Cam­paign col­lu­sion with Rus­sia a ‘de­testable lie’

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WASH­ING­TON: US At­tor­ney-Gen­eral Jeff Ses­sions has strongly de­nied al­leged in­volve­ment in any col­lu­sion with Rus­sia dur­ing last year’s pres­i­den­tial cam­paign by Don­ald Trump, call­ing it an “ap­palling and de­testable lie”.

“The sug­ges­tion that I par­tic­i­pated in any col­lu­sion or that I was aware of any col­lu­sion with the Rus­sian gov­ern­ment to hurt or to un­der­mine the in­tegrity of our demo­cratic process, is an ap­palling and de­testable lie,” he told law­mak­ers when tes­ti­fy­ing be­fore the US Se­nate In­tel­li­gence Com­mit­tee.

“Not one thing hap­pened that was im­proper” in his two meet­ings with Rus­sian Am­bas­sador Sergey Kislyak dur­ing the 2016 cam­paign, said Ses­sions, who was then an Alabama se­na­tor and a close Trump ad­viser.

Ses­sions also de­nied that he had a third, un­re­ported meet­ing with the Rus­sian am­bas­sador dur­ing the cam­paign that made Trump US pres­i­dent.

“I have never met or had any con­ver­sa­tions with any Rus­sians or any for­eign of­fi­cials con­cern­ing any type of in­ter­fer­ence with any cam­paign or elec­tion in the United States,” Trump’s top lawyer said.

“Fur­ther, I have no knowl­edge of any such con­ver­sa­tions by any­one con­nected with the Trump cam­paign,” Ses­sions told the hear­ing.

US in­tel­li­gence agen­cies have con­cluded that Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin or­dered an ef­fort to in­ter­fere in the US pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, in­clud­ing hack­ing and dis­clos­ing dam­ag­ing e-mails against Trump’s ri­val, Demo­cratic can­di­date Hil­lary Clin­ton.

Rus­sia has de­nied any such in­ter­fer­ence, and Trump has de­nied any col­lu­sion with Rus­sia.

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