US Senate Democrats demand that Sessions testify again on Russian Federation

06 November, 2017, 00:25 | Author: Julio Duncan
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"I don't make anything sinister out of it", Conaway told CNN.

It was revealed earlier this week that Papadopoulos had pleaded guilty to lying to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents about his contacts with a Kremlin-linked professor who boasted that the Russians had "thousands of emails" of dirt on former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBlumenthal: Trump-tied data firm reaching out to WikiLeaks "significant" Tillerson eliminates key State Department sanctions office: report Intel Dem: What's in dossier more important than who paid for it MORE.

Papadopoulos told Mueller that not only was Sessions at the meeting on March 31, 2016, he opposed the idea that Trump sit down with Papadopoulos' contacts. In that capacity, he oversaw foreign policy George Papadopoulos adviser and encouraged him to meet with Russian contacts.

Russia's role in the 2016 presidential election and whether anyone on the Trump campaign coordinated with Russian officials during the race is the subject of a law enforcement investigation headed by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Sessions "needs to come back before the committee, in person, under oath, to explain why he can not seem to provide truthful, complete answers", Senator Patrick Leahy, the panel's senior Democrat, said in a statement. Jeff Sessions, when he said "he had connections that could help arrange a meeting between then-candidate Trump and President [Vladimir] Putin". Al Franken, D-Minn., that he had no communications with Russian officials during the campaign. "As far as Sessions seemed to be concerned, when he shut down this idea of Papadopoulos engaging with Russian Federation, that was the end of it and he moved the meeting along to other issues".

Sessions has been dogged over his testimony before Congress about interactions with Russians during the 2016 presidential campaign. But on Thursday, the person familiar with Sessions' recollections said, "the attorney general has no clear recollection of this person".


Both Papadopoulos' and Page's statements appear to cast doubt on comments made by Sessions to the Senate multiple times since his confirmation hearing in early January, as well as remarks made by the president.

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".

Democratic sources who requested anonymity said Republican Chuck Grassley, the committee chairman, is resisting the Democrats' demands to recall Sessions.

"I'm not aware of any of those activities", said Sessions in an indirect response to Franken's question.

The Justice Department declined to comment, and Trump denies any collusion. "When they can't keep their stories straight, it does seems very suspicious to me, so I want the Attorney General to answer questions".

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