Sessions, however, told his confirmation hearing at the Senate Judiciary Committee on January 10 that he did not know of contacts between Trump campaign members and Russian Federation. Sessions replied he was "unaware of those activities".
Sessions met with the Russian ambassador during the time Sessions was serving as a surrogate for the Trump campaign, but not in his capacity as a surrogate for the Trump campaign.
McCaskill sought to draw a distinction between her meeting with Kislyak as part of a group of senators, and Sessions' private meeting with the ambassador.
The previously undisclosed meetings once again raised the question of whether Trump's campaign team colluded with Russian attempts to influence the outcome of the U.S. elections. Senator Leahy's question specified communication "about the 2016 election". He is under fire after reports that he had conversations with the Russian ambassador previous year. Given that he would now oversee any Justice Department investigations into Trump's campaign or connections to Russian Federation, his hearing will likely be dominated by questions about how he would handle such probes.
Finally, the most recent major bombshell came on Wednesday, when The Washington Post reported that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had talked to Ambassador Kislyak multiple times during the campaign and then not disclosed it during his confirmation hearing. His contacts were only in his role as a sitting senator.
During his Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing, Sessions was asked by Sen.
Boente might not be acting deputy attorney general for much longer.
"That doesn't mean Sessions should have engaged in that conversation, on legal grounds, political grounds, or ethical grounds", he said.
As a skilled lawyer, Sessions' would reflexively respond to the specific question asked, providing enough information to be responsive without providing irrelevant information.
Let's not forget the DNC hacking, which the intelligence community agreed was a Russian action.
"If he lied, then he must resign", she said.
Sessions said Thursday that it was not his intent to mislead the committee and that he would soon write them to clarify his answers, and admitted that, in retrospect, he "should have slowed down and said I did meet with one Russian official and that was the Russian ambassador".
And in April 2015, she tweeted: "Today calls with British, Russian, and German Ambassadors re: Iran deal".
Sen. Chris Murphy and Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-3 District, also have called for Sesssions' resignation.
The Connecticut senators, who spokes to reporters in Hartford Friday, said there was nothing wrong with the fact that a US senator met with a foreign ambassador. Taking the metaphor a bit farther, it's also possible that the substance revealed so far about Trump-Russia connections is indicative and troubling in and of itself.
Former U.S. ambassador to Russia John Beyrle described Kislyak as a low-profile diplomat to ABC News.
McCaskill's 2013 meeting was the one involving a total of seven Democratic senators.
Sessions himself met with over two dozen ambassadors from different countries just past year.
Two U.S. officials, speaking on condition of anonymity on Thursday, said Sessions was one of many subjects of a government investigation of any contacts between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.
President Donald Trump lashed out at Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Friday amid the latest political pressure about Trump administration contacts with Russian Federation.