Carter Page met with Russian official during 2016 trip to Moscow

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Trump was also non-committal in response to a question about whether he would fire attorney-general Jeff Sessions, who he has criticised for appointing special counsel Robert Mueller to investigate potential collusion between Trump campaign officials and Russian efforts to manipulate the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.

Even so, it's unclear how hard Democrats will go after Sessions even if they conclude that he lied to Congress.

"Papadopoulos was some 29-year old that nobody had ever heard of and who struck people in the room as someone who didn't have a lot of credibility", the person said. It was the first meeting of then-candidate Trump's foreign policy team at a time when he was being roundly criticized for not having foreign policy credentials and not being able to name any major players who were helping him out.

Former Trump foreign policy adviser Carter Page privately testified Thursday that he mentioned to Jeff Sessions he was traveling to Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential campaign -- as new questions emerge about the attorney general's comments to Congress about Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.

A source familiar with Sessions' comments to Congress told ABC News the attorney general "has been entirely truthful and consistent on this matter".

Page said it was the only time he met Sessions. Papadopoulos made the offer during a meeting that both Sessions and Mr. Trump attended in March 2016. He said Sessions did not react or comment one way or the other.

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At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on October 18, Sen.

Franken asked: "If there is any evidence that anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign communicated with the Russian government in the course of this campaign, what will you do?"

Franken added, "This is another example in an alarming pattern in which you, the nation's top law enforcement officer, apparently failed to tell the truth, under oath, about the Trump team's contacts with agents of Russia-a hostile foreign power that interfered in the 2016 election".

"Ultimately, whether or not he committed perjury, will be again, I believe, Bob Mueller's call", Franken said. He answered some questions from reporters. At least two Democratic members of the Senate judiciary committee, Al Franken of Minnesota and Patrick Leahy of Vermont, have asked the FBI to investigate whether Sessions committed perjury during his confirmation hearings. He was not aware of any continuous exchange of information during the campaign between Trump surrogates and intermediaries for Russian government as Sen.

"Which is why it's such a mystery why George Papadopoulos... would lie to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his meetings with Russians when they weren't illegal".

"It's odd that he forgot all those things", Franken said.

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