Dem lawmaker says she's never met with Russian ambassador — but a tweet suggests otherwise

Dem lawmaker says she's never met with Russian ambassador — but a tweet suggests otherwise
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Following reports that Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsPress: Should the media apologize to Donald Trump? After Mueller, Democrats need to avoid the Javert trap Mueller probe: A timeline from beginning to end MORE misled the Senate under oath about his contacts with the Russian ambassador, Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillLobbying world Dem candidate has Hawley served subpoena at CPAC Annual scorecard ranks GOP environmental efforts far below Dems in 2018 MORE (D-Mo.) tweeted that she had never met with the Russian ambassador.

But another older tweet from McCaskill suggests otherwise.

McCaskill serves on Senate Armed Services Committee, just as Sessions did before his confirmation. Following a Washington Post report Wednesday on Sessions's contacts with the Russian ambassador, Sessions's staff has sought to position the contacts as coming in his role as a member of the Senate Armed Services committee, rather than as a member of the Trump campaign.

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McCaskill countered on Twitter that she had no reason as a member of the Armed Services Committee to meet with the Russian ambassador. But a 2013 tweet from McCaskill's account shows her headed to a meeting with the Russian ambassador to discuss a Russian ban on adoptions to the United States. 

In a statement, McCaskill spokeswoman Sarah Feldman said that McCaskill's meeting was part of a meeting with multiple senators and contrasted McCaskill with Sessions.

"She did attend a group meeting about adoptions with other Senators, and had a brief proactive call with the ambassador amid calls to several other parties to the Iran nuclear deal," the statement reads. "Attorney General Sessions, on the other hand, misled the Senate under oath."

As Sessions comes under fire for his committee statements, even some Republicans have said he should recuse himself from the investigation into Russian election interference, while some Democratic lawmakers have called for his resignation.