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Al Franken Says AG Jeff Sessions ‘Failed To Tell The Truth’
Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) is once again positioning himself as a thorn in the side of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, whose statements about Russia before Congress keep getting him in trouble.
In a fiery letter sent to the AG’s office on Thursday, Franken called upon Sessions to answer a number of questions relating both to his testimony and the revelation that former Donald Trump adviser George Papadopoulos had been trying to broker a meeting between the campaign and the Kremlin. Sessions said he wasn’t aware of efforts by anyone on the campaign staff to arrange such meetings, but recent events show that the AG and the President both attended a meeting in which such contact was alleged to have been discussed.
“Once again, developments in the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election have brought to light evidence that you failed to tell the truth about your interactions with Russian operatives during the campaign, as well as your awareness of Russian contacts by other members of the Trump campaign team,” Franken wrote.
And that wasn’t all the bad news for Sessions on Thursday.
According to CNN, former Trump campaign staffer Carter Page testified before the House Intelligence Committee in a closed session on Thursday. During that interview, he told the panel that he had, in fact, told Sessions about a trip he planned to take to Russia in July 2016, though Page asserted that the trip wasn’t related to his role in the campaign.
With these questions lingering about whether or not Sessions perjured himself, Franken seems ready to put the screws to the Attorney General.
“We must get to the bottom of what happened so that we can prevent it from happening again,” Franken wrote. “I am deeply troubled that this newest revelation strongly suggests that the Senate—and the American public—cannot trust your word.”