Last night, Wednesday, March 1, Justice Department officials revealed that then-Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), now the Attorney General of the United States, met and spoke twice with the Russian ambassador to the United States during the presidential campaign in 2016.

It is possible that Sessions committed perjury during his Senate testimony on Jan. 10:

Sen. Al Franken: “If there was any evidence that anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign communicated with the Russian government in the course of this (2016) campaign, what would you do?,” the Minnesota Democrat asked.

Sessions: “I’m not aware of any of those activities. I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign, and I did not have communications with the Russians.”

To a written question on Jan. 10, Sessions responed:

Sen. Patrick J. Leahy: Several of the President-elect’s nominees or senior advisers have Russian ties. Have you been in contact with anyone connected to any part of the Russian government about the 2016 election, either before or after election day?” the Vermont Democrat asked in a questionnaire.


With Leahy, Sessions leaves open the possibility that he talked to the Russians.  With Franken, Sessions states that he has had no contacts with any Russian officials. Sessions response to Franken directly contradicts the justice department revelation.

More details about Sessions testimony and his meeting with the Russians can be found here. A summary of Jeff Sessions’ changing explanations of his meetings with Russian officials can be found here.