Attorney General Jeff Sessions defended himself from accusations that he made false statements during prior congressional testimony about former Trump campaign advisers’ contacts with Russia, saying it’s “not fair” for Democrats to accuse him of lying.
“You’re saying Mr. Carter Page, who left that meeting, according to the press reports, and I guess his deposition or interview, has been reported as saying, ‘I’m going to Russia.’ I made no response to him, didn’t acknowledge it, and you’re accusing me of lying about that?” Sessions told Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y. “I say that’s not fair, Mr. Jeffries.
During his confirmation hearing in January, the attorney general said he “did not have communications” with Russian officials during the campaign and said he was “unaware” of Trump campaign worker contacts with Russian officials.
But Page, a former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser, told the House Intelligence Committee during closed-door testimony that he told Sessions in passing he was taking a trip to Russia.
Sessions was also reportedly aware that former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos wanted to arrange a meeting during the campaign between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, which Sessions advised against.