Dem: Sessions, Kislyak story may be ‘big time perjury’

Dem: Sessions, Kislyak story may be ‘big time perjury’
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Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) said Wednesday that Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsGOP strategist donates to Alabama Democrat House passes concealed carry gun bill Rosenstein to testify before House Judiciary Committee next week MORE committed “big time perjury” if he failed to disclose a meeting he had with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

“If Sessions-Kislyak story is true, it shows Sessions didn’t just commit perjury, he committed big time perjury,” he tweeted. “Why is he still in office?”

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CNN on Wednesday reported that congressional investigators are examining the possibility of a previously undisclosed meeting between Sessions and Kislyak during the 2016 presidential campaign. They are specifically looking into an event at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington last spring, which both Sessions and Kislyak attended.

The FBI is also looking into potential interactions between Kislyak and Trump campaign officials at the event.

Sessions came under scrutiny in February amid revelations that he failed to disclose to the Senate two meetings he had with Kislyak in 2016 while serving as a surrogate for Trump.

The attorney general has since recused himself from matters involving federal investigations of Russian election meddling last year.

The Justice Department on Wednesday denied that Sessions met with Kislyak at the Mayflower Hotel last year.

“The facts haven’t changed; the then-Senator did not have any private or side conversations with any Russian officials at the Mayflower Hotel.”

The FBI and at least four congressional committees are investigating Russian intrusions in the 2016 presidential race, including possible collusion between Trump’s campaign and Moscow.