Attorney General Jeff Sessions first testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday that he did not meet with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. in April of last year — but he ended up further muddling the issue.
“I did not have any private meetings nor do I recall any conversations with any Russian officials at the Mayflower Hotel,” Sessions said, referring to a day when both he and Kislyak attended then-candidate Donald Trump’s foreign policy speech at the Mayflower.
When pressed by Sen. Mark Warner (D-Virginia), Sessions said, “Certainly, I can assure you, nothing improper, if I’d had a conversation with him, and it’s conceivable that occurred. I just don’t remember. I guess I could say that I possibly had a meeting, but I still do not recall it, and I did not in any way fail to record something in my testimony or in my subsequent letter intentionally false.”
In March, the Washington Post reported that Sessions met with Kislyak twice last year, which he failed to disclose during his confirmation hearings. If he and Kislyak did speak at the Mayflower Hotel, it would be the third known meeting between the two.