Investigators have requested Sessions’ schedules to probe whether he met Russian Ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak, on April 27, 2016, at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C., where then-candidate Trump was delivering a speech, a source told the network.
The source added that the two men had previously attended a VIP session with other diplomats.
The revelation comes as the FBI is investigating whether the Trump campaign most likely colluded with Russia. The agency is also looking into whether there were additional meetings that happened at the Mayflower that day, the sources said.
A Department of Justice spokeswoman told CNN that it’s the special counsel’s job to investigate the matter.
Acting Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate Trump-Russia links on May 17.
“We will allow him to do his job. It is unfortunate that anonymous sources whose credibility will never face public scrutiny are continuously trying to hinder that process by peddling false stories to the mainstream media,” the DOJ spokeswoman told CNN. “The facts haven’t changed; the then-Senator did not have any private or side conversations with any Russian officials at the Mayflower Hotel.”