night, saying, “AG Sessions is not fit to serve as the top law enforcement officer of our country and must resign.”
Congressman Elijah Cummings and Senator Elizabeth Warren are calling for his resignation as well.
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) March 2, 2017
And we need Attorney General Jeff Sessions – who should have never been confirmed in the first place – to resign. We need it now.
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) March 2, 2017
H/T: The Hill
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