There have been ongoing claims and allegations that President Trump and his administration, as well as his campaign have had conversations and interactions with top Russian officials. With email leaks of the Clinton campaign and DNC potentially being leaked to the Russian government, questions of this involvement have been important and ongoing, especially since November’s election.
Interestingly now, it has been revealed that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had met with the Russian Ambassador twice during the course of campaign, albeit in his official capacity as a United States Senator on the Senate Armed Services Committee. Nonetheless, the new revelation has sparked more claims of Russian interference in the election.
Although these conversations did take place in his role as Senator, it is raising questions, largely based upon his answers under oath during his confirmation hearings. Senator Al Franken (D-MN) asked Sessions about potential conflicts and interactions between the Trump campaign and Russian officials.
Franken asked, “Now, again, I’m telling you this as it’s coming out, so you know. But if it’s true, it’s obviously extremely serious and if there is any evidence that anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign communicated with the Russian government in the course of this campaign, what will you do?”
Sessions responded by stating,
“Senator Franken, I’m not aware of any of those activities. I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign and I didn’t have — did not have communications with the Russians, and I’m unable to comment on it.”
Although it may appear that Sessions did not tell the truth to the Senate committee, it is unclear exactly what he was specifically answering. Franken’s question was worded in such a way where he asks about the “Trump campaign” communication with the Russian government, which Sessions never did on the Trump campaign.
The interactions between Sessions and the Russian Ambassador were planned events with multiple ambassadors and not as an official of the Trump campaign.
Nonetheless, Sessions has now recused himself from any ongoing investigations regarding President Trump with potential ties to the Russian government. This is something which is certainly not legally required, but is definitely a good idea to do with the ongoing questions.
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