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Rep. John Conyers Urges Hearing on Sessions, Russians

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By    |   Thursday, 25 May 2017 10:36 AM

Rep. John Conyers, the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee urged the panel to hold a hearing on Attorney General Jeff Sessions' contact with Russian government officials, the Washington Examiner reports.

"The latest report detailing how Attorney General Jeff Sessions once again concealed his contacts with Russian officials points to a troubling pattern of behavior by the nation's chief law enforcement officer," said Conyers, D-Mich.

His comments follow a report by CNN that Sessions did not disclose meetings with Russian officials when he applied for a security clearing during the confirmation process.

Sessions had met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak at least twice last year, but did not disclose those meetings on his security clearance form, according to CNN. He is required to list "any contact" he has had with a "foreign government" or its "representatives" in the last seven years.

"In the face of an ongoing investigation into the Trump campaign's contact with the Russian government — an investigation from which Mr. Sessions is recused because of his failure to disclose similar contacts — the attorney general's decision to omit this information from his security clearance application demands the House Judiciary Committee's careful review," Conyers said.

The Justice Department defended Sessions' omission regarding the meetings, the Examiner noted.

"As a United States senator, the attorney general met hundreds — if not thousands — of foreign dignitaries and their staff," Justice Department spokesman Ian Prior said. "In filling out the SF-86 form, the attorney general's staff consulted with those familiar with the process, as well as the FBI investigator handling the background check, and was instructed not to list meetings with foreign dignitaries and their staff connected with his Senate activities."

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Rep. John Conyers, the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee urged the panel to hold a hearing on Attorney General Jeff Sessions' contact with Russian government officials, the Washington Examiner reports.
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