Washington (CNN) Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday told lawmakers that he right now remembers a gathering with Trump marketing campaign aide George Papadopoulos, whose work is currently a focus of Robert Mueller’s special counsel investigation into Russian election meddling, but denied having a distinct memory of full the conversation.
“I do right now recall the March 2016 meeting at Trump Resort that Mr. Papadopoulos attended, but I have no distinct recollection of the facts of what he stated at that getting together with,” Sessions told the home judiciary committee, answering inquiries before Congress for the 3rd time since becoming sworn in.
Sessions previously said he previously “no recollection” of the getting together with that he chaired that included Papadopoulos until a picture of it surfaced following the staffer’s guilty plea for false statements.
“After reading his bank account, and to the best of my recollection, I think that I needed to make sharp to him that he was not authorized to represent the marketing campaign with the Russian authorities, or any other overseas government, for that matter. But I did not recall this function, which occurred 1 . 5 years before my testimony of a few weeks ago, and would gladly have reported it experienced I remembered it, because I pushed back again against his suggestion.”
But Sessions insisted he did not make any false statements in his previous congressional testimony or public statements.