Sessions Rejected Adviser's Proposal for Trump-Putin Meet

Sessions Rejected Adviser's Proposal for Trump-Putin Meet

Sessions Rejected Adviser's Proposal for Trump-Putin Meet

It's possible Papadopoulos may have been at Trump events that Sessions also attended, including a dinner at the Capitol Hill Club with some members of the foreign policy committee during the summer of 2016, the person said.

It is a crime to lie under oath to Congress. Sessions says that his answers were truthful because his meetings with Kislyak weren't specifically about the campaign.

Democrats on the Senate intelligence and judiciary committees are interested in formally asking Sessions to clarify his testimony, according to a Senate aide.

Page said one of the people he met was a "senior person", but would not confirm the person's identity.

Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, who is in charge of the committee's Russian Federation investigation, confirmed to CNN that Page gave such testimony, but minimized its meaning. Both said they were unaware of any coordination between Russian officials and members of the Trump campaign.

In addition to Leahy and Blumenthal, Senators Al Franken (Minn.) and Chuck Schumer (NY) are calling for the attorney general to testify. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Sessions was asked if Page met with Russian officials "at any point during the campaign".

"We must get to the bottom of what happened so that we can prevent it from happening again, and I am deeply troubled that this newest revelation strongly suggests that the Senate - and the American public - cannot trust your word", Franken wrote.

The attorney general has since said that he interpreted questions from Franken and other senators to be about whether he knew of continuous, improper contacts between Trump surrogates and Russian operatives, and that he didn't. "Perjury is a very careful standard, but it's something that would be looked at".

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Senator Al Franken, whose exchange with Sessions in January has prompted a continuing dispute, said in a letter to Sessions on Thursday that the Papadopoulos revelations are "another example in an alarming pattern in which you, the nation's top law enforcement officer, apparently failed to tell the truth, under oath, about the Trump team's contacts with agents of Russian Federation".

According to a document describing charges against the adviser, Papadopoulos attended a "national security meeting" in DC with then-candidate Trump and other foreign policy advisers, on March 31 2016. "I sent him a letter and I would like for him to come before the judiciary meeting again and explain himself".

The meeting has become a focal point this week because it was revealed that Papadopoulos pleaded guilty last month to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about contacts he had during the campaign with people with purported ties to the Russian government.

Sessions replied, "I have not seen anything that would indicate collusion with the Russians to impact the campaign".

At the time of that article, a spokeswoman for Sessions declined to comment.

Gordon said that he did not fault Sessions for not recalling things that Papadopoulos said in private settings, noting that thousands of people approached the campaign, "including many, many true volunteers".

Sessions said, "I did not, and I'm not aware of anyone else that did".

"I was one of many people on that email chain", the perpetually chatty Page told CNN's Jake Tapper in an on-air interview.

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