Jeff Sessions and the Trump Administration

Jeff Sessions
Jeff Sessions

On February 28, 2016, Senator Jeff Sessions became the first Senator to endorse Donald Trump for President. Source Sessions was almost immediately, officially brought into the campaign to lead Trump’s National Security Advisory Committee. Source

On April 27, 2016, Jeff Sessions is photographed with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak at a Mayflower Hotel event for the Trump campaign.

US intelligence intercepted conversations where Kislyak told his superiors in Moscow that he discussed campaign-related matters, including policy issues important to Moscow, with Jeff Sessions at the meeting. Source

On January 10, 2017, during his confirmation hearing for the position of Attorney General, Jeff Sessions was asked if “there is any evidence that anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign communicated with the Russian government in the course of this campaign.” Mr. Sessions replied, “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.” Source

On January 17, 2017, in a response to a written questionnaire, nominee for Attorney General Jeff Sessions directly denied that he had been “in contact with anyone connected to any part of the Russian government about the 2016 election.” Source

Perjury? – Sessions later said that during his Sept. 8 meeting in his office with Kislyak, they discussed Ukraine. US policy relating to Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula was an important issue in the campaigns, as well as US sanctions against Russia in response, which Trump frequently suggested he would eliminate. Unless they only spoke about how beautiful Ukraine is, they discussed a key election issue.

On March 2, 2017, Jeff Sessions announced that, over Trump’s objections, he would recuse himself from federal probes into Russian interference in the US election. Source