Attorney General Jeff Sessions is the latest member of Trump’s administration to face growing heat over the accusation that he lied about having contact with Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign.
During last month’s confirmation hearing for the position of attorney general, Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) asked Sessions how he would handle the hypothetical situation of finding out anyone associated with Trump had contact with Russia during the campaign.
“I’m not aware of any of those activities,” Mr. Sessions answered, adding, “I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign, and I did not have communications with the Russians.”
It has now come to light that then-Sen. Sessions had at least two conversations with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, in July and September of 2016. However, Sessions claims the discussions with Kislyak had nothing to do with the Trump campaign or the election. As an acting senator, Sessions met with a total of 25 ambassadors last year.
Yesterday, under mounting pressure, Sessions held a news conference wherein he recused himself from any involvement in the ongoing investigation into a Trump-Russia connection. Now, calls for his complete resignation are being heard.
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