On Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions appeared in front of House Judiciary Committee to answer questions regarding the Russian probe, DACA and Roy Moore.
Yet, when it came to why he did not disclose his conversation with Trump advisor George Papadopoulos, Sessions insisted he did not lie to Congress, he simply did not recall.
“I do now recall the March 2016 meeting at Trump Hotel that Mr. Papadopoulos attended, but I have no clear recollection of the details of what he said during that meeting,” Sessions said in his opening statement.
He added his memory was only jarred after he read about it.
“After reading his account, and to the best of my recollection, I believe that I wanted to make clear to him that he was not authorized to represent the campaign with the Russian government, or any other foreign government, for that matter,” Sessions continued on. “But I did not recall this event, which occurred 18 months before my testimony of a few weeks ago, and would gladly have reported it.”
He also blamed his memory lapse on the “chaos” of the Trump campaign.
“All of you have been in a campaign. But most of you have not participated in a presidential campaign,” Sessions opined. “And none of you had a part in the Trump campaign. It was a brilliant campaign in many ways. But it was a form of chaos every day from day one. We traveled all the time, sometimes to several places in one day. Sleep was in short supply and I was still a full-time senator keeping a very full schedule during this time.”
AG Jeff Sessions on George Papadopoulos and Carter Page: “Frankly, I had no recollection of this meeting until I saw these news reports” https://t.co/KNPygHUzeW
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