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WSJ: Investigators Probed Sessions Contacts With Russian Officials

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By    |   Thursday, 02 Mar 2017 10:42 AM

U.S. officials have investigated Attorney General Jeff Sessions' contacts with Russian officials during President Donald Trump's campaign, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Citing sources familiar with the matter, the Journal claims the Federal Bureau of Investigation is leading the investigation into Sessions and other members of the Trump campaign team for possible communications during the election season.

The FBI did not respond to the Journal's request for comment.

Sessions denied the report through a spokeswoman, saying: "I never met with any Russian officials to discuss issues of the campaign. I have no idea what this allegation is about. It is false."

Session testified under oath during his confirmation hearing that he had no contact with Russian officials while assisting Trump's campaign.

His spokeswoman, Sarah Flores, acknowledged that Sessions spoke to Russian ambassador to the U.S. Sergei Kislyak over the summer, but said he did so in his capacity as a senator, not as a campaign surrogate.

"The attorney general has been very clear that as a senator he had conversations with the Russian ambassador," Flores said in a statement. "Last year, the senator had over 25 conversations with foreign ambassadors as a senior member of the Armed Services Committee, including the British, Korean, Japanese, Polish, Indian, Chinese, Canadian, Australian, German and Russian ambassadors."

House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, tweeted that Sessions should "clarify his testimony."

Sessions told NBC News Thursday morning "whenever it's appropriate, I will recuse myself," though he maintained that he did not discuss the campaign with Russian officials. "There's no doubt about that."

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