But that narrative has been challenged by a pair of recent events, most notably a guilty plea from George Papadopoulos, who last month admitted in court to lying to the FBI about his own foreign contacts. Now, as additional information has surfaced that contradicts prior statements Sessions made under oath, that leadership has remained silent.
Fitton said on "Fox & Friends First" that the workings of the Podesta Group, a top Washington, D.C., lobbying firm, are just as big an issue for Mueller's team to examine.
The focus of the questions put to Clovis by Mueller's team has not been previously reported. "Removing Sessions would be destabilizing to the investigation, and Democrats don't want to upset the apple cart". He was part of a foreign policy council that Sessions chaired, and the two are among the men in a March 2016 photograph that Trump posted on social media.
Page told the panel he had informed some members of the Trump campaign about the trip, including Sessions. Schumer echoed Pelosi in a press conference, saying Sessions needed to resign "for the good of the country".
"The ultimate question Mueller is after is whether candidate Trump and then President-elect Trump knew of the discussions going on with Russia, and who approved or even directed them", said one source. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Sen.
Gordon has also said that Papadopoulos went around him and Sessions and that they did not know he had continued to try to arrange such a meeting.
"The interviews will ideally be completed by Thanksgiving, or shortly thereafter", said White House special counsel Ty Cobb in an interview with NPR. Neither publicly called for Sessions' departure following the July report or when a document released with Papadopoulos' guilty plea in the Russia probe revealed that Sessions had been part of a meeting at which Papadopoulos offered to help set up a Trump-Putin meeting.
Democratic members of the House Judiciary Committee advised Sessions in a letter last week that they intended to press him on what they said were "inconsistencies" between the attorney general's past statements and the new revelations.
In Schumer's interview with Maddow, he said of Mueller: "God forbid if he's interfered with". Lawyers for Papadopoulos had no immediate comment.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Attorney General Jeff Sessions returns to Capitol Hill this week amid growing evidence of contacts between Russians and associates of President Donald Trump, bracing for an onslaught of lawmaker questions about how much he knew of that outreach during last year's White House campaign.
Senate staffers tell NPR they're having a hard time fitting this massive tax bill into a $1.5 trillion hole - and they have to figure it all out if they want to stick to the goal of passing this out of the Senate after Thanksgiving. "We are providing you with notice in advance because we expect you to respond", ranking committee Democrat Rep. John Conyers and his colleagues wrote to Sessions, according to reports in Reuters.
"If he had another instance of an out-and-out lie, or we found out he had other, personal contact with the Russians", Eisen said.
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