Democrats demand that Sessions explain his meeting with Papadopoulos

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At a June Senate intelligence committee hearing, Sessions testified that he wasn't aware of any conversations between "anyone connected to the Trump campaign" and Russians about "any type of interference with any campaign or election in the United States".

"Sessions should come back before [the Senate Judiciary Committee]", Schumer said on The Rachel Maddow Show. "He said Sessions did not react or comment one way or the other", Conaway said in an interview.

"He seems to have problems telling the truth on this subject", Franken said of Sessions. A guy he had never met before grabs him, 'Hey, I'm out on the team.

It is the latest example to emerge of a Trump aide meeting with Russian officials during the 2016 election after initially denying that such contacts occurred. Trump denies any collusion with Russian Federation and Moscow denies interfering in the 2016 election.

"Jeff Sessions was the head of the national security operation" in Trump's campaign, Senator Richard Blumenthal of CT, a member of the Judiciary Committee, said in an interview. However, he declined to say whether he thought Sessions lied and said he thought any decision on whether Sessions did something wrong should be left with special counsel Robert Mueller.

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Sessions is also under pressure from his boss, who has made clear he thinks the Department of Justice should look into his former presidential rival, Hillary Clinton, and her campaign's behavior with the Democratic National Committee during the presidential primary race.

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 US, during the campaign. "I am deeply troubled that this newest revelation strongly suggests that the Senate ― and the American public ― can not trust your word".

On Wednesday, Democrats said Sessions needs to clarify his comments.

The meeting has become a focal point this week because it was revealed that Papadopoulos pleaded guilty last month to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about contacts he had during the campaign with people with purported ties to the Russian government.

"He may still have technically answered the question correctly", said Representative Jerrold Nadler, a New York Democrat.

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But the chairman of Trump's national security team, then Alabama senator and now attorney general Jeff Sessions, shut down the idea of a Putin meeting at the March 31, 2016, gathering, according to a person in the room.

Asked at a Senate hearing last month whether 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".

"I don't know", Sessions responded.

Josh Chafetz, a professor at Cornell University Law School, said lawmakers could try to use "various other tools in the congressional arsenal", from reducing Justice Department appropriations to refusing to confirm appointees reporting to him.

On Friday, he told The Times that "I had a very brief hello to a couple of people".

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