Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Tuesday that the “chaos” of President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign caused him to forget meetings in which Trump campaign aides told him that they were reaching out to members of the Russian government.
In his opening statement before the House Judiciary Committee, Sessions said that it was very difficult for him to recall all of the details about which Trump campaign officials tried to talk to the Russian government about unearthing damaging information on Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton.
“It was a brilliant campaign, I think, in many ways, but it was a form of chaos every day from day one,” Sessions said. “We traveled sometimes to several places in one day. Sleep was in short supply, and I was still a full time senator with a very full schedule.”
Sessions, however, did acknowledge that he was at a 2016 meeting where former Trump campaign aide George Papadopolous pitched setting up direct contacts between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“I do now recall that the March 2016 meeting at the Trump hotel that Mr. Papadopoulos attended, but I have no clear recollection of the details of what he said at that meeting,” Sessions said. “But I did not recall this event which occurred 18 months before my testimony of a few weeks ago. And I would gladly have reported it had I remembered it, because I pushed back against his suggestion that I thought may have been improper.”
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‘Reality is hard to ignore’: CNN’s Chris Cuomo clashes with GOP congressman over Ukraine testimony
On Tuesday's edition of CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time," anchor Chris Cuomo traded barbs with Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK), who tried to claim there was no evidence Trump committed any wrongdoing in Ukraine — and was repeatedly smacked down.
"What this was was an opening statement with no cross-examination," said Mullin. "What I was told by my Republican colleagues, John Radcliffe tore this apart piece by piece in less than two minutes. We don't know this because it's not open and transparent."
"This is the investigation, though. Just to make it clear for the audience," said Cuomo. "You don't usually get, as a defendant, a team in there to help new an investigation. But Republicans are there and you asked him to take the job as a lifelong Republican."
Maddow says ‘everyone involved’ in Giuliani scheme will be drinking ‘prison wine made from toilet water’
The host of "The Rachel Maddow Show" on MSNBC recounted a day of bombshell news as Ambassador Bill Taylor testified before Congress about President Donald Trump seeking foreign election assistance from Ukraine.
"I mean, when it came to carrying out what Bill Taylor described today as the highly irregular channel of U.S. policy-making that was running this scheme on behalf of the president, everybody involved in that is, like, in jail or going to jail or fighting going to jail," Maddow reported.
DOJ is ‘aiding and abetting’ the Ukraine conspiracy — because they know it goes to the top: Nixon’s John Dean
On Tuesday's edition of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," former Nixon White House Counsel John Dean said that President Donald Trump's Ukraine scandal has all the makings of a criminal conspiracy — and that the Justice Department needs to immediately investigate the actors in the Ukraine conspiracy.
"John, I want to read you part of what [EU] Ambassador [Gordon] Sondland said during his testimony last week," said Cooper. "He said, 'Inviting a foreign government to undertake investigations for the purpose of influencing an upcoming U.S. election would be wrong. Withholding foreign aid in order to pressure a foreign government to take such steps would be wrong. I did not and would not ever participate in such undertakings.' Now, according to Taylor’s testimony today, I mean that’s exactly what he did at the behest of President Trump."