Attorney General Jeff Sessions may not have been clear about his contacts with Russian officials during the 2016 election, but this much is evident: The controversy over any Kremlin involvement in American politics is not going to fade away anytime soon.
On Friday US media reports revealed that President Donald Trump’s senior aide and son-in-law Jared Kushner and ousted adviser Michael Flynn had met with the Russian ambassador to the United States in December.
Mr Kushner and Mr Flynn sat down in December at the Trump Tower with Sergey Kislyak, according to a senior administration official, who described it as an “introductory meeting” and “kind of an inconsequential hello,” the CNN reported.
“They generally discussed the relationship and it made sense to establish a line of communication,” White House spokeswoman Hope Hicks told the New York Times. “Jared has had meetings with many other foreign countries and representatives — as many as two dozen other foreign countries’ leaders and representatives.”
Ms Hicks said the meeting lasted 20 minutes and Mr Kushner had not met since with Mr Kislyak.
Mr Flynn resigned last month after officials said he misled Vice-President Mike Pence about whether he and the ambassador had discussed US sanctions against Russia in a phone call.
The Trump team’s account of Mr Flynn’s conversations with the ambassador have changed multiple times. The White House did not confirm the in-person meeting or Mr Kushner’s contact with the ambassador until Friday, the Telegraph reported.