Trump has memory lapse over meeting about Russian officials

Trump has memory lapse over meeting about Russian officials

Trump has memory lapse over meeting about Russian officials

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. 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.

Sessions has been quiet on his involvement at the session, despite being asked about it multiple times during several appearances on Capitol Hill.

During his confirmation hearing in January, Sessions told Sen.

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

Papadopoulos - who boasted of his Russian connection in at least one meeting Sessions attended - pleaded guilty to lying about the timing of those contacts, becoming the first person who served on Trump's campaign to admit to committing a crime.

Page also told Tapper that he was not in the March 2016 meeting where Papadopoulos initially suggested the Russian Federation meeting. "The attorney general immediately dismissed it and moved on".

Papadopoulos said in the email that he was acting "to arrange a meeting between us and the Russian leadership to discuss U.S. -Russia ties under President Trump", court records indicate.

Reported testimony from former campaign policy adviser Carter Page only adds to questions about what Sessions knew.

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

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A source close to Sessions defended the attorney general, promising he "has been entirely truthful and consistent on this matter".

"I had a very brief hello to a couple of people". Other officials include Trump's former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, his son-in-law Jared Kushner, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

"I'm really not involved with the Justice Department".

Last month, Sessions testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee that neither he nor anyone else was in contact with Russian operatives during the election cycle. Democrats on the committee, including Franken, are now arguing that statement may have been false, too.

"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 said in a statement.

The email, dated March 24, 2016, was highlighted Papadopoulos' plea agreement announced Monday. Christopher Coons, D-Del., another member of the Judiciary Committee.

It is the latest example to emerge of a Trump aide meeting with Russian officials during the 2016 election after initially denying that such contacts occurred.

But Chris Wallace warns that any Democrats thinking about wanting to push Sessions out of office might want to reconsider.

"I was one of many people on that e-mail chain", Page said. "He should be honest and disclose all truths, especially when he is under oath or testifying before the United States Congress". Kamala Harris, D-Calif., a member of the panel.

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