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Trump has memory lapse over meeting about Russian officials

Trump has memory lapse over meeting about Russian officials

The same documents that disclosed the meeting show Papadopoulos has pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his contact with Russians during the 2016 campaign.

During his January confirmation hearing to become attorney general, Sessions told the Judiciary Committee that he had had no communication with Russian officials, only to have The Washington Post reveal in March that he had spoken twice with the Russian ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak.

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.

But Sessions, who was a top surrogate for Trump during the campaign, did not disclose these discussions despite a persistent set of questions from Democrats and some Republicans about Russian Federation during multiple hearings on Capitol Hill.

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

In a written questionnaire to the Senate Judiciary Committee during his confirmation, Sessions also told the panel he was not in contact with anyone associated with the Russian government - despite the fact that Sessions met twice with Sergey Kislyak, then the Russian ambassador to the US, during the campaign.

Asked who else was informed, Page played coy, saying, "It will come out".

Although Page said his comment to Sessions was only in passing and the trip was unrelated to the campaign, he statements call into question Sessions' testimony to Congress regarding the Trump campaign and any potential ties between it and Russian Federation.

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"He seems to have problems telling the truth on this subject", Franken said of Sessions.

At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on October 18, Sen. He also testified that he was "not aware" of anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign communicating with the Russians.

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

While Democrats made clear that the Papadopoulos revelations raise new questions about whether Sessions told the truth to Congress, there was little indication they'd pursue the politically and legally uncertain possibility that the nation's top law enforcement official could be prosecuted for perjury.

"Back in June 2016, I mentioned in passing that I happened to be planning to give a speech at a university in Moscow".

Russian Federation says it did not interfere in the election and Trump has denied any collusion.

Conaway said that Page was "fulsome" in his answers and he answered all of the questions the committee asked.

Last month, Sessions told the same committee he was not aware of any Trump surrogates having contacts with Russian officials.


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