Fired FBI Director James Comey told lawmakers in a closed hearing on Thursday that Attorney General Jeff Sessions may have had a third meeting with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the 2016 presidential race, CNN reported.
Sessions came under fire in February after it was revealed that he failed to disclose to the Senate two meetings with Kislyak in 2016, while he was a high-profile campaign surrogate for President Trump. Sessions later recused himself from the federal investigation into Russian efforts to meddle in the election.
Comey told lawmakers during an open hearing Thursday that the FBI expected Sessions to recuse himself because of factors “that would make his continued involvement in a Russia investigation problematic,” though he declined to say what those factors were.
The Justice Department, however, has insisted that Sessions recused himself only because of his role promoting Trump’s White House bid, and that his meetings with Kislyak had no bearing on that decision. Read more at The Hill.