According to organizers of the July event where Sen. Jeff Sessions met with Russian officials, the event was sponsored by President Barack Obama’s Department of State.
The July 20 meeting in Cleveland was the second time Sessions meet with Russian officials in 2016 and was used by the Washington Post as a headline, doubling the amount of times Sessions met with the Russians in 2016. “Sessions met with Russian envoy twice last year, encounters he later did not disclose,” read the headline.
The meetings have caused some controversy as Democrats have called on Sessions to resign as the Attorney General amid growing concerns over Trump’s connection with Russia during the 2016 election.
Cleveland.com covered the July 19 activities and quoted one organizer as saying “We are working very closely with the State Department and the RNC to make sure folks coming to Cleveland are filled in with everything they need to know about, including that Cleveland is awesome.”
As deputies working for the former president Obama try to leak information about Trump and his administration, the news about the State Department’s role in Sessions encounter with the Russian ambassador is at odds of what they are trying to suggest.
According to an article in The Washington Post:
Then-Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) spoke twice last year with Russia’s ambassador to the United States, Justice Department officials said, encounters he did not disclose when asked about possible contacts between members of President Trump’s campaign and representatives of Moscow during Sessions’s confirmation hearing to become attorney general…
The previously undisclosed discussions could fuel new congressional calls for the appointment of a special counsel to investigate Russia’s alleged role in the 2016 presidential election.