Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller Indicts Two More Trump Campaign Officials

03 November, 2017, 00:18 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • Sam Clovis

CNN reached out to other people in attendance at the meeting who did not respond.

In a letter dated Wednesday and obtained by Politico, Sam Clovis said that he was "eternally grateful and humbled" by the president's nomination. The new information is renewing attention to how forthcoming Sessions has been with Congress.

Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican member of the Judiciary Committee, said it makes sense to ask Sessions to clarify the chain of events and how he reconciles it with his testimony before the committee.

The hosts and guests will also analyze other top news stories and issues including Tony Podesta-brother and business partner of former Clinton Campaign Chair John Podesta-stepping down from his role in the Podesta Group lobbying firm. Richard Blumenthal, a Connecticut Democrat who sits on the Senate judiciary committee.

Though he refused to say whether he discussed with Trump Comey's involvement in the Russian Federation investigation, he did say that the president had asked him and Rosenstein for their recommendations about what to do with Comey. Papadopoulos proposed meeting with Putin and Trump.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley said Thursday he was still learning all the details about the Papadopoulos matter.


Sessions deflected the questions by maintaining that presidents are entitled to have private discussions with Cabinet secretaries, saying at one point, "I do not confirm or deny the existence of any communication between the president that I consider to be confidential".

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.

Peskov also says that connections between former Trump foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos and a man he believed to have links to the Russian Foreign Ministry did not prove any complicity by the Russian government. "His lack of qualifications and long history of politically divisive statements were disqualifying, and the recent news surrounding his time as co-chair of the Trump campaign has raised even more questions".

Asked about his agriculture research experience, Clovis replied, "I bring 17 years of agriculture experience integrated into both undergraduate- and graduate-level courses throughout my teaching career as reflected in my curriculum vitae as well as the Committee's questionnaire". He later acknowledged that he met then-Russian ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak twice during the campaign.

J.D. Gordon, a former Pentagon spokesman and Trump campaign national security adviser who attended the meeting, told CNN he was "surprised to learn this week what George Papadopoulos was up to during the campaign".

Sessions testified in June that he wasn't aware of any conversations between "anyone connected to the Trump campaign" and Russians about "any type of interference with any campaign or election in the United States".

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