Throughout Donald Trump's presidency there's been the lingering stench of allegations that members of his campaign may have colluded with the Russian government to meddle with the 2016 election. And now one of the most prominent members in Trump's cabinet is being interviewed as part of Robert Mueller's investigation into those allegations. And that cabinet member is none other than Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
The New York Times reported that Sessions was interviewed by several hours by Mueller and his team in their investigation of Russia election meddling and whether President Trump has obstructed justice since taking office. Sessions was in charge of Trump's foreign policy team during the 2016 election, and helped formulate the president's policy towards the country. He also met with representatives of the Russian government during the election.
Ironically, Sessions at one point was technically in charge of the Russia investigation as the head of the Department of Justice. However, last March he recused himself from all Russia-related investigations after it came out that Sessions had met with Russia's ambassador to the U.S. twice during the 2016 campaign. A few months later, President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, who was in the middle of investigating Russia meddling in the election. This led Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to appoint Robert Mueller as an independent prosecutor to investigate the issue. Trump was apparently so mad at Sessions for allowing Mueller's appointment that the Attorney General nearly resigned, but eventually was convinced to stay in the administration.
The biggest controversy involving Sessions is a meeting that occurred during the campaign where an advisor to Trump, George Papadopoulos, proposed the candidate meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin. In October, Papadopoulos pled guilty to lying to authorities about his contact with the Russian government.
While it's unlikely Sessions gave Mueller any information that could possibly take down Trump, it is noteworthy because he is the first member of the cabinet to be interviewed as part of the investigation.
(h/t New York Times)