"You know, it'll come out", Page said.
"Let's remember that this is about Russian interference in our election and that is at the very heart of our system of democracy and we're trying to find out whether the Trump campaign cooperated", Franken said.
But the chairman of Trump's national security team, then Alabama senator and now attorney general Jeff Sessions, shut down the idea of a Putin meeting at the March 31, 2016, gathering, according to a person in the room.
Sessions' failure to disclose those meetings ultimately led to his recusal from the Justice Department's Russian Federation investigation, and functioned as one of the many missteps that triggered the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller.
Page also acknowledged Friday that he was copied on an email from campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos suggesting that Republican candidate Donald Trump meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Sessions made similar denials in two subsequent hearings before Congress on Russian Federation since taking office. "So, I didn't even go to that".
The March 24, 2016 email in question was highlighted in the plea agreement Papadopoulos entered into after lying to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents about the extent of his contacts with individuals like Joseph Mifsud, a London-based professor of diplomacy who allegedly spent months trying to connect Papadopoulos with Russian officials.
Court documents said Clovis told Papadopoulos: "Great work".
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According to court documents released Monday, Papadopoulos said he was in a meeting with Trump and other advisers, including then-Sen.
"I don't make anything sinister out of it", Conaway told CNN.
"He needs to clarify his testimony before our committee", Judiciary Committee member Sen.
Sessions repeated that claim in written testimony to the committee, despite multiple meetings with the Russian envoy Sergey Kislyak during the campaign.
"It might be worth writing a letter and saying 'What happened?' I wouldn't mind writing a letter, because he was pretty definitive he never had that discussion about Russia", Graham of SC said in an interview.
While Democrats made clear that the Papadopoulos revelations raise new questions about whether Sessions told the truth to Congress, there was little indication they'd pursue the politically and legally uncertain possibility that the nation's top law enforcement official could be prosecuted for perjury.
Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) on Friday slammed Attorney General Jeff Sessions for not telling him the truth during his January confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, and again in October during a separate congressional hearing.