Sessions used campaign funds for travel that included Russian meeting: reports

Sessions used campaign funds for travel that included Russian meeting: reports
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Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsUnder pressure, Trump shifts blame for Russia intrusion Overnight Tech: Judge blocks AT&T request for DOJ communications | Facebook VP apologizes for tweets about Mueller probe | Tech wants Treasury to fight EU tax proposal Overnight Regulation: Trump to take steps to ban bump stocks | Trump eases rules on insurance sold outside of ObamaCare | FCC to officially rescind net neutrality Thursday | Obama EPA chief: Reg rollback won't stand MORE used funds from his Senate reelection campaign account to cover travel expenses at last year’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland, according to multiple reports, where he met with the Russian ambassador.

Sessions, who was then a Republican senator from Alabama and frequent surrogate for President Trump on the campaign trail, has defended his meeting with Sergey Kislyak as perfectly normal for a member of the Armed Services Committee. But The Wall Street Journal said Thursday he used campaign funds for the travel, rather than official Senate Armed Services Committee funds.

The Journal said Sessions’s campaign account made two payments of $1,395 to the Sheraton Cleveland Airport on July 16, two days before the Republican convention.

None of the payments reimbursing Sessions appear in Trump's 2016 presidential campaign account.

ABC News also confirmed the spending ahead of the meeting, news of which put Sessions on the hot seat this week, with top congressional Democrats calling for his resignation.

Reports emerged Wednesday that Sessions spoke with Kislyak twice during the 2016 race, once in July at the GOP convention and another time via phone in September.

Sessions did not disclose their discussions during his confirmation hearings for attorney general in February, testifying under oath that “he did not have communications with the Russians.”

The attorney general on Thursday recused himself from investigations into Russia’s interference into the presidential election, bowing to mounting bipartisan pressure over his contact with Kislyak.