Carter Page met with Russian government officials during 2016 trip

06 November, 2017, 01:25 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • Jeff Sessions Under Fire As New Revelations Cast Further Doubt on His Russia Testimony

A foreign policy adviser to Donald Trump's presidential campaign met Russian government officials previous year, the New York Times reported on Friday, citing testimony he gave this week to a us congressional committee.

"Sessions should come back before [the Senate Judiciary Committee]", Schumer said on The Rachel Maddow Show.

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. A source told NBC on Thursday night that Sessions rejected Papadopoulos' proposal to set up a meeting between then-presidential candidate Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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". The Minnesota Democrat said the latest disclosure suggests that the American people "cannot trust your word". "I think the Democrats might want to be careful what they ask for".

Sessions' testimony directly contradicts an Federal Bureau of Investigation affidavit that alleges former Trump adviser George Papadopoulos spoke directly with Sessions about potentially arranging a meeting with then-candidate Trump during the 2016 election.

Sessions made similar denials in two subsequent hearings before Congress on Russian Federation since taking office. He later told CNN's Jim Sciutto the Russian official's name. The email went to "several members of the Campaign's foreign policy team", prosecutors alleged.


During a March 2016 meeting of the foreign policy advisory committee that Sessions chaired and Trump attended, Papadopoulos said he could help arrange a meeting between Trump and Putin, according to the court filing.

Last month, Sessions told the same committee he was not aware of any Trump surrogates having contacts with Russian officials.

Sessions has been dogged over his testimony before Congress about interactions with Russians during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, told CBS News there is "no question" Sessions needs to appear before Congress again in an open session to "reconcile" his testimony.

Josh Chafetz, a professor at Cornell University Law School, said lawmakers could try to use "various other tools in the congressional arsenal", from reducing Justice Department appropriations to refusing to confirm appointees reporting to him.

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