Court documents state Papadopolous was present at a meeting with Sessions and Donald Trump where he discussed arranging a meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
And this fact is at the crux of Senator Franken’s letter.
“You failed to tell the truth about your interactions with Russian operatives during the campaign,” Franken wrote Sessions on Thursday.
This is an alarming pattern in which you, the nation’s top law enforcement officer, apparently failed to tell the truth, under oath, about the Trump team’s contacts with agents of Russia — a hostile foreign power that interfered with the 2016 election.”
Senator Franken asked AG Sessions to respond within the next two weeks to his questions. In his letter, Franken asks Sessions for his version of events described in Papadopoulos’ indictment documents. Those include e-mails and meetings where the policy adviser tried to set up meetings between Donald Trump and known Russian agents or Russian president Vladimir Putin.
“We must get to the bottom of what happened so that we can prevent it from happening again,” Franken wrote.
The Justice Department declined to comment at this time.
Watch Senator Franken on Hardball discussing his concerns about Jeff Sessions’s testimony:
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