Published: Sun, November 05, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

Page: I Was On Papadopoulos Email About Linking Russia Up With Campaign

Page: I Was On Papadopoulos Email About Linking Russia Up With Campaign

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 had previously testified that he had no knowledge of attempts by anyone on the campaign to cooperate with Russian Federation. "Completely unrelated to my limited volunteer role with the campaign and as I've done dozens of times throughout my life".

Nonetheless, the court filing on Papadopoulos is now being contrasted with long-disputed answers Sessions gave the Senate Judiciary Committee at his confirmation hearing about Trump's campaign, including the exchange with Franken.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is facing renewed questions over how much he knew about Russian efforts to interfere with the US election, after it was revealed this week that he attended meetings with a Trump campaign adviser who claimed to have extensive contacts with Russians.

Sessions, now attorney general, has testified to Congress that he didn't know about of any people on the Trump campaign having contacts with Russians.

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

Facing questioning from lawmakers after his appointment in January, Sessions was asked by Senator Al Franken of Minnesota what he would do as head of the Justice Department if any members of President Donald Trump's election campaign or White House staff were found to have ties with Russian agents, DW reported. He said one of the people he met was a "senior person", but would not confirm the person's identity.

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The attorney general has since said that he interpreted questions from Franken and other senators to be about whether he knew of continuous, improper contacts between Trump surrogates and Russian operatives, and that he didn't.

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

"Let's remember that this is about Russian interference in our election and that is at the very heart of our system of democracy and we're trying to find out whether the Trump campaign cooperated", Franken said.

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

The source said Sessions was not aware that Papadopoulos had been offered "dirt" on Clinton or emails.

"He needs to clarify his testimony before our committee", Judiciary Committee member Sen. His plea was made public this week. Trump denies any collusion with Russian Federation and Moscow denies interfering in the 2016 election. He has denied knowing anything about contacts between the campaign and Russians or Russian government intermediaries.

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