Papadopoulos Plea Prompts Senate Call To Question Sessions

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"I don't think he told me the truth", Franken told ABC News.

George Papadopoulos, a junior aide to the Trump campaign, pled guilty to making false statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation earlier in October.

Former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page said Friday that he had told Attorney General Jeff Sessions "in passing" - and "mentioned it to a few other people" - about a planned trip to Moscow last summer during the presidential campaign.

Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) has asked the attorney general to once again appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee following the indictments this week of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his longtime associate Rick Gates as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

"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.

"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.

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J.D. Gordon, a former Pentagon spokesman and Trump adviser who attended the meeting, also recalled that Sessions "shut him down" when Papadopoulos announced that he could introduce Trump to Putin.

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. "I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign and I did not have communications with the Russians". But on Thursday, the person familiar with Sessions' recollections said, "the attorney general has no clear recollection of this person". Page's account directly contradicted the under oath account from Sessions, who denied knowledge of such a trip while testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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.

"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, a former chairman of the Judiciary Committee, told The New York Times.

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. Instead, he is suggesting that the attorney general be allowed to submit updated written testimony, they said.

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