Franken to Sessions: American public can not trust your word

Angelo Anderson
November 3, 2017

Sessions later recused himself from all matters related to the campaign, citing his support for the President's successful bid. Session's interaction with Papdopoulos at the March 31 meeting came to light this week alongside the revelation that Papadopoulos quietly plead guilty to lying to federal authorities over the summer about his attempts to work with Russian officials on behalf of the Trump campaign.

Rep. Mike Conaway, the Texas Republican who is leading the House intelligence committees Russian Federation probe, confirmed to CNN that Page told the committee he had informed Sessions about his trip, though Conaway downplayed its significance. The Valdai Club said in a statement: "Mr Mifsud contributed his commentary to the Valdai Club in the past but no longer does so".

Several lawmakers from both parties described the session as meandering, at-times confusing and contradictory.

"Jeff Sessions concealed his meetings with the Russians and he had an obligation to be more forthcoming about meetings that involved Papadopoulos", said Sen.

Franken said he thought Sessions vetoing a meeting with Putin would be "something you'd remember" and wanted Sessions to testify again.

Papadopoulos proposed meeting with Putin and Trump. "He didn't disclose that to the committee", Sen.

Heinrich told CNN that it begs the question of "whether he is being honest and forthright with the committee, and what does that mean for the highest law enforcement officer in the country?"

He asked Sessions to respond to his questions by next Friday, Nov. 10.


The Justice Department did not comment. The conversation moved on to other topics and Papadopoulos did not leave a "lasting impression" with Sessions, the source said. Then it turned out that he had kind of talked about some campaign issues with Kislyak at the Mayflower Hotel and then he changed it to, I didn't meet with Russians to talk about interference with the campaign.

"I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign and I did not have communications with the Russians, and I'm unable to comment on that", he claimed. Also there were Trump and his son-in-law and White House senior adviser Jared Kushner.

It is a crime to lie under oath to Congress. Sessions says that his answers were truthful because his meetings with Kislyak weren't specifically about the campaign.

Sessions testified about Russian contacts before the Senate Judiciary Committee in October and the Senate Intelligence Committee in June.

An academic suspected of being the link between a Trump campaign adviser and the Russian government told a business contact that Moscow had a trove of information about Hillary Clinton in April 2016, months before the information was public, CNN has learned.

"I have a clear conscience", he said, dismissing the allegation he had introduced Papadopoulos to Putin's niece as a "laughing stock".

A trove of emails hacked from the Democratic National Committee were published in July 2016.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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