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Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington, Thursday, March 2, 2017. Sessions said he will recuse himself from a federal investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 White House election. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Rep. John Conyers called for a probe into Jeff Sessions' meetings with a Russian envoy


A senior Democrat on the House Judiciary committee requested an investigation into meetings between Attorney General Jeff Sessions and a Russian ambassador, the Hill reported, after CNN first reported that Sessions didn't disclose these meetings on his security clearance forms. 

Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) released a statement saying that in light of the investigation into contacts between the Trump campaign and Russia, these new revelations demand a review by the House Judiciary Committee. Conyers is pushing Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) for an immediate hearing.

Sessions' failure to disclose the meetings is part of "a troubling pattern of behavior by the nation's chief law enforcement officer," Conyers said, according to the Hill

CNN reported on Wednesday that Sessions did not disclose the multiple meetings he had with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak when filling out forms for his security clearance. It had already been revealed in March that Sessions met with the Russian ambassador during his Senate confirmation hearing. 

Justice Department spokesman Ian Prior defended Sessions, telling CNN, "As a United States Senator, the Attorney General met hundreds -- if not thousands -- of foreign dignitaries and their staff. In filling out the SF-86 form, the Attorney General's staff consulted with those familiar with the process, as well as the FBI investigator handling the background check, and was instructed not to list meetings with foreign dignitaries and their staff connected with his Senate activities."

Sessions was previously an Alabama senator and was an early supporter of Trump. Sessions has already recused himself from the investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. 

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