Two-thirds of Americans want special prosecutor for Trump-Russia investigation

RELATEDTop Trump advisers reveal meeting with Russian ambassador

Trump and Kislyak briefly met at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington on April 2, 2016, six months before election day, the AmericaBlog reported on Tuesday, citing a report by The Wall Street Journal from May of previous year. "Mr Trump warmly greeted Mr Kislyak and three other foreign ambassadors who came to the reception".

According to reports published during the time, which have resurfaced again now, Trump had met with a representative of the Russian government briefly in the United States capital about six months before Election Day.

But after Sessions recused himself from the Russian Federation investigations, Trump, reported Costa, was furious and told his aides that Sessions should not have done so and that he, the Department of Justice, and the White House should have stood behind his Attorney General against the "bull". On one occasion in 2013, the envoy met with seven then-Democratic senators. At least eight of his closest associates have had improper contact with Russian Federation: reports in the New York Times disclosed that between 2007 and 2012 Paul Manafort, Trump's original campaign adviser, received more than $12 million in secret payments from a Putin ally in Ukraine.

During a press conference at the White House last month, Mr Trump addressed allegations of his links to Moscow. At least two other Trump associates, former adviser J.D. Gordon and then Sen.

The Senate and House intelligence committees are looking into the allegations about Russian Federation, and they deserve a chance to prove their mettle.

These allegations have involved key members of the Trump administration, including Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

If a cover-up appears to be afoot in the Justice Department or Congress, Trump's critics, inside and outside government, will go public with a vengeance.

Last week, Sessions recused himself from being involved in any future investigations into possible Russian meddling in the presidential election.

Missouri Democrat Sen. Claire McCaskill called on Mr. Sessions to resign, saying, "I've been on the Senate Armed Services Committee for 10 years, and in that time, have had no call from, or meeting with, the Russian ambassador". After these stories were reported, he tweeted on January 11, "I HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH RUSSIA - NO DEALS, NO LOANS, NO NOTHING!" - but he did. It is murkier if the contact involved communication regarding the campaign, which Sessions strongly denies.

Reporters pressed spokesman Sean Spicer for evidence to back up the president's claim during an on-camera briefing, but Spicer said that would have to be part of the congressional probes into Russia's efforts to meddle in last year's presidential election.

News on possible connections between Trump's inner circle and Russian Federation has been coming out at least since 2007, when Trump tried and failed to launch a building project in Moscow. Don't speak to people from Russian Federation ...

Sessions called a conference where he discussed the events of the past few days and closed by saying that he would recuse himself from investigations regarding Russian Federation.

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