There's a viral photo showing Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak together on a day Sessions claims the two never met.
Sessions recused himself on March 2 from the FBI’s investigations of Russian meddling in the election and any improper ties between the Trump campaign and Russian authorities, notes the Los Angeles Times.
In closed-door testimony after a hearing before the same committee last week, former FBI Director James Comey said the FBI had been looking into the intelligence that Sessions may have met with Kisylak in April 2016 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C., where President Donald Trump delivered a campaign speech attended by several foreign ambassadors.
During Comey's June 8 appearance before the Senate Intelligence Committee, he accused Trump of telling "lies, plain and simple," as quoted by The New York Times. He said Trump fired him because of the FBI's investigation into alleged Russian collusion with his election campaign, and also accused the president of directing him to drop an investigation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who was subsequently fired, as well.
Regarding Comey's closed-door testimony pertaining to Sessions, the attorney general acknowledged having two meetings with Kislyak after the Mayflower event -- one in his Senate office and another at a speech at the Republican National Convention -- but says he does not remember whether or not he spoke with him at the Mayflower speech.
On June 13, Sessions was questioned by members of the Senate Intelligence Committee about it. In response, he said it was his understanding that Kislyak was at the event, but that he could "not remember" talking to him, while admitting that it was "possible," reports The Week. "Certainly I can assure you nothing improper [happened] if I'd had a conversation with him," calling the suggestion "an appalling and detestable lie."
A photograph has since surfaced which appears to show Sessions and Kislyak together at the Mayflower speech. Many of those who posted the picture have claimed that Sessions was speaking to Kislyak, though the photo only shows the men in close proximity, observes The Inquisitr.
However, evidence cited by Sen. Al Franken suggests that the two may indeed have met that day. In an interview with MSNBC, Franken said the meeting is referred to an intercepted conversation "between Kislyak and his people." But Franken speculated that Kislyak may have been exaggerating the facts in the conversation.