US intelligence intercepts show Sergey Kislyak told supervisors he discussed Trump campaign and policy issues during meetings with attorney general
Jeff Sessions discussed Donald Trumps White House bid with the Russian ambassador to Washington in 2016, according to reported US intelligence intercepts which contradict the US attorney generals assurances that the campaign was not discussed.
Sergey Kislyak told his superiors in Moscow he talked about campaign-related matters and significant policy issues during two meetings with Sessions, according to current and former US intelligence officials, the Washington Post reported on Friday.
The ambassadors accounts of the meetings which US spy agencies intercepted clash with those of Sessions and pile fresh pressure on the attorney general just days after the president publicly criticised him.
Sessions was a senator and senior foreign policy adviser to Trump during the presidential race. After being tapped to run the justice department, he initially failed to disclose his encounters with Kislyak and then said the meetings were not about the Trump campaign.