Sessions jokes of Russian ambassador from site of scrutinized 2016 speech

Sessions and the ambassador both attended a Trump speech in April 2016.

"I just was thinking, I should want to ask you: Is Ambassador [Sergey] Kislyak in the room?" he said, to laughter. "Before I get started here. Any Russians? Anybody been to Russia? Got a cousin in Russia or something?"

The White House has said that the attorney general and Kislyak simply happened to attend the same speech and did not meet during the event.

"To state they met or that a meeting took place is disingenuous and absurd," said a senior White House official in March.