Donald Trump’s attorney general, Jeff Sessions, spoke twice with Russia’s ambassador to the United States while Trump was on the campaign trail, the Washington Post reported Wednesday.
Justice Department officials said one of the meetings was a private conversation between Sessions and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
The private meeting reportedly took place during the same time intelligence officials have said Russia was interfering with the U.S. presidential election through a hacking campaign.
A Sessions spokeswoman said Sessions was acting as a member of the Armed Services Committee, not as a Trump surrogate, when he spoke with the ambassador, and was not trying to mislead senators when he said during his confirmation hearing that he had not had contact with the Russian government.
“There was absolutely nothing misleading about his answer,” spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said.