The attorney general has since said that he interpreted questions from Franken and other senators to be about whether he knew of continuous, improper contacts between Trump surrogates and Russian operatives, and that he didn't. "He said Sessions did not react or comment one way or the other", Conaway said in an interview.
"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. And I warn you, there is some loud helicopter noise behind him. This morning the president said he doesn't remember the details of a March 2016 meeting with his campaign's national security team - a meeting that has taken on increased significance as the special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election this week announced the first charges in the inquiry.
Franken added, "This is another example in an alarming pattern in which you, the nation's top law enforcement officer, apparently failed to tell the truth, under oath, about the Trump team's contacts with agents of Russia-a hostile foreign power that interfered in the 2016 election".
The committee has asked Page to produce more documents, according to members, to comply with the subpoena they previously issued. Sessions has no clear recollection of Papadopoulos and doesn't recall any further interactions with him, including phone calls or emails, the person said. Jeff Sessions and "a few people" on the Trump campaign. Near the end of the dinner, Page approached Sessions to say hello and thanked the then-senator for the dinner, and Page also mentioned he was headed to Russian Federation.
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.
"Sen. Franken, I'm not aware of any of those activities", Sessions said.
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"Back in June 2016, I mentioned in passing that I happened to be planning to give a speech at a university in Moscow", Page told CNN.
A Justice spokesperson declined to comment. The call for more testimony came amidst revelations that Sessions may have committed perjury during his confirmation hearing.
Sessions responded, but by answering a completely different question. He wasn't aware of any ongoing exchanges of information during the campaign between Trump surrogates and intermediaries for the Russian government, the person said.
Speaking to reporters outside the White House, Trump says: "It was a very unimportant meeting". Papadopoulos made the offer during a meeting that both Sessions and Mr. Trump attended in March 2016.
Sessions replied, "I have not seen anything that would indicate collusion with the Russians to impact the campaign".
When Tapper asked if Sessions, now the USA attorney general, was "the only one on the campaign that knew about the trip", Page replied: "I mentioned it to a few people".