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What We Know About Papadopoulos Russia Meet Claim

But CNN is told Papadopoulos attended another campaign policy meeting, though Trump was not in attendance. Clovis was set to have his confirmation hearing next week.

Sen. John Cornyn, the No. 2 in Republican leadership who serves on the intelligence and judiciary panels, said he was unaware of Sessions' attendance at that meeting until now.

Yet, in a reflection of the extent to which the Russian Federation investigation and his own role as a Trump campaign ally have dominated public attention, Sessions first appeared months ago before the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is conducting its own probe of election meddling.

The repeated, often-testy questioning about the Russian Federation investigation, coming even as Sessions spearheads sweeping changes to the Justice Department in the areas of LGBT rights, criminal justice and immigration, illustrates the extent to which the probe continues to shadow Sessions even though he recused himself months ago.

This official said Papadopoulos exchanged emails "constantly" on foreign policy matters with the Trump team during the campaign.

The president told the Times, "I'm actually not angry at anybody".

Writing to the Russian contact a week before the Republican National Convention, Papadopoulos proposed a meeting for August or September in the United Kingdom that would include "my national chairman and maybe one other foreign policy adviser" and members of Putin's office and Russia's foreign ministry.

On pardons, Sekulow says: "I have not had a conversation with the president regarding pardons". He later acknowledged that he met then-Russian ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak twice during the campaign.

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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?"

Papadopoulos' name first was raised in connection with the Trump campaign when Trump listed as one of his foreign policy advisers during a Washington Post editorial board interview.

He also testified that he does not remember meeting Kislyak during a VIP reception before an April 2016 campaign event at the Mayflower Hotel, though he acknowledged Kislyak was in the room.

Clovis, a former conservative radio talk show host in Iowa who was a frequent guest on CNN during the election, became an early supporter of Trump's two years ago.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions strongly defended President Donald Trump's firing of James Comey, but at a Senate hearing Wednesday repeatedly declined to discuss private conversations with the president about the dismissal, frustrating Democratic lawmakers who wanted to link the firing of the Federal Bureau of Investigation director to a broader inquiry into Russian election meddling.

Asked under oath at a Senate hearing last month if he believed Trump campaign surrogates had communications with Russians, Sessions replied, "I did not and I'm not aware of anyone else that did, and I don't believe it happened".

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

"I'm in the office early and leave late; it's very smooth", Trump continued.

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