Franken's comments on CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront" came after unsealed court documents showed former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos had told the campaign about a potential meeting opportunity between Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, and news emerged that Sessions vetoed the idea. The trip was "completely unrelated to my limited volunteer role with the campaign and as I've done dozens of times throughout my life".
Democrats on the Senate intelligence and judiciary committees are interested in formally asking Sessions to clarify his testimony, according to a Senate aide.
President Donald Trump says he does not remember much about a meeting previous year with a former campaign aide who pleaded guilty this month as part of a federal probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 United States election.
Democratic Senators Richard Blumenthal (Conn.) and Patrick Leahy (Vt.) issued statements demanding Sessions testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Page told ABC News he "mentioned in passing" to Sessions the June 2016 Russian Federation trip he had planned, and "that I happened to be planning to give a speech at a university in Moscow". "He looks to me like Superman, like Captain America, like justice has finally arrived back on our shores and we are going to right ourselves again". He said Sessions did not react or comment one way or the other.
In it, Papadopoulos said he was taking steps "to arrange a meeting between us and the Russian leadership to discuss U.S. -Russia ties under President Trump", according to court records.More news: Arrest expected over claim Russian Federation helped Donald Trump win United States election
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"The attorney general has been entirely truthful and consistent on this matter", the source said, referring to Sessions' testimony before Congress where he rejected the notion of meetings and interactions with Russians during the campaign season.
At the time of that article, a spokeswoman for Sessions declined to comment. He also testified that he was "not aware" of anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign communicating with the Russians.
"I did not, and I'm not aware of anyone else that did, and I don't believe it happened", Sessions replied. He was not aware of any continuous exchange of information during the campaign between Trump surrogates and intermediaries for Russian government as Sen.
Sen. Pat Leahy, D-Vt., another member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, called on Sessions to return to Capitol Hill.
A source told CNN's Manu Raju about the existence of an email Page wrote to a Trump campaign aide following his trip to Moscow in July 2016. He answered some questions from reporters. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican, asked Sessions: "Did anybody in the campaign, did you ever overhear a conversation between you and anybody on the campaign who talked about meeting with the Russians?"