Report: Sessions to say he did not meet with Russian ambassador at Mayflower Hotel

Report: Sessions to say he did not meet with Russian ambassador at Mayflower Hotel
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Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsJeffrey Rosen officially sworn in as deputy attorney general House Democrats leave empty chair for McGahn at hearing MSNBC host: Barr 'the most dangerous person' who works for Trump MORE on Tuesday will push back against reports that he met with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. in April 2016.

During an appearance before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Sessions will say he was at an event at the Mayflower Hotel but does not remember interacting with Sergey Kislyak, Axios reported.

Former FBI Director James Comey last week said during a closed-door meeting with the senators that Sessions may have had an undisclosed third meeting with the Russian ambassador.

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The former FBI director hedged his comments, but congressional investigators were reportedly already looking into whether Sessions and Kislyak met on the sidelines of a foreign policy speech President Trump gave in April 2016.

The Justice Department has denied that the two talked, saying the “the then-senator did not have any private or side conversations with any Russian officials at the Mayflower Hotel.”
 
If the third meeting took place, it would contradict Sessions’s previous assertion that he only met twice with the Russian official during the presidential campaign — once at the Republican National Convention and a second time in his Senate office in September 2016.