US intel confirms Sessions discussed Trump campaign with Russia's ambassador

Sessions did not disclose any meetings with Kislyak during the vetting process for his nomination to be Trump's attorney general.
By Miriam Griffin | Jul 26, 2017
U.S. spy agencies intercepted conversations last year in which Russia's ambassador to the United States confirmed that he spoke with then-Senator Jeff Sessionsnow President Trump's attorny generalabout the Trump campaign, according to a Friday story in the Washington Post. The reports undercut Sessions' denials that he ever talked about the Trump campaign with the ambassador or any Russian official.
Intercepts record the Russian ambassador, Sergey Kislyak, telling his superios in Moscow that he talked with Sessions in two meetings about campaign-related matters and substantial policy issues. At the time, Sessions was a senior foreign-policy adviser to the Trump campaign.
Sessions did not disclose any meetings with Kislyak during the vetting process for his nomination to be Trump's attorney general. Later, video proof emerged that he had met and spoken with Kislyak, after which Sessions insisted that their conversations had never been about the Trump campaign. Sessions said more than once that any conversations he had with Kislyak were in his capacity as a senator, not as a Trump surrogate.
"I never had meetings with Russian operatives or Russian intermediaries about the Trump campaign," he said in March.
An unnamed U.S. official told the Washington Post that Sessions' denials were "misleading" and "contradicted by other evidence." Another unnamed official affirmed that Sessions and Kislyak had "substantive" discussions on issues that included Trump's positions on Russia policy and the prospects for improving U.S.-Russia relations in a Trump presidency.
These latest revelations follow a Trump interview on Wednesday in which the president said that he "regretted" appointing Sessions after Sessions had recused himself from investigations into Trump-Russia connections. Trump may have been expressing unease over the investigations headed by Robert Mueller, which are reportedly expanding into Trump's business activities in Russia.

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