“Russia’s ambassador to Washington told his superiors in Moscow that he discussed campaign-related matters, including policy issues important to Moscow, with Jeff Sessions during the 2016 presidential race, contrary to public assertions by the embattled attorney general, according to current and former U.S. officials.
Ambassador Sergey Kislyak’s accounts of two conversations with Sessions — then a top foreign policy adviser to Republican candidate Donald Trump — were intercepted by U.S. spy agencies, which monitor the communications of senior Russian officials both in the United States and in Russia. Sessions initially failed to disclose his contacts with Kislyak and then said that the meetings were not about the Trump campaign.”
Speaking to an intelligence source, the Washington Post reports that the Attorney General gave “misleading” testimony about the substance and number of meetings (via electronic means or in person) with the Russian Ambassador. At his confirmation hearing and on his security clearance form, Mr. Sessions falsely stated the number of times that he met with representatives of the Russian Federation and the substance of those meetings.
In March 2017, Mr. Sessions claimed, “I never had meetings with Russian operatives or Russian intermediaries about the Trump campaign.”