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Page: Conversation with Sessions about Russian Federation trip was 'a brief comment'

Trump didn't dismiss idea of Putin meeting

"I don't make anything sinister out of it", Conaway told CNN.

Mr. Clovis was drawn further into controversy this week when George Papadopoulos, a Trump campaign official, plead guilty to misleading Federal Bureau of Investigation agents about a series of meetings he took with Russia-linked individuals during the 2016 election.

According to a document describing charges against the adviser, Papadopoulos attended a "national security meeting" in DC with then-candidate Trump and other foreign policy advisers, on March 31 2016.

Sam Clovis was the first of President Trump's nominees to withdraw from consideration after he was among the names of President Trump's campaign officials involved with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe.

The revelations that Sessions may have made false statements under oath riled many top Democrats, especially Franken.

Last month he reiterated he did not know of any Trump campaign official having contact with Russian officials - a claim Senate Democrats are pushing back on. Page said the trips were "completely unrelated to my limited volunteer role with the campaign and as I've done dozens of times throughout my life".

Page reportedly told House committee members that had mentioned the trip to Sessions, who denied having any knowledge of Trump campaign Russian Federation ties in his Senate confirmation hearing in January.

Sessions had not previously disclosed the meeting, despite being asked over multiple appearances on Capitol Hill whether he or anyone on the campaign ever discussed meeting with Russians.

CNN had also reported that the encounter Page described occurred at a dinner at the Capitol Hill Club, at which Page approached Sessions to say hello and mentioned he was headed to Russian Federation, according to a source familiar with the meeting.

Democratic sources who requested anonymity said Republican Chuck Grassley, the committee chairman, is resisting the Democrats' demands to recall Sessions.

Sessions has been dogged over his testimony before Congress about interactions with Russians during the 2016 presidential campaign.

"He needs to clarify his testimony before our committee", said Judiciary Committee member Sen.

"I'm not aware of any of those activities", said Sessions in an indirect response to Franken's question.

Under pressure, Sessions later recused himself from the Department of Justice investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

"What happens if you get a new Attorney General - and the Democrats can't blame the president because they are the ones pushing them out - and then this new guy comes and says, 'Guess what?"