Trump lies about personal meeting with Russian Ambassador Kislyak despite prior statements he had no meeting with any Russian official during 2016 campaign.

Trump lies about personal meeting with Russian Ambassador Kislyak despite prior statements he had no meeting with any Russian official during 2016 campaign.

Trump personally met with Russian ambassador during campaign. Trump has repeatedly denied meeting with any Russian officials as a candidate.

Trump personally met with the Russian ambassador on April 27, 2016, prior to a major foreign policy speech. The Wall Street Journal, in a report that was little-noticed at the time but was recently picked up by AMERICABlog News, reported the meeting last year.

A few minutes before he made those remarks, Mr. Trump met at a VIP reception with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Ivanovich Kislyak. Mr. Trump warmly greeted Mr. Kislyak and three other foreign ambassadors who came to the reception.

More on this story from ThinkProgress here.

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Sessions failed to disclose meetings with Russian ambassador likely perjuring himself at confirmation hearing. 

Sessions failed to disclose meetings with Russian ambassador likely perjuring himself at confirmation hearing. 

Attorney General Jeff Sessions met twice last year with the top Russian diplomat in Washington whose interactions with President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser Mike Flynn led to Flynn’s firing, according to the Justice Department.

Sessions did not mention either meeting during his confirmation hearings when he said he knew of no contacts between Trump surrogates and Russians. A Justice official said Sessions didn’t mislead senators during his confirmation. More on this developing story from CNN here.

Vitaly I. Churkin, the Russian ambassador to the United Nations, dead at 64

Vitaly I. Churkin, the Russian ambassador to the United Nations, dead at 64

UNITED NATIONS — Vitaly I. Churkin, the Russian ambassador to the United Nations, who represented his country through times of domestic tumult and rising tensions with the West, died on Monday morning while at work in Manhattan. He would have turned 65 on Tuesday.

The Russian government said he died suddenly but did not specify a cause. The New York City police said there were no indications of foul play. More from the New York Times here.


National Security Director Michael Flynn did have discussions related to sanctions with Russian ambassador in violation of Logan Act despite prior denials. 

National Security Director Michael Flynn did have discussions related to sanctions with Russian ambassador in violation of Logan Act despite prior denials.

But current and former American officials said that conversation — which took place the day before the Obama administration imposed sanctions on Russia over accusations that it used cyberattacks to help sway the election in Mr. Trump’s favor — ranged far beyond the logistics of a post-inauguration phone call. And they said it was only one in a series of contacts between the two men that began before the election and also included talk of cooperating in the fight against the Islamic State, along with other issues.

The officials said that Mr. Flynn had never made explicit promises of sanctions relief, but that he had appeared to leave the impression it would be possible. More details from the Washington Post here.