DOJ: Sessions didn't disclose meetings with Russians

DOJ: Sessions didn't disclose meetings with Russians
Posted at 6:58 PM, May 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-24 16:03:51-04

(CNN) - Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak at least twice in 2016, failed to note those interactions when he applied for his security clearance, the Department of Justice told CNN.

The security clearance form requires Sessions to list "any contact" he or his family had with a "foreign government" or its "representatives" over the past seven years, officials said.

The new information from the Justice Department is the latest example of Sessions failing to disclose his contacts with Russian officials. 

Democrats criticized Sessions following revelations that he did not disclose the same contacts with Kislyak during his Senate confirmation hearings earlier this year.

Justice Department spokeswoman Sara Isgur Flores says Sessions and his staff were told by an FBI employee who assisted in filling out the form, known as the SF86, that he didn't need to list dozens of meetings with foreign ambassadors that happened in his capacity as a senator.

The FBI declined to comment for this story.

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