Did Sessions mislead Congress about his interactions with Russian Federation?

Did Sessions mislead Congress about his interactions with Russian Federation?

Did Sessions mislead Congress about his interactions with Russian Federation?

The attorney general has since said that he interpreted questions from Franken and other senators to be about whether he knew of continuous, improper contacts between Trump surrogates and Russian operatives, and that he didn't.

Although Page said his comment to Sessions was only in passing and the trip was unrelated to the campaign, he statements call into question Sessions' testimony to Congress regarding the Trump campaign and any potential ties between it and Russian Federation.

Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about interactions with foreign officials close to the Russian government - the campaign's clearest connection so far to Russia's efforts to meddle in the 2016 election.

Sessions had not previously disclosed the meeting, despite being asked over multiple appearances on Capitol Hill whether he or anyone on the campaign ever discussed meeting with Russians.

Trump was also non-committal in response to a question about whether he would fire attorney-general Jeff Sessions, who he has criticised for appointing special counsel Robert Mueller to investigate potential collusion between Trump campaign officials and Russian efforts to manipulate the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. "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".

Asked about the meeting on Friday, Trump told reporters at the White House, "it was a very unimportant meeting, took place a long time, don't remember much about it".

During his January confirmation hearing to become attorney general, Sessions told the Judiciary Committee that he had had no communication with Russian officials, only to have The Post reveal in March that he had spoken twice with the Russian ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak.

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"Jeff Sessions was the head of the national security operation" in Trump's campaign, Senator Richard Blumenthal of CT, a member of the Judiciary Committee, said in an interview.

Last month he reiterated he did not know of any Trump campaign official having contact with Russian officials - a claim Senate Democrats are pushing back on.

Patrick Leahy, a member of the committee, said.

A source at the Department of Justice confirmed to HuffPost that Sessions spoke out against the idea.

The email, dated March 24, 2016, was highlighted Papadopoulos' plea agreement announced Monday.

"I would think that Carter page aspect of this is... troubling", Wallace said.

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