Jeff Sessions says he was advised not to mention Russian Federation meetings

  • Jeff Sessions says he was advised not to mention Russian Federation meetings

Jeff Sessions says he was advised not to mention Russian Federation meetings

Rep. John Conyers, the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee urged the panel to hold a hearing on Attorney General Jeff Sessions' contact with Russian government officials, the Washington Examiner reports.

The department said Sessions' staff relied on the guidance of the FBI investigator handling the background check, who advised that meetings with foreign dignitaries "connected with Senate activities" did not have to be reported on the form.

Latest reports reveal Attorney General Jeff Sessions had meetings with Russian officials but failed to disclose them on security clearance forms.

According to the CNN report, Sessions, met Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak a year ago for at least two times.

A spokesman for the Justice Department issued a statement Wednesday evening defending the omissions as a practical matter for a former senator who met routinely with foreign officials.

However, the attorney general was later "instructed not to list meetings with foreign dignitaries and their staff connected with his Senate activities" by the Federal Bureau of Investigation employee who handled the background check, according to a department spokesman. Last week, Rod J. Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, appointed a special counsel to investigate Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and whether Russia colluded with associates of Trump's campaign.

Lawmakers conducting their own probe continued to pressure Flynn to cooperate by raising the prospect of additional subpoenas, while Carter Page, a Trump campaign foreign policy adviser, told The Associated Press he would testify next month before the House intelligence committee.

Both chambers of Congress and the FBI are investigating whether Russian Federation interfered in the USA presidential election and whether the country colluded with the Trump campaign in order to do so.

Sessions' meetings with Kislyak have become a major political problem for the new attorney general. He had also not disclosed the meetings in an official questionnaire. "It's simple - he should not be the Attorney General", Harris tweeted.

The Washington Post reported March 1 that Sessions had two undisclosed meetings with Kislyak during the campaign, which brought Sessions into the widening Russian Federation scandal for the first time. Following the report, Sessions recused himself from the Justice Department's investigation into Russian meddling. He later amended his Senate confirmation testimony to include the two meetings with Kislyak.

Sessions' failure to report the Russian meetings on his security forms isn't a great revelation.