A former Trump campaign aide withdrew from consideration to be the top scientist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Thursday amid scrutiny of his scientific credentials and his ties to the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. But it was revealed this week that Clovis had communications with George Papadopoulos, a former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser who has admitted to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his contacts with Russian intermediaries previous year.
To view the full article, register now. "There were questions that elicited exactly the kind of information that the Papadopoulos plea agreement made".
Nonetheless, the court filing on Papadopoulos is now being contrasted with long-disputed answers Sessions gave the Senate Judiciary Committee at his confirmation hearing about Trump's campaign, including the exchange with Franken.
A spokesman for Grassley did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Sessions replied: "I'm not aware of any of those activities".
Asked about his initial testimony at a hearing last month, Sessions again told Franken he did not communicate with Russians.More news: Michigan State holds on for rain-soaked win over Penn State
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. "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".
The lawyer's statement said Clovis opposed any trip to Russian Federation for Trump or his campaign staff but noted that Clovis may not have made his opposition known when "a volunteer made suggestions on a foreign policy matter".
"It will come out", he said. "As I am focused on your success and the success of this Administration, I do not want to be a distraction or negative influence, particularly with so much important work left to do for the American people".
In an eight-page letter to Sessions on Thursday, Senator Al Franken recalled that the attorney general said at an October 18 Judiciary Committee hearing that a continuing exchange between the Trump campaign and Russian government intermediaries "did not happen, at least not to my knowledge and not with me". Instead, he is suggesting that the attorney general be allowed to submit updated written testimony, they said. A guy he had never met before, grabs him, 'Hey, I'm out on the team. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., told The Chicago Tribune.
"He committed perjury. He should not be in that position", Lieu said.