Graham Urges Sessions To Testify Again On Russia

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Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham has urged Attorney General Jeff Sessions to appear once again before the Senate to answer questions about Donald Trump's election campaign.

Graham said that Sessions must explain what he knew about alleged Russian interference in the campaign, according to UPI.

"Jeff, you need to tell us everything you know about Russia," said Graham during an appearance on Fox News. "So yeah, he probably should come back, and answer the question yet again: 'Did you know anything about an effort by the Trump campaign to meet with Russia, not just collude with Russia?'"

The issue emerged after it was revealed that George Papadopoulos, a volunteer adviser to the Trump campaign, proposed setting up a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a discussion in March 2016. He has since pleaded guilty to lying to FBI agents about his contacts with Russians during the 2016 campaign.

"So we now know that somebody at a meeting, Mr. Papadopoulos, raised the idea of meeting with Putin," said Graham. "There's nothing wrong with Trump meeting with Putin if he wanted to. It would be wrong to have the Russians help the Trump campaign or Hillary Clinton's campaign."

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The calls for Sessions to provide more information have come from both parties.

"He now needs to come back before the committee, in person, under oath, to explain why he cannot seem to provide truthful, complete answers to these important and relevant questions," Democratic Sen. Pat Leahy said.

Leahy stated that Sessions had been given chances in the past to set the record straight, "yet he only continued to mislead," according to HuffPost.

Sen. Al Franken declared that Sessions either has a terrible memory or "is deliberately not telling me the truth."

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Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, agreed. Sessions has appeared twice before the committee, once during his confirmation hearing in January and again in October. He told the committee he was unaware of any communication between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Court documents state that Sessions and Trump were at the meeting during which Papadopoulos made the proposal to arrange a meeting with Putin.

"Maybe he has a faulty memory," Feinstein said of Sessions. "So there are a lot of excuses one can make. But at this stage, he's got to narrow his recollections. When he comes before the committee again, he has to be precise and it has to be accurate."

Sources: UPI, HuffPost / Featured Image: Department of Homeland Security/justice.gov via Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons, U.S. Department of Justice/justice.gov via Wikimedia Commons

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