Attorney General Jeff Sessions held a press conference Thursday afternoon to clarify his response to the question Senator Al Franken asked him during his confirmation hearing, regarding any contact he had had with Russian officials.
He explained that he was only responding to the issue Senator Franken brought up, which was a breaking news story just published by CNN which he had not even been aware of yet, and it caught him slightly off-guard.
Senator Franken admitted when asking the question that since it was a newly published story, he was “not expecting” Sessions to be familiar with it.
The CNN story alleged that the intelligence community provided documents to President-elect Trump the week before that included information that “Russian operatives claimed to have compromising personal and financial information about Mr. Trump.”
Franken said the documents also alleged “there was a continuing exchange of information during the campaign between Trump’s surrogates and intermediaries for the Russian government.”
Franken asked, “If there is any evidence that anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign communicated with the Russian government in the course of this campaign, what will you do?”
Sessions responded that he wasn’t aware of any of those activities. “I have been called a surrogate a time or two in that campaign and I did not have any communications with the Russians, and I’m unable to comment on it.”
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