Things keep getting worse for Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
According to new reports, Sessions used his Senate reelection funds to cover expenses at the 2016 Republican National Convention, where he met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. This is a problem for Sessions because he claimed there was nothing inappropriate about the meeting as he was a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and the trip was not payed for with funds from that committee.
The Trump administration’s defense of Jeff Sessions hinges on the fact, they claim, he was acting as a then-U.S. senator when he talked to Russia’s ambassador at an event during last year’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Why then did Jeff Sessions pay for convention travel expenses out of political funds and why did he talk about Donald Trump’s campaign during the meeting?
According to the Wall Street Journal report, Sessions’ campaign account made two payments of $1,395 to a Cleveland hotel on July 16 of last year:
Campaign-finance-disclosure records show Mr. Sessions’ re-election campaign account was used for travel expenses in Cleveland at the same time the Republican National Convention was held in July, rather than using official funds that would pay for travel by him or other members of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
On July 16, two days before the convention began, his campaign account made two payments of $1,395 to the Sheraton Cleveland Airport. A week later, the account made two payments to the Westin Hotel in Cleveland totaling $223. All payments were described as for “lodging.”
No payments reimbursing Mr. Sessions appear in Mr. Trump’s campaign account, the records show.
This comes on the heels of reports of Session’s meetings with Kislyak and not disclosing them in his confirmation hearings that caused him to recuse himself from any further investigations involving the Trump team and their Russian ties, and has led many leading democrats to call for his resignation.