May 1, 2018

House Intel: Witnesses Corroborated Jeff Sessions’ Claims About Papadopoulos Exchange

A new report from the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence backs up testimony from Attorney General Jeff Sessions about a hotly contested exchange he had during the 2016 presidential campaign with Trump adviser George Papadopoulos.

Reuters reported three anonymous sources have disputed Sessions’ claim that during a March 31, 2016, meeting of the Trump foreign policy team, he rebuffed a suggestion from Papadopoulos that members of the Trump campaign meet with Russian government officials.

“Yes, I pushed back,” Sessions told the House Committee on the Judiciary during a Nov. 14 hearing.

Sessions told the House Intelligence Committee during a closed-door interview on Nov. 30:  “I felt like, and I’m the chairman of this group — I should not do anything that indicated to Mr. Papadopoulos that he was authorized to go to Russia or anyplace else to represent the Trump campaign and do some sort of negotiations. So I pushed back pretty sharply on that.”

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