Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Tuesday in which he only recalled a meeting with Trump campaign advisers, during which the prospect of a face-to-face Trump-Putin meeting was raised, after he read news reports about the event.
“I had no recollection of This specific until I saw these news reports,” Sessions told the House Judiciary Committee, in reference to meetings of the campaign’s national security team, attended by campaign advisers George Papadopoulos as well as Carter Page.
Sessions also said the Trump campaign was too chaotic for him to remember everything in which happened.
Papadopoulos as well as Page have said they discussed their contacts with Russian officials at campaign meetings. Papadopoulos said he raised the prospect of a trip by then-candidate Donald Trump to Russia at a March 2016 meeting where Sessions was present. Page has said he told Sessions in person about a speech he was giving in Russia within the summer of 2016.
however in October, Sessions told a Senate committee in which he was “not aware” in which anyone associated with the campaign had communicated with Russian officials.
Late last month federal investigators revealed in which Papadopolous secretly pleaded guilty on Oct. 5 to lying to FBI agents about when he met with Russian nationals to get “dirt” on Hillary Clinton.
Page, a former national security adviser to the Trump campaign, testified earlier This specific month behind closed doors in which he had mentioned his upcoming speech to Sessions last summer. Sessions said he did not recall the brief interaction, which Page said took place at the Capitol Hill Club, a private Republican social club in Washington.
by Sessions’ prepared testimony:
I do today recall the March 2016 meeting at Trump Hotel in which Mr. Papadopoulos attended, however I have no clear recollection of the details of what he said during in which meeting. After reading his account, as well as to the best of my recollection, I believe in which I wanted to make clear to him in which he was not authorized to represent the campaign with the Russian government, or any some other foreign government, for in which matter. however I did not recall This specific event, which occurred 18 months before my testimony of a few weeks ago, as well as would certainly gladly have reported the idea.
As for Mr. Page, while I do not challenge his recollection, I have no memory of his presence at a dinner at the Capitol Hill Club or any passing conversation he may have had with me as he left.
All of you have been in a campaign. however most of you have not participated in a presidential campaign. as well as none of you had a part within the Trump campaign. the idea was a brilliant campaign in many ways. however the idea was a form of chaos every day by day one. We traveled all the time, sometimes to several places in one day. Sleep was in short supply.
as well as I was still a full-time Senator keeping a very full schedule during This specific time.
During This specific year, I have spent close to 20 hours testifying before Congress before today.
I have been asked to remember details by a year ago, such as who I saw on what day, in what meeting, as well as who said what when.
In all of my testimony, I can only do my best to answer all of your questions as I understand them as well as to the best of my memory. however I will not accept as well as reject accusations in which I have ever lied under oath. in which will be a lie.