An American lobbyist for Russian interests has confirmed that, during the 2016 US presidential campaign, he attended two dinners hosted by Jeff Sessions, in direct contradiction to the attorney general’s sworn testimony this week, reports the Guardian.
“Sessions testified under oath on Tuesday that he did not believe he had any contacts with lobbyists working for Russian interests over the course of Trump’s campaign,” says Kirchgaessner.
Richard Burt, a former ambassador to Germany during Reagan’s presidency, told the Guardian “that he could confirm previous media reports that stated he had contacts with Sessions at the time.”
Burt added that he did not know whether Sessions was aware of his role as a lobbyist for Russian interests – a fact disclosed in public records.
But Burt advised candidate Trump on his first major foreign policy speech, “a role that brought him into contact with Sessions personally,” notes Kirchgaessner.