Senate Dems demand Sessions clarify testimony on Russian Federation

Saul Bowman
November 5, 2017

The same documents that disclosed the meeting show Papadopoulos has pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his contact with Russians during the 2016 campaign.

This is not the first time lawmakers have accused Sessions of withholding information from congressional testimony about interactions with or about Russians while working with the Trump campaign. "I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign and I did not have communications with the Russians".

After explaining that there is now more scrutiny surrounding assertions made by Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions around their knowledge of Russian contacts with the campaign, Smerconish finished by stating that all the complaints from Trump won't deter Mueller.

Sessions, now attorney general, has testified to Congress that he didn't know about of any people on the Trump campaign having contacts with Russians.

When Tapper asked if Sessions, now the U.S. attorney general, was "the only one on the campaign that knew about the trip", Page replied: "I mentioned it to a few people". "He looks to me like Superman, like Captain America, like justice has finally arrived back on our shores and we are going to right ourselves again". "He said Sessions did not react or comment one way or the other", Conaway said in an interview.

A source close to Sessions defended the attorney general, promising he "has been entirely truthful and consistent on this matter".


Sessions' discussion with Page will fuel further scrutiny about what the attorney general knew about connections between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation - and communications about Russian Federation that he did not disclose despite a persistent line of questioning in three separate hearings this year.

On Wednesday, Democrats said Sessions needs to clarify his comments.

Sen. John Cornyn, the No. 2 in Republican leadership who serves on the intelligence and judiciary panels, said he was unaware of Sessions' attendance at that meeting until now. However, news reports from March revealed that Sessions had met twice with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in the lead up to the 2016 USA presidential election.

"It might be worth writing a letter and saying 'What happened?' I wouldn't mind writing a letter, because he was pretty definitive he never had that discussion about Russia", Graham of SC said in an interview.

At his Senate confirmation hearing in January, Sessions denied any contacts with Russian officials during the presidential campaign. The documents seem to show George Papadopoulos was the adviser who offered to set up the meeting.

In previous interviews, Page had denied meeting with any Russian government officials during the July 2016 trip, which included visiting Moscow's New Economic School, saying he met with "mostly scholars".

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