Carter Page met with Russian official during 2016 trip to Moscow

George Papadopoulos.   LinkedIn

George Papadopoulos. LinkedIn

According to court filings, at that meeting, Papadopoulos said he had Russian connections who could help him arrange a meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Page interacted with Sessions because the then-Alabama senator was leading the national security team for the Trump campaign. "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". At least two Democratic members of the Senate judiciary committee, Al Franken of Minnesota and Patrick Leahy of Vermont, have asked the FBI to investigate whether Sessions committed perjury during his confirmation hearings.

After explaining that there is now more scrutiny surrounding assertions made by Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions around their knowledge of Russian contacts with the campaign, Smerconish finished by stating that all the complaints from Trump won't deter Mueller.

Last month, Sessions testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee that neither he nor anyone else was in contact with Russian operatives during the election cycle.

Page told ABC News he "mentioned in passing" to Sessions the June 2016 Russian Federation trip he had planned, and "that I happened to be planning to give a speech at a university in Moscow". "I'm really not involved with the Justice Department". Sessions has no clear recollection of Papadopoulos and doesn't recall any further interactions with him, including phone calls or emails, the person said.

"Sessions should come back before [the Senate Judiciary Committee]", Schumer said on The Rachel Maddow Show.

A source close to Sessions defended the attorney general, promising he "has been entirely truthful and consistent on this matter".

Senator Chuck Grassley, the Iowa Republican who's chairman of the committee, said he needs to look at the issue before commenting. He has denied knowing anything about contacts between the campaign and Russians or Russian government intermediaries.

"It might be worth writing a letter and saying 'What happened?' I wouldn't mind writing a letter, because he was pretty definitive he never had that discussion about Russia", Graham of SC said in an interview.

"Let's remember that this is about Russian interference in our election and that is at the very heart of our system of democracy and we're trying to find out whether the Trump campaign cooperated", Franken said. His plea was made public this week.

A source told CNN's Manu Raju about the existence of an email Page wrote to a Trump campaign aide following his trip to Moscow in July 2016.

Conaway said that Page was "fulsome" in his answers and he answered all of the questions the committee asked.

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