According to a CNN exclusive, congressional investigators are currently looking into accusations that Attorney General Jeff Sessions held an undisclosed meeting with Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Per the CNN report:
“[Investigators] are focusing on whether such a meeting took place April 27, 2016, at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC, where then-candidate Donald Trump was delivering his first major foreign policy address.”
As a matter of public record, it’s well established that Sessions held at least two meetings with Kislyak. Those meetings were disclosed well after the fact–and after Sessions’ initial denials. During his confirmation hearings, then-Senator Sessions provided sworn testimony to Congress that he “did not have any communications with the Russians” during the presidential campaign.
If the CNN report is correct, Sessions stands to be on the losing end of yet another in a long series of controversies for the Trump administration.
The Attorney General has a bit of wiggle room on the issue, however, due to an equivocal answer on the issue of Russian contacts. At a press conference on March 2, when asked whether there were additional undisclosed meetings with the Russians, Sessions said, “I don’t believe so — you know, we meet a lot of people.”
In the CNN report, Republican and Democratic sources familiar with the investigation are currently pressing Sessions for additional information.
For more, see the full report from CNN here.