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Published: Mon, November 06, 2017
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

Page: Conversation with Sessions about Russian Federation trip was 'a brief comment'

Page: Conversation with Sessions about Russian Federation trip was 'a brief comment'

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

A former Trump campaign aide withdrew from consideration to be the top scientist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Thursday amid scrutiny of his scientific credentials and his ties to the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. A post on Trump's Instagram account shows the March 31, 2016, meeting taking place, with the candidate, Sessions and Papadopoulos all present. Various news outlets Wednesday unveiled Clovis as the unnamed "campaign supervisor" in Mueller's indictments, with whom George Papadopoulos exchanged emails about meeting with suspected Russian officials.

That 2016 offer was revealed Monday, when Special Counsel Robert Mueller unsealed court documents relating to his investigation of Russian efforts to influence the election.

Sessions "needs to come back before the committee, in person, under oath, to explain why he can not seem to provide truthful, complete answers", Senator Patrick Leahy, the panel's senior Democrat, said in a statement.

Carter Page, a former foreign policy adviser to Donald Trump's campaign, said Friday that his mention of an upcoming trip to Russian Federation to Jeff Sessions was "a brief comment as we were walking toward the elevator". Jeff Sessions, when he said "he had connections that could help arrange a meeting between then-candidate Trump and President [Vladimir] Putin".

In addition to Leahy and Blumenthal, Senators Al Franken (Minn.) and Chuck Schumer (NY) are calling for the attorney general to testify.

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. But on Thursday, the person familiar with Sessions' recollections said, "the attorney general has no clear recollection of this person".

Democratic sources who requested anonymity said Republican Chuck Grassley, the committee chairman, is resisting the Democrats' demands to recall Sessions.

"He needs to clarify his testimony before our committee", said Judiciary Committee member Sen.

During his January 10 confirmation hearing, Sessions said he was "not aware" of anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign coordinating with the Russian government when asked about such ties by Franken.

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.

"What happens if you get a new Attorney General - and the Democrats can't blame the president because they are the ones pushing them out - and then this new guy comes and says, 'Guess what?"

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