BREAKING: Jeff Sessions Contacted Russian Officials During Presidential Campaign, Justice Official Say
In a stunning turn of events, The U.S. Justice Department has revealed that then-Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) spoke twice last year with Russian officials on behalf of Donald Trump during the presidential campaign, The Washington Post reported Wednesday afternoon.
This is an extraordinary development that raises more question about Trump’s role in the Russian hack to tilt the election in his favor.
Sessions denied contacting any Russian operatives when asked about possible contacts between members of President Trump’s campaign and representatives of Moscow during his confirmation hearing to become attorney general.
According to the report, the DOJ revealed that one of the meetings was a private conversation between Sessions and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak that took place in September in the senator’s office, at the height of what U.S. intelligence officials say was a Russian cyber campaign to upend the U.S. presidential race.
The previously undisclosed discussions could fuel new congressional calls for the appointment of a special counsel to investigate Russia’s alleged role in the 2016 presidential election. As attorney general, Sessions oversees the Justice Department and the FBI, which have been leading investigations into Russian meddling and any links to Trump’s associates. He has so far resisted calls to recuse himself.
Calls for impeachment are already echoing across Capitol Hill, according to The Washington Post.