Attorney General Jeff Sessions maintained Monday that his response to a query about contact with Russian officials during his confirmation hearing was “correct.”
“My answer was correct,” Sessions wrote in supplemental testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman and ranking member Monday.
At his confirmation hearing in January, Sessions, then a Republican senator representing Alabama, testified before the Senate panel, unprompted, that he “did not have communications with the Russians.”
But reports emerged last week that Sessions had met with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak twice in 2016, meetings he failed to disclose during his confirmation hearings.
In his supplemental testimony, which follows his recusal Thursday from any Justice Department investigation related to presidential campaigns, Sessions said he “honestly” answered a question from Minnesota Sen. Al Franken about contact — as a Trump surrogate.
“I did not mention communications I had had with the Russian Ambassador over the years because the question did not ask about them,” he argued.
Sessions met with Kislyak on the sidelines of the Republican National Convention following a speech and again in his Senate office in September.
“I do not recall any discussions with the Russian Ambassador, or any other representative of the Russian government, regarding the political campaign on these occasions or any other occasion,” he said.
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