Carter Page testified for 6.5 hours for House Intel probe

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According to documents unsealed Monday, Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos, who pleaded guilty to making a false statement to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, frequently communicated with Russians about arranging a meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, and even pitched a potential summit to Sessions and Trump at a meeting of the then-candidate's foreign policy team on March 31, 2016.

Mueller's investigators on Monday arrested Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign manager, and former business associate Richard Gates, on a 12-count indictment charging them with conspiracy and money laundering.

The TV personality, who has been engaged in a decade-long feud with Trump, was quick to praise Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his ongoing probe into possible ties between Trump's 2016 campaign and Russian Federation.

Sessions, who as a Republican senator served as a top foreign policy adviser to Donald Trump during his presidential campaign, testified in January that he wasn't aware of any campaign contacts with Russian Federation.

But on Thursday, a person familiar with Sessions' recollections said that "people who remember the conversation" believed that Papadopoulos was proposing an idea of using his Russian contacts to try to set up a meeting between Trump and Putin, "which was immediately rejected by then-Senator Sessions".

"You know, it'll come out", Page said.


"He seems to have problems telling the truth on this subject", Franken said of Sessions. He also testified that he was "not aware" of anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign communicating with the Russians.

Sen. John Cornyn, the No. 2 in Republican leadership who serves on the intelligence and judiciary panels, said he was unaware of Sessions' attendance at that meeting until now.

"Ultimately, whether or not he committed perjury, will be again, I believe, Bob Mueller's call", Franken said.

Russian Federation says it did not interfere in the election and Trump has denied any collusion. He answered some questions from reporters. In testimony to the Senate judiciary committee, Sessions has denied knowing anything about contacts between the campaign and Russians or Russian government intermediaries.

Page said it was the only time he met Sessions. Revelations that the attorney general was previously in a meeting with former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos and was told about Page's trips to Russian Federation have been raised by lawmakers as a subject of further inquiry.

According to aides to Sessions who weren't authorized to speak publicly about the matter, the attorney general did not give false testimony and disputes any description of the March 31 meeting that suggests Papadopoulos informed those present that he was in contact with the Russian government.

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