Page: I Was On Papadopoulos Email About Linking Russia Up With Campaign

Page: I Was On Papadopoulos Email About Linking Russia Up With Campaign

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

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.

"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, a former chairman of the Judiciary Committee, told The New York Times.

"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. Both said they were unaware of any coordination between Russian officials and members of the Trump campaign.

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.

He added: "I certainly think it's a legitimate area of inquiry" for lawmakers to pursue.

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Senate Republicans have not rushed to Sessions's defense but were less ruffled about his participation in the Papadopoulos meeting.

Sessions repeated that claim in written testimony to the committee, despite multiple meetings with the Russian envoy Sergey Kislyak during the campaign.

In a letter sent Thursday, Franken demanded Sessions explain the discrepancy.

"Jeff Sessions concealed his meetings with the Russians and he had an obligation to be more forthcoming about meetings that involved Papadopoulos", said Sen. At least two Democratic members of the Senate judiciary committee, Al Franken of Minnesota and Patrick Leahy of Vermont, have asked the FBI to investigate whether Sessions committed perjury during his confirmation hearings.

"Back in June 2016, I mentioned in passing that I happened to be planning to give a speech at a university in Moscow".

At the time of that article, a spokeswoman for Sessions declined to comment.

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Franken asked Sessions during his confirmation hearing on Jan 10 what he would do "if there is any evidence that anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign communicated with the Russian government in the course of this campaign". In the plea deal documents released by Mueller on Monday, Papadopoulos recounted a meeting in which he suggested setting up a meeting with then-candidate Trump and some Russians he knew with potentially damaging information about Clinton.

Conaway said that Page was "fulsome" in his answers and he answered all of the questions the committee asked.

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". Some members said his testimony will help move the investigation forward, though Page told the committee that the Trump campaign made him sign a non-disclosure agreement.

"The March 31 comments by this Papadopoulos person did not leave a lasting impression", the person said.

"I was very troubled by Attorney General Sessions comments overall", said Sen.

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