Trump, Sessions Russian Denials Now in Question

They attended meeting where adviser boasted of contacts; Trump wants focus on Clinton
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 3, 2017 9:41 AM CDT
President Trump and first lady Melania Trump stop to talk with Attorney General Jeff Sessions at a White House function.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

(Newser) – A new story is emerging from the Robert Mueller moves earlier this week, one that could be bad news for President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Both have repeatedly denied personally knowing about any outreach between members of the Trump campaign and Russian officials, but the newly unsealed court documents now call those denials into question. Meanwhile, Trump unleashed a new series of tweets again calling for investigators to look instead to the campaign of Hillary Clinton, especially in the wake of the new Donna Brazile allegations. Details and developments:

  • Boasts of Papadopoulos: The court documents reveal that campaign adviser George Papadopoulos boasted of his Russia contacts at a 2016 meeting attended by both Trump and Sessions. Papadopoulos even said he could arrange a meeting between Trump and Putin, an idea immediately shot down by Sessions, reports the New York Times.
  • Trump reaction: The president "listened with interest," per the Times, which says the revelations "represent the first concrete evidence that Mr. Trump was personally told about ties between a campaign adviser and Russian officials." After his inauguration, Trump categorically denied knowing of any such contacts. On Friday, he told reporters, "I don't remember much about that meeting," per Politico. "It was a very unimportant meeting, took place a long time [ago]. Don't remember much about it."

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