Jeff Sessions and the Russia connection: what happened and why does it matter?

The House Democratic leader, Nancy Pelosi, has called for the US attorney general to resign over his links to Russia. Will he?

By Stephanie Kirchgaessner / The Guardian / Thursday 2 March 2017 07.46 EST


What happened?

It has been revealed by the Washington Post that Jeff Sessions, the US attorney general, met Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak on two occasions last year. The first meeting occurred when Kislyak was one of a group of ambassadors to approach Sessions as he was leaving the podium at an event at the Republican National Convention in July. The second incident – in September – was a private meeting held in the then-senator’s office. That meeting took place as US intelligence officials were investigating Russian interference in the presidential election.

Sessions did not disclose the conversations when asked under oath during his Senate confirmation hearing in early 2017 about possible contacts between Trump’s campaign and Moscow.

Why is this important?

The report raises the question of whether Sessions, the nation’s top law enforcement official and a key member of the Trump administration, lied under oath during his confirmation hearing.