Attorney General Jeff Sessions did not disclose two meetings he had last year with Russia’s ambassador when he applied for his security clearance, the Justice Department told CNN Wednesday.
Sessions did not disclose the interactions he had with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak on the form, the SF-86, which requires him to list “any contact” he or his family had with a “foreign government” or its “representatives” over the past seven years, officials said.
The Hill reports:
Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores told CNN that an FBI employee who was helping Sessions complete the form advised him that he did not have to disclose meetings with foreign ambassadors that took place during his time in the Senate.
She said Sessions listed a year’s worth of meetings with foreign officials on the form.
CNN notes that federal officials do not have to list meetings that were part of foreign conferences attended while conducting government business — though Sessions’ meetings with Sergey Kislyak do not appear to fall under that exemption.
Sessions recused himself from any matters regarding federal investigations into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow after he failed to disclose to the Senate his meetings with Kislyak during President Trump’s 2016 campaign.