Senate Dems demand Sessions clarify testimony on Russian Federation

Senate Dems demand Sessions clarify testimony on Russian Federation

Senate Democrats yesterday demanded that Attorney General Jeff Sessions be recalled to testify on the Trump campaign's Russia contacts after the disclosure of an effort to set up a meeting between then-Republican candidate Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

However, according to court documents unsealed this week by special counsel Robert Mueller -the chief investigator in the Russia probe- the attorney general was at a meeting in which members of the Trump campaign discussed meeting with Russian officials who claimed to have "dirt" on Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

"He had no knowledge of any conversations by anyone connected to the Trump campaign with any Russian or any foreign officials concerning any type of interference with any campaign or election in the United States", the unnamed source insisted.

To view the full article, register now. Page said the trip was unrelated to his work for the Trump campaign, CNN said.

"This is 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 Russia", Senate Judiciary Committee member Al Franken, D-Minn., wrote Thursday in a letter to Sessions. Page's Thursday testimony (disclosed to CNN by Texas Republican Rep. Mike Conaway) indicates that Sessions knew about Page's trips to Russian Federation.

Leahy echoed that concern, saying Papadopoulos' account was "impossible to reconcile with the attorney general's appearance before the [Senate] Judiciary Committee just two weeks ago". "I am deeply troubled that this newest revelation strongly suggests that the Senate ― and the American public ― can not trust your word".

CNN had also reported that the encounter Page described occurred at a dinner at the Capitol Hill Club, at which Page approached Sessions to say hello and mentioned he was headed to Russian Federation, according to a source familiar with the meeting. Papadopoulos made the offer during a meeting that both Sessions and Mr. Trump attended in March 2016.

Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in its probe of Moscow's meddling in last year's election, special counsel Robert Mueller announced Monday.

During his January 10 confirmation hearing, Sessions said he was "not aware" of anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign coordinating with the Russian government when asked about such ties by Franken.

"I'm really not involved with the Justice Department".

Sessions has been dogged over his testimony before Congress about interactions with Russians during the 2016 presidential campaign.