Trump associates' links with Russia: what we know so far


Questions continue to be asked about the scale of alleged Russian influence over the president and the campaign that took him to the White House. Here we look at the links – known and alleged – between Donald Trump’s associates and allies and Moscow:

Here is the Jeff Sessions section:

Jeff Sessions met Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak twice last year - encounters that the attorney general did not disclose when asked under oath at his Senate confirmation hearing in January about possible contacts between Trump’s presidential campaign and Moscow.

The former senator from Alabama was one of Trump’s early and most vocal surrogates on the campaign trail. Asked point-blank at his confirmation hearing “Have you been in contact with anyone connected to any part of the Russian government about the 2016 election, either before or after election day?”, Sessions responded: “No.”

Justice department officials told the Washington Post Sessions met Kislyak once in September 2016, when US intelligence officials were investigating Russian interference in the presidential election, and once in the summer of that year.

A senior administration official described the Post report of 1 March as “the latest attack against the Trump administration by partisan Democrats”. “Sessions met with the ambassador in an official capacity as a member of the Senate armed services committee, which is entirely consistent with his testimony,” the official said.

A spokeswoman for Sessions confirmed that the meetings took place, but said they were not related to the election campaign and that he had not deceived the Senate. “There was absolutely nothing misleading about his answer,” Sarah Isgur Flores said, noting Sessions had over 25 conversations with foreign ambassadors last year. “He was asked during the hearing about communications between Russia and the Trump campaign – not about meetings he took as a senator and a member of the armed services committee.”

The Post said it had asked all 26 members of the committee whether they had met Kislyak last year. None of the 20 who replied, including committee chair John McCain, had done so, it reported.

This is a long Infographic/Article. It can be seen at the Guardian.

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