Democrats demand that Sessions explain his meeting with Papadopoulos

Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks about domestic security in New York

"I don't make anything sinister out of it", Conaway told CNN.

But on Thursday, a person familiar with Sessions' recollections said that "people who remember the conversation" believed that Papadopoulos was proposing an 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". Papadopoulos made the offer during a meeting that both Sessions and Mr. Trump attended in March 2016. 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' failure to disclose those meetings ultimately led to his recusal from the Justice Department's Russian Federation investigation, and functioned as one of the many missteps that triggered the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller.

Sessions "needs to come back before the committee, in person, under oath, to explain why he can not seem to provide truthful, complete answers", Senator Patrick Leahy, the panel's senior Democrat, said in a statement.

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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. Al Franken, D-Minn., that he had no communications with Russian officials during the campaign.

"I was one of many people on that e-mail chain", Page said.

On Thursday, CNN reported that during more than six hours of closed-door testimony with the House intelligence committee, Page privately recalled a conversation with Sessions about the trip he was planning to take to Russian Federation.

"He needs to clarify his testimony before our committee", said Judiciary Committee member Sen. Other aides were wary of the idea before Sessions himself "spoke vehemently against the idea" and asked others not to discuss it, the Times reported earlier this week. However, news reports from March revealed that Sessions had met twice with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in the lead up to the 2016 USA presidential election.

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Democratic sources who requested anonymity said Republican Chuck Grassley, the committee chairman, is resisting the Democrats' demands to recall 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".

Page said he told Sessions that "I'm glad I was able to meet you before I head to Moscow".

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.

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