WSJ: Obama’s agencies investigated Jeff Sessions a year ago – report 3/2/2017

The Wall Street Journal, the left-leaning newspaper (fair and conservative views are mostly printed on their opinion page, if any) reported on 02 March 2017[1]:

Investigators Probed Jeff Sessions’ Contacts With Russian Officials
During confirmation hearing, Sessions testified under oath he had no contact with Russia as a campaign surrogate
By CAROL E. LEE, CHRISTOPHER S. STEWART, ROB BARRY and SHANE HARRIS
March 2, 2017

U.S. investigators have examined contacts Attorney General Jeff Sessions had with Russian officials during the time he was advising Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, according to people familiar with the matter…

The focus of the U.S. counterintelligence investigation has been on communications between Trump campaign officials and Russia. The inquiry involving Mr. Sessions is examining his contacts while serving as Mr. Trump’s foreign-policy adviser in the spring and summer of 2016, one person familiar with the matter said.

The investigation is being pursued by the FBI, Central Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency and Treasury Department, officials have said. Counterintelligence probes seldom lead to public accusations or criminal charges…

The FBI’s role in the investigation into Mr. Sessions’ conversations left the agency “wringing its hands” about how to proceed, said one person familiar with the matter.

Source:
[1] WSJ: “Investigators Probed Jeff Sessions’ Contacts With Russian Officials” (2 March 2017)
*https://www.wsj.com/articles/investigators-probed-jeff-sessions-contacts-with-russian-officials-1488424871

Related:
Obama’s FBI got FISA warrant to spy on Trump’s campaign – report 11/7/2016
The Guardian: Obama’s FBI got warrant to spy on Trump team – report 1/11/2017
NYT: Obama extended spying powers to National Security Agency (NSA) – report 1/12/2017
McClatchy: Trump’s campaign investigated by Obama’s FBI and 5 other agencies – report 1/18/2017
NYT: Obama got info from wiretapped communications – report 1/19/2017
NYT: Obama’s counterintelligence officials monitored Trump’s advisers – report 2/9/2017
NYT: Obama rushed to spread & preserve intelligence on Trump – report 3/1/2017

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