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US Attorney General Sessions met Russian ambassador twice during Trump's campaign

| Updated: Mar 02, 2017 16:34 IST

New York [U.S.A.], Mar. 2 (ANI): President Donald Trump's Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke twice with the Russian ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak during former's presidential campaign, according to CNN. Sessions did not mention either meeting, during his confirmation hearings when he said he knew of no contacts between Trump surrogates and Russians. A Justice official said Sessions didn't mislead senators during his confirmation. Kislyak, the Russian ambassador, is considered to be one of Russia's top spies and spy-recruiters in Washington by the U.S. intelligence. Sessions met with Kislyak twice in Washington, in July on the sidelines of the Republican convention, and in September in his office when Sessions was a member of the Senate Armed Services committee. Sessions was an early Trump backer and regular surrogate for him as a candidate. Sessions, a former senator from Alabama, who was among Trump's early and most vocal surrogates on the campaign trail, did not disclose the conversations when asked during his Senate confirmation hearing in early 2017 about possible contacts between Trump's campaign and Moscow. It was communications with Kislyak that led to the firing of Trump's first national security advisor, Michael Flynn, in February.(ANI)