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Sessions Used Political Funds For Travel to Republican Convention Event

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By    |   Friday, 03 Mar 2017 02:19 PM

Attorney General Jeff Sessions used his own political funds and spoke about Donald Trump's presidential campaign last year during an event at the Republican National Convention where he met with Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak, according to The Wall Street Journal

However, the Trump administration said he was acting as a U.S. senator when he spoke to the ambassador,

Sessions, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, appeared at a Heritage Foundation event during the RNC in Cleveland in July 2016, a person at the event told the Journal.

Sessions said Thursday he would recuse himself from any probe related to Russia and the 2016 presidential campaign after details came to light that he had met with the ambassador despite saying during his confirmation hearings that he had not.

White House representatives and Sessions said the meeting was part of Sessions' duties as an Alabama senator, not a campaign official, although Sessions was the chairman of Trump's National Security Advisory Committee at the time.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and other agencies are overseeing a probe into alleged communications between Russians and Trump campaign team members, the Journal reported.

Campaign finance disclosure forms show that Sessions used money from his reelection campaign account for travel expenses to the Republican convention, although official government funds would have paid for his travel.

Larry Noble, the general counsel for the Campaign Legal Center, said that Sessions probably used his campaign funds because of his role in the Trump campaign, saying that Sessions could not have defended against claims that he was there for Trump's campaign if he had used government money to travel there.

"If he was truly there solely as a member of the Armed Services Committee, then he could've used his legislative account," Noble said.

Sessions, in February 2016, became the first then-current U.S. senator to endorse Trump, and was a frequent surrogate for him in TV appearances, the Journal reported.

Experts have said that Sessions' comments are likely not to result in perjury charges.

"Perjury is a very difficult charge to prove," Laurie L. Levenson, a former federal prosecutor, told Business Insider

 

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions used his own political funds and spoke about Donald Trump's presidential campaign last year during an event at the Republican National Convention where he met with Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak, according to The Wall Street Journal.
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