Campaign adviser says Trump listened to Papadopoulos and 'heard him out'

06 November, 2017, 01:24 | Author: Phil Peters
  • USDA nominee Clovis was Trump adviser who encouraged Russia meeting report

The person familiar with Sessions' interactions with Papadopoulos said that Sessions had been "entirely truthful and consistent on this matter" and that "he had no knowledge of any conversations by anyone connected to the Trump campaign with any Russian or any foreign officials concerning any type of interference with any campaign or election in the United States".

Papadopoulos - who boasted of his Russian connection in at least one meeting Sessions attended - pleaded guilty to lying about the timing of those contacts, becoming the first person who served on Trump's campaign to admit to committing a crime.

The development comes days after Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and an associate were placed under house arrest on money-laundering charges linked to an investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller into allegations that the campaign colluded with Russian Federation.

A former Trump campaign adviser says Donald Trump listened to George Papadopoulos when he presented the idea of a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Both Papadopoulos' and Page's statements appear to cast doubt on comments made by Sessions to the Senate multiple times since his confirmation hearing in early January, as well as remarks made by the president.

In his interview with Tapper, Page also confirmed that before going on the trip he mentioned his plans to travel to Russian Federation to then-Sen. The Minnesota Democrat said the latest disclosure suggests that the American people "cannot trust your word". The email went to "several members of the Campaign's foreign policy team", prosecutors alleged.

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Court documents said Clovis told Papadopoulos: "Great work".

"He heard him out", JD Gordon, a campaign national security adviser who attended the March 31, 2016 meeting, told CNN Thursday.

Sam Clovis, a 25-year Air Force veteran and onetime talk show host from Iowa, served as co-chair and policy adviser to the Trump campaign.

Last month he reiterated he did not know of any Trump campaign official having contact with Russian officials - a claim Senate Democrats are pushing back on. He wasn't aware of any ongoing exchanges of information during the campaign between Trump surrogates and intermediaries for the Russian government, the person said.

Blumenthal wrote Sessions that he should "immediately come before the Senate Judiciary Committee to update [his] testimony and correct any omissions and any statements that may have been incorrect or misleading".

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

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