DOJ misses deadline to provide Sessions’s contacts with Russians: report

DOJ misses deadline to provide Sessions’s contacts with Russians: report
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The Department of Justice has reportedly missed a court-ordered deadline to release part of a security form regarding Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump criticizes Justice for restoring McCabe's benefits McCabe wins back full FBI pension after being fired under Trump Overnight Hillicon Valley — Apple issues security update against spyware vulnerability MORE's contacts with Russian officials.

A judge on June 12 said the department needed to provide the information within 30 days, NPR reported.

The order came after American Oversight, an ethics watchdog group, in March filed a Freedom of Information Act request for information regarding the attorney general's contacts "with any official of the Russian government," the news outlet noted.  


The group filed a lawsuit in April, when it said it wasn't given the documents by the government, it added.

"Jeff Sessions is our nation's top law enforcement officer, and it is shocking one of his first acts after being named Attorney General was to mislead his own agency about a matter of national security," the group's executive director, Austin Evers, said in a statement to NPR.

"The court gave DOJ thirty days to produce Attorney General Sessions's security clearance form, DOJ has already confirmed its contents to the press and Sessions has testified about it to Congress, so there is no good reason to withhold this document from the public."

Last month, Sessions denied any suggestion he colluded with Russia in that country's efforts to boost President Trump's candidacy in last year's presidential race.

During a testimony last month before the Senate Intelligence Committee, he repeatedly expressed personal outrage at the "innuendo" surrounding his conduct.

Sessions during the appearance also denied rumors that he had a third, previously unreported private meeting with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the presidential campaign.