Sessions Rejected Adviser's Proposal for Trump-Putin Meet

Posted November 05, 2017

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. "And that he could arrange such a meeting - and that was ultimately shut down within a few minutes by Senator Sessions, in no uncertain terms". "I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign and I didn't have - did not have communications with the Russians, and I'm unable to comment on it".

During his confirmation hearing in January, Sessions told Sen.

Court documents unsealed this week have renewed interest in whether Attorney General Jeff Session misled Congress when he testified recently that neither he nor anyone else was in contact with Russian operatives during the 2016 presidential campaign, CBS News' Jeff Pegues reports.

Sessions, who as a Republican senator served as a top foreign policy adviser to Donald Trump during his presidential campaign, testified in January that he wasn't aware of any campaign contacts with Russian Federation.

"I don't know", Trump told reporters Friday on the White House lawn as he prepared to board Marine One for the first leg of trip to Asia. "He looks to me like Superman, like Captain America, like justice has finally arrived back on our shores and we are going to right ourselves again".

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 USA, during the campaign.

Franken asked: "If there is any evidence that anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign communicated with the Russian government in the course of this campaign, what will you do?"

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

A source familiar with Sessions' comments to Congress told ABC News the attorney general "has been entirely truthful and consistent on this matter". "And I am very frustrated by that", he said.

Sen. John Cornyn, the No. 2 in Republican leadership who serves on the intelligence and judiciary panels, said he was unaware of Sessions' attendance at that meeting until now.

Page said it was the only time he met Sessions. "There were questions that elicited exactly the kind of information that the Papadopoulos plea agreement made".

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

"He had no knowledge of any conversations by anyone connected to the Trump campaign with any Russian or any foreign officials concerning any type of interference with any campaign or election in the United States", the unnamed source insisted.