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Top Democrat calls for investigation into Jeff Sessions, ties to Russian Federation

Top Democrat calls for investigation into Jeff Sessions, ties to Russian Federation

He has come under withering criticism from Democrats following revelations that he did not disclose the same contacts with Kislyak during his Senate confirmation hearings earlier this year.

Sessions did not mention the meetings, which took place as part of Sessions' official duties as a United States Senator, on his SF-86, the disclosure form for those applying for "top secret" clearance.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions reportedly did not disclose his meeting with Russian officials past year when he applied for his security clearance, according to a Justice Department official Wednesday.

Hurd said newly appointed special counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the Justice Department's Russian Federation probe, will likely want to talk to Sessions about the lack of disclosure.

However, the attorney general was later "instructed not to list meetings with foreign dignitaries and their staff connected with his Senate activities" by the Federal Bureau of Investigation employee who handled the background check, according to a department spokesman. "He's misled on security clearance forms".

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner had similar issues with that portion of his security clearance form, not including dozens of meetings he had with foreign government officials.

Sessions could be a witness before the House and Senate intelligence panels as part of their ongoing probes into potential Trump campaign collusion with Russian Federation, lawmakers said.

The chairman of a House oversight committee says the FBI will not be turning over memos and other materials that detail discussions between former FBI Director James Comey and President Donald Trump.

The lies don't just warrant the recusal of Sessions from all matters related to Russian Federation and prompt more questions about what he may be hiding - but this also raises more concerns about whether Sessions can be trusted to be America's top law enforcement official at all. Mr Trump told NBC that he would have dismissed Mr Comey "regardless of recommendation".

The Washington Post reported March 1 that Sessions had two undisclosed meetings with Kislyak during the campaign, which brought Sessions into the widening Russian Federation scandal for the first time. "It's simple - he should not be the Attorney General", Harris tweeted.

Sessions recused himself from overseeing the FBI's Russian Federation investigation one day later. But, CNN notes that Sessions' meetings were not tied to conferences at all. One of the meetings he had with the Russian ambassador, for example, was held in September - just two months before Election Day - against the backdrop of reports about Russia's efforts to intervene in the election.

CNN first reported the omission.

The explanation likely won't satisfy Sessions's Democratic critics.


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