For the following narrative, the reader has to read in between the lines. It looks like US congressional investigators have reason to believe that Jeff Sessions was party to a meeting with Russian operatives at an April 2016 closed door meeting at the Mayflower Hotel which he has never disclosed as required. Of course the Attorney General Jeff Sessions is flatly denying these allegations.
The following chronicle which I am not able to confirm has been reported by Seth Abramson who has dogged this Trump-Russian saga almost from the start. According to Mr Abramson, soon after Donald Trump became the republican presumptive presidential nominee, he decided that he wanted to deliver a foreign policy speech. About this time in April 2016 Paul Manafort had already been hired to be a presidential campaign manager for Mr. Trump (3/29/17). Somehow a get together was set up by a pro-Russian think tank for about 24 people at a the Mayflower Hotel in Washington DC which allegedly included the then Senator Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump, Jared Kushner, Corey Lewandowski, Paul Manafort, the US Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and others. This VIP reception occurred prior to Mr. Trump giving his address on foreign policy issues.
Here’s the rest of the story…
On 5/31/17, Max Greenwood of the Hill, penned the following report, “Investigators probing whether Sessions, Kislyak had another undisclosed meeting: report.”
“Congressional investigators are looking into the possibility of another previously undisclosed meeting between Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during President Trump’s 2016 election campaign, CNN reported Wednesday.
“According to CNN’s report, congressional investigators are particularly interested in whether Sessions and Kislyak met on the sidelines of Trump’s foreign policy address at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington on April 27. Both Sessions, who was then a senator from Alabama, and Kislyak attended a reception with event organizers ahead of Trump’s speech.”
“The FBI is also looking into possible interactions between Kislyak and Trump’s campaign team at the event.”
“Sessions came under scrutiny in February amid revelations that he had failed to disclose to the Senate two meetings with Kislyak in 2016, when he was a surrogate for Trump’s presidential campaign.”
“He has since recused himself from matters involving federal investigations into Russian election meddling and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed a special counsel to handle the FBI investigation earlier this month.”
“The Justice Department flatly denied that Sessions had met with Kislyak at the Mayflower Hotel.”
“The Department of Justice appointed special counsel to assume responsibility for this matter,” Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said in a statement to CNN.”We will allow him to do his job. It is unfortunate that anonymous sources whose credibility will never face public scrutiny are continuously trying to hinder that process by peddling false stories to the mainstream media.”
“The facts haven’t changed; the then-Senator did not have any private or side conversations with any Russian officials at the Mayflower Hotel.”
This blog was updated on 6/1/17.