According to documents unsealed Monday, Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos, who pleaded guilty to making a false statement to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, frequently communicated with Russians about arranging a meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, and even pitched a potential summit to Sessions and Trump at a meeting of the then-candidate's foreign policy team on March 31, 2016. The new information is renewing attention to how forthcoming Sessions has been with Congress.
At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on October 18, Sen.
In his traditional Friday appearance on Shepard Smith Reporting, Wallace noted that a new Attorney General might be inclined to get involved in the Russian Federation probe, which Sessions has recused himself from.
According to court documents released Monday, Papadopoulos said he was in a meeting with Trump and other advisers, including then-Sen. Near the end of the dinner, Page approached Sessions to say hello and thanked the then-senator for the dinner, and Page also mentioned he was headed to Russian Federation.
Asked if Sessions should amend his testimony before his committee, Grassley told CNN: "I'm looking into it".
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". But court documents filed this week by Special Counsel Robert Mueller revealed that George Papadopoulos, an unpaid foreign policy adviser, said he had interactions with Russians and was told Moscow had "dirt" on Democrat Hillary Clinton. His reaction was confirmed with another source who had discussed Sessions' role.
Senate Republicans have not rushed to Sessions's defense but were less ruffled about his participation in the Papadopoulos meeting. He later acknowledged that he met then-Russian ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak twice during the campaign.
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Sessions said, "I did not, and I'm not aware of anyone else that did". Sessions didn't respond and moved on to the next person waiting to shake his hand, this source said.
Franken added, "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-a hostile foreign power that interfered in the 2016 election".
Blumenthal wrote Sessions that he should "immediately come before the Senate Judiciary Committee to update [his] testimony and correct any omissions and any statements that may have been incorrect or misleading". In testimony to the Senate Judiciary committee, Sessions has denied knowing anything about contacts between the campaign and Russians or Russian government intermediaries.
On Wednesday, Democrats said Sessions needs to clarify his comments.
Last month, Sessions told the same committee he was not aware of any Trump surrogates having contacts with Russian officials.
"I think there are many more questions for Jeff Sessions", said Sen. "When they can't keep their stories straight, it does seems very suspicious to me, so I want the Attorney General to answer questions".