SESSIONS REPEATEDLY FAILED TO DISCLOSE KISLYAK MEETINGS TO SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE AND FBI
June 13, 2017
During his confirmation hearing and twice in writing, Sessions has failed to fully disclose his meetings with the Russian ambassador
Jan. 10: “At his Jan. 10 Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing, Sessions was asked by Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) what he would do if he learned of any evidence that anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign communicated with the Russian government in the course of the 2016 campaign. ‘I’m not aware of any of those activities,’ he responded. He added: ‘I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign and I did not have communications with the Russians.’”
Jan. 17: “In January, Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) asked Sessions for answers to written questions. ‘Several of the President-elect’s nominees or senior advisers have Russian ties. Have you been in contact with anyone connected to any part of the Russian government about the 2016 election, either before or after election day?’ Leahy wrote. Sessions responded with one word: ‘No.’”
Sessions also failed to disclose these meetings on his security clearance application.
“Attorney General Jeff Sessions did not reveal meetings with Russian officials when he applied for his security clearance to serve as the nation’s highest-ranking law enforcement official. Sessions came under fire earlier this year for not disclosing to the Senate Judiciary Committee during his confirmation hearing that, as the senator from Alabama, he met twice with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the presidential election when he was also serving as an adviser to the president. In March, Sessions recused himself from investigations related to the 2016 presidential campaign after The Washington Post reported the two meetings. That same information was omitted from Sessions’s security clearance form, which is known as an SF-86.”