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Carter Page met with Russian government officials during 2016 trip

06 November 2017, 01:26 | Myrtle Vega

Carter Page met with Russian government officials during 2016 trip

Pressure On Sessions Rises As Democrats Call For Him To Clarify Testimony On Russia

Carter Page, an adviser during Donald Trump's presidential campaign, met Russian government officials during a trip to Moscow, according to testimony to the House Intelligence Committee earlier this week.

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. Papadopoulos made the offer during a meeting that both Sessions and Mr. Trump attended in March 2016.

Sessions' testimony directly contradicts an Federal Bureau of Investigation affidavit that alleges former Trump adviser George Papadopoulos spoke directly with Sessions about potentially arranging a meeting with then-candidate Trump during the 2016 election. The Minnesota Democrat said the latest disclosure suggests that the American people "cannot trust your word".

During a March 2016 meeting of the foreign policy advisory committee that Sessions chaired and Trump attended, Papadopoulos said he could help arrange a meeting between Trump and Putin, according to the court filing.

"The March 31 comments by this Papadopoulos person did not leave a lasting impression", the person said.

CNN reported Wednesday that Trump did not dismiss the idea of arranging a meeting with Russia's president when it was suggested in a meeting with his campaign foreign policy advisers previous year.

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Blumenthal wrote Sessions that he should "immediately come before the Senate Judiciary Committee to update [his] testimony and correct any omissions and any statements that may have been incorrect or misleading".

Sessions has been quiet on his involvement at the session, despite being asked about it multiple times during several appearances on Capitol Hill. Jeff Sessions and "a few people" on the Trump campaign.

"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.

Trump was also non-committal in response to a question about whether he would fire attorney-general Jeff Sessions, who he has criticised for appointing special counsel Robert Mueller to investigate potential collusion between Trump campaign officials and Russian efforts to manipulate the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.

Josh Chafetz, a professor at Cornell University Law School, said lawmakers could try to use "various other tools in the congressional arsenal", from reducing Justice Department appropriations to refusing to confirm appointees reporting to him.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders acknowledged the resignation Thursday.



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