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Jeff Sessions to be grilled by Congress over latest Russian Federation revelations

Jeff Sessions to be grilled by Congress over latest Russian Federation revelations”

Page's trip to Moscow has previously been disclosed, but in testimony before the House intel committee last week, the former adviser informed congressional investigators he had notified former campaign manager Corey Lewnadowski and White House communications director Hope Hicks of his travel to Russian Federation. He allegedly added, "I understand our side may have messed up, but it'll take a long time to get to the bottom of it".

Page's testimony also revealed that more campaign staff members were aware of his July 2016 trip to Russian Federation than had previously been disclosed, including Jeff Sessions, who is now the attorney general.

"All I can tell you is this, there was no collusion, there was no nothing", he continued.

Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and an associate are under house arrest on charges including conspiracy to launder money, linked to the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller into allegations that the campaign colluded with Russian Federation.

Last Monday, unsealed court records revealed that Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to making false statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his interactions with foreign officials close to the Russian government - one of the campaign's clearest connections so far to Russia's efforts to meddle in the 2016 election.

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The latest revelations have increased scrutiny on Sessions, who previously came under fire for saying during his Senate confirmation hearing that he had no interactions with the Russians only to be later corrected that he met with Sergey Kislyak twice during the campaign, who was the Russian ambassador to the USA at the time. But the details about interactions between his foreign policy advisers and Russians raise new questions about the Trump campaign's dealings with Moscow.

"In an email on July 8, Page told JD Gordon, a Trump campaign official, that he received "some incredible insights" from his meetings with:Russian legislators and a few members of the presidential administration", according to the testimony.

His critics pointed to an exchange he had with South Carolina Sen. Jeff Sessions, who is now the attorney general. It also alleges that Russians hacked Democrats' emails and gave them to WikiLeaks "with the full knowledge and support of Trump and senior members of his campaign team". "He said Sessions did not react or comment one way or the other", Conaway told CNN. Papadopoulos's case in particular fits with a broader pattern of Trump aides making contact with Russian operatives that has come into focus in recent weeks. The filings indicate the former adviser is now co-operating with prosecutors in their investigation.

A statement of offense released by Mueller stated that Papadopoulos and the associates discussed arranging meetings between the campaign and Russian government.



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