Then-Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, who was chairman of the advisory committee and sat opposite Trump, ultimately nixed Papadopoulos' proposal, sources first told TheDC back in August. Sessions had previously testified that he had no knowledge of attempts by anyone on the campaign to cooperate with Russian Federation.
He said one person was a "senior person", but he would not reveal the person's identity.
In a written questionnaire to the Senate Judiciary Committee during his confirmation, Sessions also told the panel he was not in contact with anyone associated with the Russian government - despite the fact that Sessions met twice with Sergey Kislyak, then the Russian ambassador to the USA, during the campaign. Trump denies any collusion with Russian Federation and Moscow denies interfering in the 2016 USA election. Page's Thursday testimony (disclosed to CNN by Texas Republican Rep. Mike Conaway) indicates that Sessions knew about Page's trips to Russian Federation.
George Papadopoulos (3rd L) appears in a photograph released on Donald Trump's social media accounts with a headline stating that the scene was of his campaign's national security meeting in Washington, D.C. on March 31, 2016 and published April 1, 2016.
In addition to Leahy and Blumenthal, Senators Al Franken (Minn.) and Chuck Schumer (NY) are calling for the attorney general to testify.
Sessions repeated that claim in written testimony to the committee, despite multiple meetings with the Russian envoy Sergey Kislyak during the campaign.
"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.
Page said it was the only time he met Sessions. "Perjury is a very careful standard, but it's something that would be looked at".
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In his traditional Friday appearance on Shepard Smith Reporting, Wallace noted that a new Attorney General might be inclined to get involved in the Russian Federation probe, which Sessions has recused himself from.
In a letter to Sessions on Thursday, Sen.
He added: "I certainly think it's a legitimate area of inquiry" for lawmakers to pursue. "I sent him a letter and I would like for him to come before the judiciary meeting again and explain himself".
A Justice spokesperson declined to comment. "If I were Sessions, I wouldn't have recalled it either".
Conaway said that Page was "fulsome" in his answers and he answered all of the questions the committee asked. And O'Connor asked, you know, people are upset that the Justice Department isn't going after Hillary Clinton.
Asked under oath at a Senate hearing last month if he believed Trump campaign surrogates had communications with Russians, Sessions replied, "I did not and I'm not aware of anyone else that did, and I don't believe it happened". He has denied knowing anything about contacts between the campaign and Russians or Russian government intermediaries.
When Tapper asked if Sessions, now the USA attorney general, was "the only one on the campaign that knew about the trip", Page replied: "I mentioned it to a few people".