Democratic lawmakers on the House judiciary committee intend to press Attorney General Jeff Sessions over his "inconsistencies" on the Trump campaign's Russian Federation connections when he appears before their committee next week.
The House Intelligence panel, in a closed-door session on Tuesday, is questioning Keith Schiller, Trump's former head of Oval Office operations, until he left in September. In his many conversations with the press over the past year, Page adamantly denied that he ever met with Russian government officials over the course of the 2016 campaign.
The idea that the Trump campaign coordinated with Russian operatives to hack into and disseminate Democrats' emails has been a core theory of the collusion allegation.
These blanket denials came back to bite him before, when he was forced to admit in March that he had also exchanged a quick hello with Russia's ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak, on the sidelines of the Republican National Convention.
Last Monday, unsealed court records revealed that Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to making false statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his interactions with foreign officials close to the Russian government - one of the campaign's clearest connections so far to Russia's efforts to meddle in the 2016 election. 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.
Last week Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to FBI investigators about his Russian Federation contacts during 2016.
Sessions reportedly rejected the proposal. Page said he had mentioned his upcoming trip to Sessions, who at the time was a senior policy adviser to the Trump campaign.
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Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, hasn't yet asked Sessions to return to testify. Jeff Sessions, who is now the attorney general.