Senate Dems demand Sessions clarify testimony on Russian Federation

"It was a brief comment as we were walking towards the elevator after having a dinner together", Page, who testified about his Russian connections Thursday before the House Intelligence Committee, told Jake Tapper on CNN.

Earlier this week, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and former Trump campaign official Rick Gates surrendered to special counsel Robert Mueller, and another former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser, George Papadopoulos, pleaded guilty to making a false statement to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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.

"This is another example in an alarming pattern in which you, the nation's top law enforcement officer, apparently failed to tell the truth, under oath, about the Trump team's contacts with agents of Russia", Senate Judiciary Committee member Al Franken, D-Minn., wrote Thursday in a letter to Sessions. Page said the trip was unrelated to his work for the Trump campaign, CNN said. Sessions, who is now the United States attorney general and was an early supporter of Trump's campaign, to say hello and mentioned he was headed to Russian Federation.

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". "As far as Sessions seemed to be concerned, when he shut down this idea of Papadopoulos engaging with Russian Federation, that was the end of it and he moved the meeting along to other issues".

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

"He needs to clarify his testimony before our committee", said Judiciary Committee member Sen. Coal industry advocate tapped for mining regulator Bipartisan groups call on DOJ to scrutinize AT&T-Time Warner merger MORE "absolutely" committed perjury when he told lawmakers earlier this year that he was unaware of any contacts between Trump campaign officials and Russians.

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

Following the Post report, Sessions recused himself from the Justice Department's Russian Federation probes - an action that infuriated Trump.

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

"Sen. Franken, I'm not aware of any of those activities", Sessions told Franken.

  • Kyle Peterson