Published: Mon, November 06, 2017
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

US Senate Democrats demand that Sessions testify again on Russian Federation

US Senate Democrats demand that Sessions testify again on Russian Federation

Sam Clovis was the first of President Trump's nominees to withdraw from consideration after he was among the names of President Trump's campaign officials involved with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe.

Former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos's contacts with Russian officials and the March meeting surfaced in court filings connected with Papadopoulos's guilty plea in the Mueller probe.

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Democratic Senators Richard Blumenthal (Conn.) and Patrick Leahy (Vt.) issued statements demanding Sessions testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Last month, Sessions testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee that neither he nor anyone else was in contact with Russian operatives during the election cycle.

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.

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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". The call for more testimony came amidst revelations that Sessions may have committed perjury during his confirmation hearing. "I am deeply troubled that this newest revelation strongly suggests that the Senate ― and the American public ― can not trust your word". The document says when Papadopoulos introduced himself to the group he mentioned having connections that could help the campaign arrange a meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

A source familiar with the meeting told Fox News that it "seems clear that the people who remember the conversation believed that Papadopoulos was proposing a prospective idea of using his "Russian contacts" to try to set up a meeting between Trump and Putin, which was immediately rejected by then-Senator Sessions".

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.

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. "If I were Sessions, I wouldn't have recalled it either".

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'm really not involved with the Justice Department".

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