Page: I Was On Papadopoulos Email About Linking Russia Up With Campaign

Page: I Was On Papadopoulos Email About Linking Russia Up With Campaign

Page: I Was On Papadopoulos Email About Linking Russia Up With Campaign

During more than six hours of closed-door testimony, Page said that he informed Sessions about his coming July 2016 trip to Russian Federation, which Page told CNN was unconnected to his campaign role.

Both Papadopoulos' and Page's statements appear to cast doubt on comments made by Sessions to the Senate multiple times since his confirmation hearing in early January, as well as remarks made by the president. Coal industry advocate tapped for mining regulator Bipartisan groups call on DOJ to scrutinize AT&T-Time Warner merger MORE "absolutely" committed perjury in his Senate testimony on contacts between President Trump's campaign and Russian officials.

Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in its probe of Moscow's meddling in last year's election, special counsel Robert Mueller announced Monday.

During a news conference in February, Trump said he knew of nobody from his campaign who was in contact with Russians during the election.

"We must get to the bottom of what happened so that we can prevent it from happening again, and I am deeply troubled that this newest revelation strongly suggests that the Senate-and the American public-cannot trust your word", Franken wrote.

Leahy echoed that concern, saying Papadopoulos' account was "impossible to reconcile with the attorney general's appearance before the [Senate] Judiciary Committee just two weeks ago". He said one of the people he met was a "senior person", but would not confirm the person's identity. A source told NBC on Thursday night that Sessions rejected Papadopoulos' proposal to set up a meeting between then-presidential candidate Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The email, dated March 24, 2016, was highlighted Papadopoulos' plea agreement announced Monday.

Page confirmed the meetings to The New York Times in an interview Friday night and then spoke with CNN.

The White House has moved to distance itself from Papadopoulos. "He was not aware of any continuous exchange of information during the campaign between Trump surrogates and intermediaries for Russian government as Sen".

Under pressure, Sessions later recused himself from the Department of Justice investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

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