Washington (CNN) Attorney Basic Jeff Classes returned to Capitol Hill on Tuesday for another round of heated testimony regarding what he knew about the Trump campaign’s interactions with Russians.
Democrats pressed Classes on his past denials, some of which are actually losing credibility as new reports emerge about contacts between Trump associates and Russians.
Since Classes’ previous testimony on the Hill in mid-October, President Donald Trump’s child, Donald Trump Jr., acknowledged some individual communications with WikiLeaks through the campaign. And unsealed court public records exposed that Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos experienced repeated contacts with Russians and pleaded guilty to the FBI for lying about those contacts.
There isn’t any evidence to recommend that Sessions knew about Trump Jr.’s individual communications with WikiLeaks, though Trump Jr. did inform various other senior associates of the Trump campaign about the contacts. While Classes was in the room with Papadopoulos during at least two campaign meetings, the attorney general testified that he didn’t recall the meetings until he find out about them in the news.
Here is a breakdown of Classes’ many denials and the relevant specifics that later found light. He vehemently denies lying under oath and denies taking part in any collusion with Russia.
January 10, 2017: During his confirmation hearing, Classes denied having any communications with Russians or perhaps knowledge of any campaign contact with Russians.
He was asked by Democratic Sen. Al Franken, “when there is any data that anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign communicated with the Russian federal government in the course of this campaign, what will you do?”
Sessions responded, “I’m not aware of some of those actions. I have been known as a surrogate at a time or two for the reason that campaign and I did not need communications with the Russians, and I’m unable to touch upon it.”
It was reported 8 weeks later that Classes had met the then-Russian ambassador to the US, Sergey Kislyak, twice through the presidential campaign. Classes acknowledged these meetings and explained that they were part of his work as a senator and had been unrelated to the campaign. Sessions also recused himself from overseeing the FBI investigation into Russian meddling.
January 17, 2017: Classes denied having any campaign-related contacts with Russians found in a written questionnaire submitted within his confirmation process.
The question from Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy browse, “Have you been in touch with anyone linked to any section of the Russian government about the 2016 election, either before or after election time?” Sessions provided a one-word reply: “No.”
Two months later, Classes acknowledged meeting Kislyak through the campaign, but he has taken care of that their conversations were not about the presidential election.
June 13, 2017: Classes denied under oath that he knew about any conversations between Trump campaign officials and Russians regarding interference in the election.
“I have under no circumstances met with or had any dialogue with any Russians or any foreign officials concerning any kind of interference with any campaign or election in america,” Sessions told the Senate cleverness committee . “Further, I’ve no knowledge of any such conversations by anyone linked to the Trump campaign.”
At a March 2016 appointment of the Trump campaign’s foreign policy crew, Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos explained that he, “had connections that could help arrange a meeting,” between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to court filings unsealed in October. Classes was at the appointment. Papadopoulos pleaded guilty in October to lying to the FBI about his Russian contacts.
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October 18, 2017: Classes testified that he was unaware of anyone in the Trump campaign, or campaign surrogates, having communications with the Russians prior to the election.
At a Senate judiciary committee hearing , Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham asked, “Performed anybody in the campaign, did you ever overhear a dialogue between you and anybody on the campaign who talked about meeting with the Russians?” Classes replied, “I’ve not seen anything that would show collusion with the Russians to affect the campaign.”
Franken later asked: “You do not believe surrogates from the Trump campaign had communications with the Russians? Is certainly that what you’re declaring?” Classes replied, “I did so not and I’m not aware of anyone else that did, and I don’t believe it happened.”
By enough time of the hearing, communications between a small number of Trump associates and Russians have been reported in the press and, in some instances , confirmed by the Trump associates, including Donald Trump Jr. and White House senior adviser Jared Kushner.
The Papadopoulos case was unsealed a few weeks following this Senate hearing, revealing his contacts with Russians and that Sessions was privy to at least some off his communications. Sessions after testified that he remembered the appointment after seeing news information about it.
November 14, 2017: Classes testified that he didn’t remember key details about meetings with Trump campaign advisers where they mentioned their communications with Russians.
“Frankly, I had zero recollection of this until I saw these news information. I do today recall the March 2016 meeting at Trump Hotel that Mr. Papadopoulos attended, but I’ve no clear recollection of the details of what he explained during that meeting,” Classes told the home judiciary committee . “After browsing his account, and to the best of my recollection, I believe I needed to make clear to him that he had not been authorized to represent the campaign with the Russian federal government, or any other foreign government, for example.”
Classes also said he didn’t recall discussing Russia with Trump campaign adviser Carter Page found in summer 2016. Page lately told the House cleverness committee that he informed Classes that he was going on a trip to Russia, as an exclusive citizen, to speak at a university.
“As for Mr. Page, while I really do not obstacle his recollection, I’ve no recollection of his presence at a dinner at the Capitol Hill Club or any passing dialogue he may have had with me as he remaining,” Sessions said about his knowledge of Page’s visit to Moscow, which occurred in July 2016.