The Justice Department released a heavily redacted page from Attorney General Jeff Sessions' application for a security clearance on which Sessions indicated he never had contact with any foreign government.
The document, known as the Standard Form 86, or SF-86, was released early Thursday morning to American Oversight after the group sued the Justice Department and the FBI over a Freedom of Information Act request.
"It's one thing to know that the Attorney General lied on his security clearance form, but it's another to see a potential felony in black and white," Austin Evers, executive director of American Oversight said in a statement. "Mr. Sessions has advised federal prosecutors across the country to charge defendants with the most serious crimes, carrying the toughest penalties. Special Counsel Robert Mueller should take him at his word."
"Making false statements in a security clearance application can be a felony, and American Oversight is deeply concerned that Trump administration political appointees may be interfering in the FOIA process to protect the Attorney General from the release of potentially incriminating information," Evers continued.
American Oversight filed a FOIA request in March requesting sections of Sessions' SF-86. When the Justice Department and the FBI failed to release the records, American Oversight filed a lawsuit in April.
Last month, a U.S. district court judge gave the Justice Department one month to make public the page of Sessions' security clearance application on which he was supposed to list contacts he had with foreign officials.
That deadline was Wednesday, June 12.
The Justice Department initially withheld the document, but then produced the single page of the SF-86 on Thursday, one day after the deadline passed.
On the released SF-86, Sessions checked a box stating he did not have any contact with a foreign government in the past seven years. However, further details are redacted under a privacy exemption.
During his confirmation process, Sessions failed to disclose meetings he attended with Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak and omitted contacts from his security clearance application.
But the Justice Department said a representative from the FBI told Sessions not to include meetings he had with Russian officials if they happened in his capacity as a senator.
The attorney general later admitted to speaking with Kislyak at least twice last year, but rebuked allegations he was working with the Russian government.
"The suggestion that I participated in any collusion, that I was aware of any collusion with the Russian government, or hurt this country which I have served with honor for 35 years, or to undermine the integrity of our democratic process, is an appalling and detestable lie," Sessions said during a hearing last month.