Democrats lay off Sessions after Papadopoulos contradicts Hill testimony

Democrats lay off Sessions after Papadopoulos contradicts Hill testimony”

A former policy adviser to US President Donald Trump whose contacts with Russians set off the investigation into possible collusion with Moscow was jailed on Friday for lying to the FBI.

Chuck Cooper, Sessions' private lawyer, said in a statement that "Attorney General Sessions has publicly testified under oath about his recollection of this meeting, and he stands by his testimony".

At an April 26, 2016 meeting, Mifsud told Papadopoulos that people in Moscow had "dirt", "thousands of emails" on Hillary Clinton, according to the filing. In reality Papadopoulos had already been appointed foreign policy adviser to the campaign when the meetings and discussions occurred.

"I pushed back at his suggestion", Sessions said during a House Judiciary Committee hearing in November. The DNC - which is suing Russian Federation, the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks for interfering in the 2016 election - said in a court filing Friday that it believes all the defendants in the case have been served with the complaint, "with the exception of Mifsud (who is missing and may be deceased)", Bloomberg reported. The former Trump adviser told CNN's Jake Tapper that he recalled Sessions - in the March 2016 meeting - that the then-senator was "enthusiastic" about a potential Putin-Trump meeting.

"I actively sought to leverage my contacts with the professor to host this meeting", Papadopoulos said, referring to a professor who is believed to be a Russian government operative.

Over drinks in London, Papadopoulos then told Australian diplomat Alexander Downer about his conversations with Mifsud.

He worked at the University of Stirling until past year - and has now been identified as "missing, maybe dead" in court papers filed by the Democratic National Committee.

"Would be a very very big problem if British intelligence was weopanized [sic] against an American citizen", Papadopoulos said in the last tweet of eight he posted over a series of hours on Tuesday. The Trump campaign has denied any collusion with Russian Federation.

Ahead of his sentencing, Papadopoulos asked the court to give him probation for his charge of lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, claiming he was "young" and lied out of "misguided loyalty to his master". I can't guarantee it. Jeff Sessions, who he says appeared enthusiastic about a Trump-Putin summit, in contrast to what Sessions later told Congress.

"Our committee is the last bipartisan effort that's trying to pursue these facts", Warner said Sunday, referring to other congressional investigations.

"For the sake of our republic and the integrity of this investigation, I think it's time Downer is as exposed as Christoper Steele".

Former Secret Service Agent Dan Bongino reacted to the ongoing coverage of former Trump associate George Papadopoulos and his role in the Russian collusion accusations.

Michele Blood is a Flemington, New Jersey-based freelance writer and a regular contributor to LifeZette.

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