Six of President Trump's aides have now admitted to speaking with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak last year, stoking further suspicion about the Trump campaign's ties to Russia. Additional meetings came to light following Attorney General Jeff Sessions' announcement Thursday that he would recuse himself from any investigations into Trump's campaign, a decision that itself resulted from reports Wednesday night that Sessions met twice with Kislyak during the election, seemingly contradictory to statements he made under oath during his Senate confirmation hearing. Later Thursday, the White House revealed ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn and senior adviser Jared Kushner had also met briefly with Kislyak in an "introductory meeting" in December, and it was also reported that three of Trump's former national security advisers spoke with Kislyak at the Republican National Convention in July. Trump and his team have repeatedly denied any inappropriate contact with Russia.

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