Jeff Sessions Meetings with Russian Officials During Campaign

On April 27, 2016, the Center for National Interest hosted an event at the Mayflower Hotel, with Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions attending. (source)

On July 18, 2016, Jeff Sessions individually met Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak at a Heritage Foundation event at the Republican National Convention. Source Kislyak was later recorded by US intelligence reporting to his superiors in Moscow that they discussed campaign-related matters at this meeting.

On September 8, 2016, Jeff Sessions met Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in Sessions’s office. Sessions would later report that they discussed issues of terrorism and Ukraine (sanctions?), and that the meeting was “contentious.” Source Source2

On June 13, 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions appeared before the Senate intelligence committee and claimed he did not recall meeting Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak at the Mayflower Hotel in April 2016. Source

Discussion

During his AG confirmation hearings Sessions denied that he had any meetings with Russian officials during the campaign, or that he had had been in contact with anyone connected to Russian government about the election. After these meetings were revealed, Sessions continued to deny having any “campaign-related” discussions, although the issues he admitted discussing were clearly campaign-related, especially Ukraine.