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ACLU lawyer files ethics complaint against Sessions over Russia testimony: report

Greg Nash

An American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) lawyer, Christopher Anders, formally filed an ethics complaint against Attorney General Jeff Sessions Thursday over his testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee denying any contact with Russian officials, which was later reported by The Washington Post.

According to a report by BuzzFeed, the complaint was filed asking the Alabama State Bar Association to “determine whether [Sessions] violated the Alabama Rules of Professional Conduct” in his testimony.

{mosads}“Mr. Sessions made false statements during sworn testimony on January 10, 2017, and in a subsequent written response to questions on January 17, 2017,” the complaint reads.

Sessions, a former Republican senator from Alabama, did not disclose his contact with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during his confirmation hearings, testifying under oath that he “did not have communications with the Russians.”

His two conversations with Kislyak, in July and September of last year, are coming under scrutiny because Sessions endorsed Trump early in his presidential bid, stumping and introducing him at campaign rallies, and he officially joined the Trump campaign in February 2016.

Sessions has since defended his decision not to mention his talks with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. while under oath during his confirmation hearing, saying he talked with Kislyak as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, not as a Trump surrogate. Recently, he said he would recuse himself from the department’s investigations into Moscow’s interference in the 2016 presidential election. 

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