Senate Dems demand Sessions clarify testimony on Russian Federation

Katrina Barker
November 6, 2017

News that he had mentioned the visit to Attorney General Jeff Sessions drew headlines, as it complicated Sessions' claims that he did not know about the Trump campaign's Russian Federation contacts. Jeff Sessions, when he said "he had connections that could help arrange a meeting between then-candidate Trump and President [Vladimir] Putin".

"I don't think he told me the truth", Franken told ABC News.

Also, it was only a matter of time before people began speculating who would be cast to play him in the inevitable made-for-TV movie about Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation campaign-meddling investigation. When Page spoke with CNN's Jake Tapper on Friday afternoon, he said he had only met with academics and a few business people whom he had "known for over a decade". "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".

Reported testimony from former campaign policy adviser Carter Page only adds to questions about what Sessions knew. Many objected over the summer when Trump fumed at Sessions for recusing himself from the Russian Federation investigation and began hinting he would fire his attorney general. "He may have been at future Trump events that Sessions attended - including a dinner at the Capitol Hill Club with some members of the foreign policy committee over the summer - but Sessions doesn't recall any further interactions with him, including any phone calls or emails".

President Donald Trump's former campaign national co-chair Sam Clovis has ixnayed his own nomination to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's top scientist post.

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.

Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) on Friday slammed Attorney General Jeff Sessions for not telling him the truth during his January confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, and again in October during a separate congressional hearing.

"He now needs to come back before the Committee, in person, under oath, to explain why he can not seem to provide truthful, complete answers to these important and relevant questions", Leahy said in a statement.

"I was one of many people on that e-mail chain", Page said. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. "There were questions that elicited exactly the kind of information that the Papadopoulos plea agreement made".

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