Carter Page Told Jeff Sessions 'in Passing' About Russia Trip

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Mr. Clovis was drawn further into controversy this week when George Papadopoulos, a Trump campaign official, plead guilty to misleading Federal Bureau of Investigation agents about a series of meetings he took with Russia-linked individuals during the 2016 election.

In an eight-page letter to Sessions on Thursday, Senator Al Franken recalled that the attorney general said at an October 18 Judiciary Committee hearing that a continuing exchange between the Trump campaign and Russian government intermediaries "did not happen, at least not to my knowledge and not with me".

Senate Democrats have called on Jeff Sessions to clarify just how much he knew about attempts by the Russian government to influence the 2016 presidential election, following revelations that the attorney general was previously in a meeting with former Trump campaign aide-turned special counsel cooperator George Papadopoulos.

Democratic Senators Richard Blumenthal (Conn.) and Patrick Leahy (Vt.) issued statements demanding Sessions testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

A source familiar with the meeting told Fox News that it "seems clear that the people who remember the conversation believed that Papadopoulos was proposing a prospective idea of using his "Russian contacts" to try to set up a meeting between Trump and Putin, which was immediately rejected by then-Senator Sessions". "He said Sessions did not react or comment one way or the other", Conaway told CNN. Jeff Sessions, when he said "he had connections that could help arrange a meeting between then-candidate Trump and President [Vladimir] Putin".

"Sessions should come back before [the Senate Judiciary Committee]", Schumer said on The Rachel Maddow Show.

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This is not the first time lawmakers have accused Sessions of withholding information from congressional testimony about interactions with or about Russians while working with the Trump campaign.

Under pressure, Sessions later recused himself from the Department of Justice investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Christopher Coons, D-Del., another member of the Judiciary Committee.

"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.

But Chris Wallace warns that any Democrats thinking about wanting to push Sessions out of office might want to reconsider.

Page said he told Sessions that "I'm glad I was able to meet you before I head to Moscow". Kamala Harris, D-Calif., a member of the panel.

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