Three witnesses told the Reuters news agency on Sunday that they were present during the planning of a Russian “outreach” proposal for the Trump presidential campaign that was floated by George Papadopoulos, the former campaign staffer who has turned federal witness in Robert Mueller’s Russia probe.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified before Congress last November that he had “pushed back” against the idea of such an outreach to the Russian government. That plan eventually led to the infamous Trump Tower meeting between Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, a host of key players in the Trump 2016 campaign, and Kremlin lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya. The meeting promised a “quid pro quo” of damaging information about Trump’s opponent, Hillary Clinton, in exchange for a lifting of sanctions against Russia — an act that is tantamount to treason.
Now the three witnesses, although each of their accounts of the meeting and proposal vary slightly, all say that Sessions never “pushed back” against the idea of the Russian outreach proposal.
Sessions was an Alabama Senator at the time, and the head of Trump’s foreign policy team. That meeting took place at the end of March in 2016.
One remaining witness, J.D. Gordon, stood by his own statement on Sunday that Sessions HAD opposed Papadopoulous’ idea and said never to speak about it again. But the anonymous witnesses all contradicted both Gordon and Sessions in no uncertain terms.
Sessions was not unavailable for comment; he did, however, “decline” to comment through Justice Department Spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores. Spokespeople for both parties on the House Judiciary, the Committee before which Sessions gave the contradictory testimony, also had no immediate comment, though one is forthcoming soon, it is assumed.
This is yet another charge for Mueller to take up with Team Trump as he rounds everyone up at the end of his investigation.
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