Trump campaign aide Cater Page met Russian officials in 2016

Jerome Frank
November 6, 2017

Special counsel Robert Mueller, who has impaneled a grand jury in his probe of the collusion allegations, charged Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort and another aide, Rick Gates, with money laundering on Monday. 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.

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"This is 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 Russia", Senate Judiciary Committee member Al Franken, D-Minn., wrote Thursday in a letter to Sessions. "When they can't keep their stories straight, it does seems very suspicious to me, so I want the Attorney General to answer questions". He later told CNN's Jim Sciutto the Russian official's name.

Democratic Senators Richard Blumenthal (Conn.) and Patrick Leahy (Vt.) issued statements demanding Sessions testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee. "He may have been at future Trump events that Sessions attended - including a dinner at the Capitol Hill Club with some members of the foreign policy committee over the summer - but Sessions doesn't recall any further interactions with him, including any phone calls or emails".

"He committed perjury. He should not be in that position", Lieu said. "I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign and I didn't have - did not have communications with the Russians, and I'm unable to comment on it".

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Sam Clovis, a 25-year Air Force veteran and onetime talk show host from Iowa, served as co-chair and policy adviser to the Trump campaign.

"He now needs to come back before the Committee, in person, under oath, to explain why he can not seem to provide truthful, complete answers to these important and relevant questions", Leahy said in a statement.

During a news conference in February, Trump said he knew of nobody from his campaign who was in contact with Russians during the election. "I sent him a letter and I would like for him to come before the judiciary meeting again and explain himself".

"He now needs to come back before the Committee, in person, under oath, to explain why he can not seem to provide truthful, complete answers to these important and relevant questions", Leahy, a former chairman of the Judiciary Committee, told The New York Times.

"I'm really not involved with the Justice Department".

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