Democrats Demand Sessions Testify Before Senate Judiciary Committee-Again

Peter Castro
November 6, 2017

In an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Friday, Lieu said that recent revelations that two former foreign policy advisers for the Trump campaign met with Russian representatives during the presidential race provided clear evidence that Sessions had lied in his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

"I mentioned it to a few people", Page replied.

"The March 31 comments by this Papadopoulos person did not leave a lasting impression", the person said. Jeff Sessions, when he said "he had connections that could help arrange a meeting between then-candidate Trump and President [Vladimir] Putin".

At the time of that article, a spokeswoman for Sessions declined to comment.

Gordon said that he did not fault Sessions for not recalling things that Papadopoulos said in private settings, noting that thousands of people approached the campaign, "including many, many true volunteers".

In addition to Leahy and Blumenthal, Senators Al Franken (Minn.) and Chuck Schumer (NY) are calling for the attorney general to testify.

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".

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A source at the Department of Justice confirmed to HuffPost that Sessions spoke out against the idea. Leahy asked Sessions later that month if the attorney general had "been in contact with anyone connected to any part of the Russian government about the 2016 election". Democrats on the committee, including Franken, are now arguing that statement may have been false, too.

"He needs to clarify his testimony before our committee", Judiciary Committee member Sen.

"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.

"What happens if you get a new Attorney General - and the Democrats can't blame the president because they are the ones pushing them out - and then this new guy comes and says, 'Guess what?"

Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is also looking into allegations of collusion and Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, also want a reckoning from Sessions.

"Attorney General Sessions should come back before Congress and answer questions in light of recent revelations", said Senator Ron Wyden. "He should be honest and disclose all truths, especially when he is under oath or testifying before the United States Congress".

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