Senators on Thursday called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to explain why, during his testimony before various committees, he denied the Trump campaign communicated with Russian officials and failed to disclose that a Trump adviser offered to set up a meeting between the candidate and Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2016. In the plea deal documents released by Mueller on Monday, Papadopoulos recounted a meeting in which he suggested setting up a meeting with then-candidate Trump and some Russians he knew with potentially damaging information about Clinton.
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"The political climate inside Washington has made it impossible for me to receive balanced and fair consideration for this position", Clovis said in a resignation letter to Trump, according to a Politico report.
"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. Page's Thursday testimony (disclosed to CNN by Texas Republican Rep. Mike Conaway) indicates that Sessions knew about Page's trips to Russian Federation.
"He needs to clarify his testimony before our committee", said Judiciary Committee member Sen.
Both Papadopoulos' and Page's statements appear to cast doubt on comments made by Sessions to the Senate multiple times since his confirmation hearing in early January, as well as remarks made by the president. "I am deeply troubled that this newest revelation strongly suggests that the Senate ― and the American public ― can not trust your word".
Sessions and Trump have both previously said that they had no knowledge of any communications between campaign members and Russian Federation - statements that appear to be contradicted by the revelations of Papadopoulos' and Page's meetings.
Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in its probe of Moscow's meddling in last year's election, special counsel Robert Mueller announced Monday.
CNN had also reported that the encounter Page described occurred at a dinner at the Capitol Hill Club, at which Page approached Sessions to say hello and mentioned he was headed to Russian Federation, according to a source familiar with the meeting.
"Sessions should come back before [the Senate Judiciary Committee]", Schumer said on The Rachel Maddow Show.
Under pressure, Sessions later recused himself from the Department of Justice investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Page said he told Sessions that "I'm glad I was able to meet you before I head to Moscow".