Trump on meeting with former campaign adviser Papadopoulos: 'I don't remember much'

When Trump won the presidential election in November he offered Schiller the position of director of Oval Office Operations

This is not the first time lawmakers have accused Sessions of withholding information from congressional testimony about interactions with or about Russians while working with the Trump campaign. "Sam Clovis certainly fit that description, and while his nomination has today been withdrawn, it's absolutely essential that the Senate reject the scores of other risky nominees this administration continues to push forward".

"The list of reasons why Sam Clovis is unfit to serve as the USDA's chief scientist is already long: He fails to meet even the most basic qualifications for the position as defined by Congress; he rejects mainstream climate science; he has made racist and homophobic comments and embraces conspiracy theories; and he has questioned the necessity of a basic farmer safety net".

At his Senate confirmation hearing in January, Sessions denied any contacts with Russian officials during the presidential campaign.

CNN also reported that Carter Page, another former Trump campaign adviser, told the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday that he had informed Sessions of an upcoming July 2016 trip to Russian Federation.

A source at the Department of Justice confirmed to HuffPost that Sessions spoke out against the idea.

President Trump said Friday he does not "remember much" about a March 2016 meeting with George Papadopoulos, a campaign aide who pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his contact with Russians. Al Franken, D-Minn., that he had no communications with Russian officials during the campaign. "This raised a number of questions regarding the extent of Clovis" involvement with the campaign's interactions with Russian Federation as a "campaign supervisor'".

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"He now needs to come back before the Committee, in person, under oath, to explain why he can not seem to provide truthful, complete answers to these important and relevant questions", Leahy, a former chairman of the Judiciary Committee, told The New York Times.

Asked if Trump is "still comfortable with him (Clovis) serving in the administration, Sanders replied, "I'm not aware that any change would be necessary at this time". However, news reports from March revealed that Sessions had met twice with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in the lead up to the 2016 US presidential election.

Sessions "needs to come back before the committee, in person, under oath, to explain why he can not seem to provide truthful, complete answers", Senator Patrick Leahy, the panel's senior Democrat, said in a statement.

Jeff Sessions testifying during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington in October.

Senate Republicans have not rushed to Sessions' defense but were less ruffled about his participation in the Papadopoulos meeting.

Sessions replied, "I have not seen anything that would indicate collusion with the Russians to impact the campaign". Likewise, he called Obama a "Maoist" and said Attorney General Eric Holder is a "racist black". Ron Wyden, a Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee.

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