Jared Kushner Reportedly Met Russian Ambassador Along Side Michael Flynn

Matthew Hunt
March 4, 2017

A U.S. congressional committee has agreed a bi-partisan investigation into Russia's alleged interference in last year's USA elections.

"The Judiciary Committee's Democrats also asked DOJ's inspector general Michael Horowitz to" conduct a thorough investigation" into Session's decision to recuse himself from any Russian Federation investigation.

Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters he did not know anything about the meetings previous year between ambassador Sergei Kislyak and Mr Sessions.

However, Mr Sessions denied under oath any meetings during his January confirmation hearings. Al Franken (D-MN) at his January confirmation hearing focused specifically on whether he had spoken with Russian Federation continually about the presidential campaign.

Top Democrats demanded that Sessions go further and quit his post as attorney general, calling for an independent, bipartisan investigation into Trump's possible ties to Russians.

On Thursday, Mr Sessions said he would recuse himself from investigations into Russian influence in the USA elections after it emerged he had spoken with Russia's ambassador twice during the campaign.

Sessions, however, denied any wrongdoing in meeting with Kislyak, saying the two brief encounters had nothing to do with the presidential campaign.

It was the latest twist of the controversy over ties between Donald Trump associates and Russian Federation that has dogged the early days of his presidency.

Congressional staffers have said they are not aware of any evidence that materials related to Russian Federation are not being preserved.

The intelligence community has assessed that Russia's hacking of Democratic groups and operatives was carried out to help Trump defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton.

The newspaper said J D Gordon, who was the Trump campaign's director of national security, and Carter Page, another member of the campaign's national security advisory committee, both said they met the ambassador.

In February, former Donald Trump campaign adviser Carter Page told Judy Woodruff on the PBS NewsHour that he had "no meetings" with Russian officials previous year.

Sessions did not mention either meeting during his confirmation hearings when he said he knew of no contacts between Trump surrogates and Russians. She said the same thing in her press release.

The President added in another tweet, said the same Russian Ambassador that met Jeff Sessions visited the White House 22 times under the previous administration.

Sessions responded, in total: "No".

On Thursday, Sessions recused himself from any current or future investigations involving campaigns for president, but maintained he answered questions at his confirmation "honest and correct as I understood at the time".

The president responded with his own tweet hours later - one in a string of Twitter posts late Thursday and Friday after a relatively quiet social media week for the leader of the free world.

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