US House Democrats to Grill Sessions About Russia and Trump Campaign on Nov. 14
REUTERS/ Yuri GripasUS20:46 07.11.2017(updated 20:49 07.11.2017) Get short URL
The US attorney general is next in line to testify in the so-called Russia probe after former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Democratic members of the US House of Representatives Judiciary Committee are set to question US Attorney General Jeff Sessions about statements he has made regarding Russia and the campaign of President Donald Trump when he appears at an oversight hearing on November 14, according to a letter from the Democrats to Sessions.
“We understand that… you will appear before the House Committee on the Judiciary for an oversight hearing,” the letter said. “In anticipation of our meeting — and in the hope that you will provide us with answers to our questions that are both responsive and complete — we wright to direct your attention to the following matter.”
The Democrats have also used the letter to ask Sessions why he has not responded to more than 40 letters they sent asking for information necessary to conduct oversight on the Department of Justice.
The letter lists facts from court documents filed when former campaign aide George Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), which include information that contradicts what Sessions had told the Judiciary Committee under oath on multiple occasions.
Russia Probe Gains Momentum
Papadopoulos, who, according to the White House, had “an extremely limited role” in the Trump presidential campaign previously told the FBI that he had been in contact with an unnamed London-based “professor,” who had allegedly claimed to have damaging information on then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton before he had joined Trump’s campaign team, while the communications had occurred afterward, according to the Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office.
Information about Papadopoulos, who was slammed by Trump as a “liar” pleading guilty came the same day when former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and his business associate Rick Gates were charged on 12 counts, including “conspiracy against the US” and “conspiracy to launder money.”
Manafort, who worked as an advisor to Ukrainian former President, Viktor Yanukovych, who was ousted during violent Maidan protests resulting in a coup in February 2014, has been charged over being engaged in a multi-million dollar lobbying campaign in the US on behalf of Kiev. According to President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly called the probes into the alleged “collusion” with Russia a “witch hunt,” his former campaign manager was accused of deadlings he had made years prior to his campaign.
Following the first indictments in the Russia probe conducted by Mueller, another former Trump campaign adviser, Carter Page, tensified before Congress over alleged Moscow’s interference in the US election, a claim repeatedly refuted by the Kremlin as groundless.