US lawmakers to press Attorney General Sessions on Russia contacts

US lawmakers to press Attorney General Sessions on Russia contacts”

The focus of the questions put to Clovis by Mueller's team has not been previously reported.

Sessions, an early Trump backer who led a foreign policy advisory council during the campaign, has been shadowed for months by questions about his own communications with Russians and by contacts of others in the Trump orbit.

"I did not, and I'm not aware of anyone else that did, and I don't believe it happened". Over the weekend, Sprint entered into a wireless partnership with Altice USA Inc., allowing Altice to sell wireless service using Sprint's network, while Sprint uses Altice's broadband infrastructure to shore up its network. Sessions had testified during his confirmation hearing in January that he "did not have any communications with the Russians".

Papadopoulos emailed Miller from London on April 25, 2016, after speaking multiple times to a Russian connected to the Kremlin's ministry of foreign affairs to relay an "open invitation for Trump to meet Russian president Vladimir Putin". That issue has been at the forefront of each of his congressional hearings even as Sessions has labored to promote the Justice Department's work and priorities, and Tuesday's appearance is unlikely to be an exception.

Last week, former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page privately told the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence that he had given Sessions advanced notice of a July 2016 trip to Moscow, according to transcripts released by the committee.

Attorneys for Clovis did not respond to requests for comment.

Papadopoulos, who Trump recently described as a forgettable low-level staffer, was in regular contact with top campaign officials as he tried to arrange a meeting between the GOP candidate and Putin.

The special counsel probe has the authority to investigate any potential collusion between Trump's campaign and Moscow, as well as any auxiliary matters arising from the Russia probe.

Page told the panel he had informed some members of the Trump campaign about the trip, including Sessions.

Sessions was asked in testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee in October if he believed any Trump campaign surrogates had communications with the Russians.

In Schumer's interview with Maddow, he said of Mueller: "God forbid if he's interfered with". Should he do so, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein would become acting attorney general and continue overseeing the special counsel, as he does now.

John Hudak, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, said Democrats may be restraining themselves in order to convey an air of seriousness and nonpartisanship.

Senate staffers tell NPR they're having a hard time fitting this massive tax bill into a $1.5 trillion hole - and they have to figure it all out if they want to stick to the goal of passing this out of the Senate after Thanksgiving.

"If he had another instance of an out-and-out lie, or we found out he had other, personal contact with the Russians", Eisen said.

"No, I think that's a violation".

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