Sam Clovis, a top adviser to President Donald Trump during his election campaign, on Thursday withdrew his candidacy for a senior administration post, just days after he was linked to another aide who pleaded guilty in the probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
Following the Post report, Sessions recused himself from the Justice Department's Russian Federation probes - an action that infuriated Trump. The trip was "completely unrelated to my limited volunteer role with the campaign and as I've done dozens of times throughout my life".
During his January 10 confirmation hearing, Sessions said he was "not aware" of anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign coordinating with the Russian government when asked about such ties by Franken. "It's totally in passing".
Page also divulged that he had told "a few other people" on the campaign that he planned to travel to Moscow in July 2016 to deliver a speech in his capacity as a private citizen.
"I've already had so much of a negative impact given these false allegations", he added.
"I don't know", Trump told reporters Friday on the White House lawn as he prepared to board Marine One for the first leg of trip to Asia. They revealed George Papadopoulos, a foreign policy adviser for the.
Also, it was only a matter of time before people began speculating who would be cast to play him in the inevitable made-for-TV movie about Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation campaign-meddling investigation.
Sessions replied: "I'm not aware of any of those activities". Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. "There were questions that elicited exactly the kind of information that the Papadopoulos plea agreement made". Al Franken, D-Minn., that he had no communications with Russian officials during the campaign.
But an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent's affidavit supporting criminal charges against Papadopoulos said he also claimed in an email that top Trump campaign officials, who weren't identified, approved a pre-election meeting with representatives of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The email went to "several members of the Campaign's foreign policy team", prosecutors alleged.
A lawyer representing Clovis confirmed this week that Clovis was the person, identified as the "Campaign Supervisor" in court papers, who brought Papadopoulos onto an advisory committee on national security. "As far as Sessions seemed to be concerned, when he shut down this idea of Papadopoulos engaging with Russian Federation, that was the end of it and he moved the meeting along to other issues".
"I actually had a previously scheduled meeting with some top US military officers thousands of miles away from Washington", he said. He also later encouraged Papadopoulos to travel to Russian Federation on his own.
"That was the only time our informal committee actually got together with then-candidate Trump".