The Washington Post’s story is sure to increase the calls for a special prosecutor to examine how Russia might have influenced the November election.
At his Jan. 10 Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing, Sessions was asked by Sen. Al Franken, a Minnesota Democrat, what he would do if he learned of any evidence that anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign communicated with the Russian government in the course of the 2016 campaign.
‘‘I’m not aware of any of those activities,’’ he responded. He added: ‘‘I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign and I did not have communications with the Russians.’’
Officials said Sessions did not consider the conversations relevant to the lawmakers’ questions and did not remember in detail what he discussed with Kislyak.
‘‘There was absolutely nothing misleading about his answer,’’ said Sarah Isgur Flores, Sessions’s spokeswoman.