Sergey Kislyak Can’t Name All Trump Officials He’s Met: ‘The List is So Long’
Sergey Kislyak, the controversial former Russian ambassador to the United States, says he could ramble on about his contact with people in Trumpworld and still not cover everything.
Kislyak recently gave an interview to state-owned TV station Russia-1, and CNBC flagged the moment when he rejected the notion that Russia meddled with the 2016 presidential election. In the same segment, the ambassador was asked about how many officials he has spoken to within the Trump administration.
“First, I’m never going to do that,” answered Kislyak. “And second, the list is so long that I’m not going to be able to go through it in 20 minutes.”
For the past several months, Kislyak’s interactions with those connected to the president have been a source of intrigue for Congressional investigators. Former National Security adviser Michael Flynn, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and White House adviser Jared Kushner have all drawn scrutiny after they failed to disclose various conversations they had with the ambassador.
Kislyak’s interview comes after Sessions faced extensive questioning this week, when the House Judiciary Committee asked him about inconsistencies in his previous testimony about how he had no knowledge about any contact between the Trump campaign and Russia. It also comes after the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee said Kushner didn’t disclose his connections to WikiLeaks and other bits of information pertaining to Russia.
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