Trump campaign aide Cater Page met Russian officials in 2016

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"Once again, developments in the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election have brought to light evidence that you failed to tell the truth about your interactions with Russian operatives during the campaign", Franken wrote in a letter to Sessions on Thursday in which he asked the attorney general to clarify his accounts to the Senate.

"The attorney general needs to explain to our committee what are the obvious implications of his presence at that meeting, and how he can square that with his testimony to our committee", said Sen.

Also on Thursday, former Trump foreign policy adviser Carter Page told Congress in a six-hour, closed-door testimony that he told Sessions he was traveling to Russian Federation during the presidential campaign, according to an account he gave to CNN. When Page spoke with CNN's Jake Tapper on Friday afternoon, he said he had only met with academics and a few business people whom he had "known for over a decade". Al Franken, D-Minn., that he had no communications with Russian officials during the campaign. The adviser who offered to set up the meeting was George Papadopoulos, who has pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to the documents.

Sessions replied: "I'm not aware of any of those activities". "Completely unrelated to my limited volunteer role with the campaign and as I've done dozens of times throughout my life".

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

"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.

A source familiar with the meeting told Fox News that it "seems clear that the people who remember the conversation believed that Papadopoulos was proposing a prospective 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". Other officials include Trump's former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, his son-in-law Jared Kushner, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

"He may still have technically answered the question correctly", said Representative Jerrold Nadler, a New York Democrat. It is rare to see cases for perjury to Congress generally because the exchanges are often imprecise or rather fluid in nature.

Following the Post report, Sessions recused himself from the Justice Department's Russian Federation probes - an action that infuriated Trump.

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