HAPPENING NOW: Attorney General Jeff Sessions is currently testifying before Congress, related to the investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Sessions wasted no time immediately addressing the Democrat’s concerns that he had failed to disclose several meetings last year with Russian ambassadors.
He readily acknowledged his two brief and informal meetings with Russia’s ambassador last year. However, during Congress’ questioning when he was sworn in as Attorney General, he was never asked about those meetings. The context of the question that he was asked was about contact between the Russians and the Trump campaign.
Sessions met with the Russian ambassadors in his capacity as a US Senator on the Armed Services Committee — not in his capacity as a Trump campaign surrogate.
“In that context, my answer was fair and correct. I was responding to this allegation that surrogates had been meeting with Russians on a regulation basis,” Sessions said. In his capacity as a surrogate, he said, “I have never met with or had any conversation with any Russians or any foreign officials.”
He also addressed rumors that he had another meeting with Russian officials at the Mayflower hotel. He said, “I never had any meetings with any Russians at the Mayflower Hotel.”
Watch Session’s hearing live for free on CNN.com.