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Sessions' talks with Russian ambassador were not related to campaign -White House

Demonstrators organized by hold a protest rally outside the Department of Justice demanding the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions in Washington March 2, 2017. REUTERS/James Lawler Duggan

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (Reuters) - The conversations U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions had last year with Russia’s ambassador were not related to his role advising the Trump campaign but solely to his work as a U.S. senator, the White House said on Thursday.

“He was clearly conducting himself as a United States senator,” White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters aboard Air Force One. “This is what senators do.”

Reporting by Ayesha Rascoe; Writing by Tim Ahmann; Editing by Sandra Maler