Russia's ambassador to Washington was overheard by US spy agencies telling his bosses he had discussed campaign-related matters, including issues important to Moscow, with Jeff Sessions during the 2016 presidential race, the Washington Post reports, citing current and former US officials.
Ambassador Sergei Kislyak's accounts of two conversations with Mr Sessions, then a US Senator and key foreign policy adviser to Republican candidate Donald Trump, were intercepted by US intelligence agencies, the officials told the Post.
Mr Sessions at first failed to disclose his contacts with Mr Kislyak, and then said the meetings were not about the Trump campaign.
"I never had meetings with Russian operatives or Russian intermediaries about the Trump campaign," Mr Sessions said in March.
He recused himself from the ongoing investigation into the Trump campaign's alleged ties to Russia, frustrating the President, who said he wouldn't have appointed Mr Sessions as Attorney General.
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