News reports say Sessions met with the Ambassador in July and September.
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/poli ... /98630456/
March 2, 2017
Sessions was more than Trump surrogate in meetings with Russian envoy
WASHINGTON — At the time Jeff Sessions met with the Russian ambassador to the United States during the midst of last year's bitter campaign, the Alabama senator was not only serving as a surrogate for candidate Donald Trump but had been named chairman of the campaign's National Security Advisory Committee.
Justice Department officials have said that Sessions' contacts, which he did not disclose during questioning during his confirmation hearing as President Trump's attorney general nominee, had nothing to do with the campaign and were confined to his service as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Yet, when Trump announced Sessions' appointment to chair the campaign committee, he directly referenced the senator's long service on the powerful Senate panel among his credentials as an influential political and policy adviser.
"Sen. Sessions has been on the Armed Services Committee for almost 20 years and is chairman of the Strategic Forces Subcommittee,'' the Trump campaign announced last March. <snip>
http://www.politico.com/blogs/2016-gop- ... tee-220220
Trump names Sessions chairman of national security committee
Donald Trump has named Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions the chairman of his national security advisory committee, the Republican frontrunner's campaign announced Thursday evening.
Sessions, who became the first senator to endorse Trump earlier this week, will advise the candidate on matters of foreign policy and national security.
"We need to understand the limits of our ability to intervene successfully in other nations," said Sessions, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, in a statement. "It is time for a healthy dose of foreign policy realism. In the Middle East, this means forming partnerships based on shared interests, not merely overthrowing regimes in the dangerous attempt to plant democracies."
The announcement by Trump comes while he's trying to pivot to the general election with a "common-sense conservative" message, as he put it when discussing his views on Planned Parenthood on Tuesday. Trump's campaign said it will announce more advisers on national security and on other issues "over the next few weeks." <SNIP>
Press Release from the campaign site: Paid for by Donald J. Trump for President, Inc.I am unable to ARCHIVE this. The result does not show the text. It displays a prove you are not a robot thing. My screen shots are crummy also.
https://www.donaldjtrump.com/press-rele ... f-national
MARCH 03, 2016 -
DONALD J. TRUMP ANNOUNCES SENATOR SESSIONS AS CHAIRMAN OF NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Senator Sessions to Provide Strategic Counsel to Mr. Trump on Foreign Policy and Homeland Security
(New York, NY) March 3rd, 2016 – Today Donald J. Trump announced Senator Jeff Sessions, who has advised the GOP frontrunner on issues such as trade and immigration and endorsed Mr. Trump on Sunday in Alabama, will serve as Chairman of Mr. Trump’s National Security Advisory Committee. Senator Sessions has been on the Armed Services Committee for almost 20 years and is Chairman of the Strategic Forces Subcommittee.
Mr. Trump stated, “It is an honor to have Jeff as a member of the team. I have such great respect for him and I look forward to working with him on the issues most important to Americans.”
Senator Sessions added, "I am grateful for the opportunity to recommend and facilitate discussions among exceptional and experienced American military and diplomatic leaders to share insight and advice with Donald Trump, regardless of their political views. Mr. Trump and the American people know our country needs a clear-eyed foreign policy rooted in the national interest. We need to understand the limits of our ability to intervene successfully in other nations. It is time for a healthy dose of foreign policy realism. In the Middle East, this means forming partnerships based on shared interests, not merely overthrowing regimes in the dangerous attempt to plant democracies. We must also combat the refugee crisis by creating regional safe zones, rather than depopulating the region by migration. The only path to long-term stability and resolution of this humanitarian crisis for the United States and our European allies is to work towards the safe return of migrants to their home countries, as Mr. Trump has noted. This strategy will also protect our own national security.”
Sessions continued, “A national-interest foreign policy, combined with a military second to none, stands in contrast to interventionist ideas that could enmesh us further in the region's chaos. After over a decade of war and conflict, this country has a host of smart, experienced, and proven leaders. That wisdom must be sought. These meetings will be the beginning of a process that Mr. Trump has called for and which he believes must result in a clear and realistic bipartisan global strategy that will guide our nation for years to come.”
Mr. Trump will continue to announce members of his National Security Advisory Committee and other advisors on key issues over the next few weeks.
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https://www.donaldjtrump.com/press-rele ... ry-council
OCTOBER 07, 2016 -
New members of the national security advisory council include: KT McFarland, Congressman Mike McCaul, Senator Tom Cotton, Senator Richard Burr, Jim Woolsey, Tom Barrack, Congressman Darrell Issa, Senator Bob Corker, Senator Jim Inhofe, Charlie Glazer and John Ashcroft.
These new members will add to the already strong team comprised of Senator Jeff Sessions, General Mike Flynn, Tom Stewart, Bert Mizusawa, Bob McEwan, Chuck Kubic, Jay Garner, Keith Kellogg, Gary Harrell, Bob Magnus, Jim Hoskins and Rudy Giuliani.