US Attorney General Jeff Sessions Faces Perjury Claims

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions Faces Perjury ClaimsUS Attorney General Jeff Sessions Faces Perjury Claims

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions must testify again before Congress on the Trump campaign's dealings with Russian contacts, senate Democrats demanded on Thursday. The call for more testimony came amidst revelations that Sessions may have committed perjury during his confirmation hearing.

Facing questioning from lawmakers after his appointment in January, Sessions was asked by Senator Al Franken of Minnesota what he would do as head of the Justice Department if any members of President Donald Trump's election campaign or White House staff were found to have ties with Russian agents, DW reported.

"I'm not aware of any of those activities," said Sessions in an indirect response to Franken's question. He has since made several similar statements to Congress.

However, according to court documents unsealed this week by special counsel Robert Mueller –the chief investigator in the Russia probe– the attorney general was at a meeting in which members of the Trump campaign discussed meeting with Russian officials who claimed to have "dirt" on Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

George Papadopoulos, a junior aide to the Trump campaign, pled guilty to making false statements to the FBI earlier in October. In the plea deal documents released by Mueller on Monday, Papadopoulos recounted a meeting in which he suggested setting up a meeting with then-candidate Trump and some Russians he knew with potentially damaging information about Clinton.

Papadopoulos told Mueller that not only was Sessions at the meeting on March 31, 2016, he opposed the idea that Trump sit down with Papadopoulos' contacts.

The revelations that Sessions may have made false statements under oath riled many top Democrats, especially Franken. The senator wrote up an eight-page letter to the attorney general, demanding answers to some 30 questions


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