Attorney General Jeff Sessions was already on thin ice with President Trump for recusing himself from the Russia investigation earlier this year. He’s going to be in even more trouble now, though.
It was revealed that he discussed issues related to the Trump campaign when he met with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak last year.
According to The Washington Post, Kislyak told his superiors that he and Sessions discussed campaign-related matters, including policy issues important to Moscow, during their meeting.
This statement from Kislyak, which was intercepted by U.S. spy agencies that monitor communications between senior Russian officials in the U.S. and Russia, contradicts Sessions, who originally denied meeting with Kislyak or any other Russian operatives, then backtracked and tried to say that he did not understand the question.
One of the U.S. officials who read Kislyak’s accounts has said that Sessions provided “misleading” statements that are “contradicted by other evidence.”
A former official also said that the intelligence reports show that Sessions and Kislyak had “substantive” discussions about Trump’s positions on Russia-related issues and prospects for U.S.-Russia relations in Trump’s administration.
WaPo pointed out in its report that the discrepancy between the intelligence reports and Sessions’ testimony “could pose new problems for Sessions at a time when his position in the administration appears increasingly tenuous.”
The officials who shared the news about Kislyak’s reports acknowledged that the ambassador “could have mischaracterized or exaggerated the nature of his interactions.” However, they have also said that Kislyak “has a reputation for accurately relaying details about his interactions with officials in Washington.”
Sarah Isgur Flores, a Justice Department spokeswoman, has already issued a statement about WaPo‘s story and said that she can’t comment on the reliability of the anonymous U.S. officials.
‘Obviously, I cannot comment on the reliability of what anonymous sources describe in a wholly uncorroborated intelligence intercept that the Washington Post has not seen and that has not been provided to me.’
Flores also said that Sessions did not discuss interference in the election when he met with Kislyak.
A report about the new information on Sessions can be seen below, courtesy of The Washington Post.
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