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CNN: McCaskill Misled With Tweet of No Russian Meeting

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Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Monday, 26 Jun 2017 11:01 PM

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., attended a black-tie reception at the residence of Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in November 2015 – despite a March tweet that denied she had ever met him, CNN reported.

"I should've been careful about the 140 characters and given it context," McCaskill told CNN, which described her "one of the most vulnerable Democrats up for reelection next year."

"But it's not the first or the last time my tweets will get me in trouble."

The Washington Free Beacon noted McCaskill also posted a tweet in 2013 boasting about being "off to meeting w/ Russian Ambassador."

And in August 2015, she tweeted she had taken calls from the Russian ambassador among others about the Iran nuclear deal.

McCaskill told CNN that while she was in the diplomat's presence, she never met with him as part of her work for the Armed Services Committee.

"So on those two occasions, I was in the presence of the Russian ambassador, was in the same place I was, but never did he come to my office, never did he request a meeting with me, never did I have a meeting with him as a member of the Armed Services Committee," she told CNN.

"140 characters were my enemy there because Jeff Sessions was giving the impression that these were part of his – part and parcel of his duty on the Armed Services Committee," she added.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been under scrutiny after it was revealed he failed to disclose to the Senate two meetings he had with Kislyak in 2016 while serving as a surrogate for Trump.

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Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., attended a black-tie reception at the residence of Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in November 2015 – despite a March tweet that denied she had ever met him, CNN reported.
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