Asked by reporters before departing the White House for his 12-day trip to Asia if he would fire Sessions if DOJ doesn't focus its investigative powers on Democrats, Trump says, "I don't know".
It's possible Papadopoulos may have been at Trump events that Sessions also attended, including a dinner at the Capitol Hill Club with some members of the foreign policy committee during the summer of 2016, the person said.
Senator Al Franken, whose exchange with Sessions in January has prompted a continuing dispute, said in a letter to Sessions on Thursday that the Papadopoulos revelations are "another example in an alarming pattern in which you, the nation's top law enforcement officer, apparently failed to tell the truth, under oath, about the Trump team's contacts with agents of Russian Federation". "Completely unrelated to my limited volunteer role with the campaign and as I've done dozens of times throughout my life". Near the end of the dinner, Page approached Sessions to say hello and thanked the then-senator for the dinner, and Page also mentioned he was headed to Russian Federation. "I'm glad the truth is finally becoming known".
Franken asked Sessions during his confirmation hearing on Jan 10 what he would do "if there is any evidence that anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign communicated with the Russian government in the course of this campaign". According to court filings, at that meeting, Papadopoulos said he had Russian connections who could help him arrange a meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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George Papadopoulos, a junior aide to the Trump campaign, pled guilty to making false statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation earlier in October.
Last month he reiterated he did not know of any Trump campaign official having contact with Russian officials - a claim Senate Democrats are pushing back on.
In another exchange with Democratic Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., that he had no communications with Russian officials during the campaign. At least two Democratic members of the Senate judiciary committee, Al Franken of Minnesota and Patrick Leahy of Vermont, have asked the FBI to investigate whether Sessions committed perjury during his confirmation hearings.
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. He has said that the topic of sanctions might have come up in his conversations but that he was not there as an emissary of the Trump campaign.
The committee has asked Page to produce more documents, according to members, to comply with the subpoena they previously issued.