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New claims about Sessions and contact with Russia

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By Seamus Kearney
New claims about Sessions and contact with Russia

There are more damaging headlines concerning the US Attorney General, just days after being criticised by President Trump.

The Washington Post says the Russian ambassador was overheard by US spy agencies telling his bosses that he had discussed campaign-related matters with Jeff Sessions during the 2016 presidential race, contradicting earlier statements by Sessions.

President Trump responded via Twitter to the latest reports in the Washington Post.

The claims concerning Sessions come as the House Intelligence Committee said it will question Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner on Tuesday as part of its probe into claims that Russia meddled in the US election.

The turmoil within the Trump administration continues on different fronts.

On Friday White House press secretary Sean Spicer quit, reportedly over Trump’s choice of new communications director, and there is the ongoing row over a meeting between Trump’s eldest son and a Russian lawyer.

Reuters has reported that Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating possible collusion between Trump’s campaign and Moscow, has asked White House officials to preserve any records of the meeting in June last year in Trump Tower.

Ex-Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort has also been called to testify at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday.