House judiciary Dems intend to press Sessions over Russian Federation

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The Senate Intelligence Committee is conducting its own investigation into Russian interference.

The open hearing, tentatively scheduled for November 14, is part of the committee's regular oversight of the Justice Department, but Russian Federation appears nearly certain to be a topic. Democrats have howled about recent news in the Russian Federation imbroglio that appears to contradict Sessions' long-standing claims that he didn't know about the overtures from Russian Federation to people in the Trump campaign.

Carter Page, a former foreign policy adviser to President Donald Trump, testified to USA lawmakers that he met with a Russian deputy prime minister on two trips to Moscow in 2016 and consulted with senior Trump campaign staff about one visit.

The panel reached an agreement with Page to release the transcript of his interview to the public, and the committee posted the transcript online late Monday.

It is still unclear whether Papadopoulos, who pleaded guilty last month to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, told members of the Trump campaign about the emails.

The letter was signed by every Democratic member of the committee.

"In April, [former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos] met with a professor who promised "dirt" on Hillary Clinton from the Russians - have you seen any evidence that this 'dirt, ' that these emails were ever given to the Trump campaign?"

Page also acknowledged that in June 2016 he mentioned "in passing" to then-Senator Jeff Sessions, a Trump foreign policy adviser, that he might be taking a trip to Moscow - but that it wasn't connected to his unpaid role in the campaign. The new numbers come almost a year to the day after his 2016 election victory.

Page sent the email describing his interaction with Dvorkovich in Moscow to campaign aide J.D. Gordon, as well as a different campaign aide. "The White House has said over and over again they have no desire to be able to push him out", Lankford said. Their conversation, he told investigators, was not about coordination with Russian Federation on the campaign, but largely limited to an exchange of pleasantries.

In previous testimony in Congress, Sessions said he was "not aware of any of those" contacts between Russian officials and Trump campaign surrogates. Manafort got a second passport so he could apply for visas when the first was being used, and applied for a third when he mistakenly thought the first was lost, they said.

The lead Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, Congressman Adam Schiff, said Page's public remarks prior to his appearance before the panel that his trip to Moscow was as a private citizen were undercut by his congressional testimony.

The email appeared to contradict earlier statements by Page, who had said he had only exchanged brief greetings with the senior Russian official, Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich, after he delivered a speech at a Russian university. Sessions has recused himself from Russian matters as head of the Justice Department because he was a top policy adviser during the Trump campaign.

And the argument that this is all a hoax or witch hunt has fallen on deaf ears.

Schiff said it's impossible to say whether Russian interference in the election almost a year ago is the reason Republican Donald Trump won the presidency over Democrat Hillary Clinton.

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