Fresh scrutiny for Sessions on Capitol Hill amid Russian Federation probe

Geneva Matthews
November 5, 2017

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.

This is not the first time lawmakers have accused Sessions of withholding information from congressional testimony about interactions with or about Russians while working with the Trump campaign.

Democrats on the Senate intelligence and judiciary committees are interested in formally asking Sessions to clarify his testimony, according to a Senate aide.

The TV personality, who has been engaged in a decade-long feud with Trump, was quick to praise Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his ongoing probe into possible ties between Trump's 2016 campaign and Russian Federation.

But Sessions, who was a top surrogate for Trump during the campaign, did not disclose these discussions despite a persistent set of questions from Democrats and some Republicans about Russian Federation during multiple hearings on Capitol Hill.

Sessions replied, "I have not seen anything that would indicate collusion with Russians to impact the campaign". But on Thursday, the person familiar with Sessions' recollections said, "the attorney general has no clear recollection of this person".

The source said the request for clarification could take several forms, such as having Sessions testify again or submitting a clarification in writing, but that has not yet been determined.

"He seems to have problems telling the truth on this subject", Franken said of Sessions.

"Was that what you were saying - you don't believe that surrogates from the Trump campaign had communications with the Russians?"

Sen. Pat Leahy, D-Vt., another member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, called on Sessions to return to Capitol Hill. An Instagram picture on Trump's account shows Sessions attended the meeting at which Papadopoulos made the suggestion.

Russian Federation says it did not interfere in the election and Trump has denied any collusion.

"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.

It is a crime to lie under oath to Congress. Sessions says that his answers were truthful because his meetings with Kislyak weren't specifically about the campaign.

Senator Chuck Grassley, the Iowa Republican who's chairman of the committee, said he needs to look at the issue before commenting.

According to aides to Sessions who weren't authorized to speak publicly about the matter, the attorney general did not give false testimony and disputes any description of the March 31 meeting that suggests Papadopoulos informed those present that he was in contact with the Russian government.

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