The question facing Mueller and his team is whether Miller, who was aware of the campaign's Russian ties through Papadopoulos updates, advised Trump to dismiss Comey since he feared the FBI director is about to reveal the Russian conncection.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Attorney General Jeff Sessions returns to Capitol Hill this week amid growing evidence of contacts between Russians and associates of President Donald Trump, bracing for an onslaught of lawmaker questions about how much he knew of that outreach during last year's White House campaign.
Donald Trump may be out of the country, but the Russian Federation investigation is boiling hot after White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller was interviewed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
George Papadopoulos, who worked on the campaign as a policy adviser, has pleaded guilty to lying to FBI investigators about his contact with Russian actors during the campaign. That issue has been at the forefront of each of his congressional hearings even as Sessions has labored to promote the Justice Department's work and priorities, and Tuesday's appearance is unlikely to be an exception. Schumer's office pointed to an interview with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow on Nov. 2, in which he said Sessions needed to "come back" before Congress, but not that Sessions should resign.
At his January confirmation hearing, Sessions told Sen.
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He struck a similar note before the Senate Judiciary Committee last month, when he denied knowledge of communications between Russians and Trump campaign officials.
Trump added: "Every time he sees me, he says, 'I didn't do that.' And I believe - I really believe, that when he tells me that, he means it. ..."
On the day it became known the DNC email had been hacked by the Russians, Papadopoulos wrote to Miller: "some interesting messages coming in from Moscow about a trip when the time is right".
"The investigators now know what Papadopoulos was doing on the Russian front, which he initially tried to conceal, and who he told that to", said the other source.
Watch the full analysis above. He was part of a foreign policy council that Sessions chaired, and the two are among the men in a March 2016 photograph that Trump posted on social media.
Gordon has also said that Papadopoulos went around him and Sessions and that they did not know he had continued to try to arrange such a meeting.
Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller, declined to comment.
After Sessions repeatedly insisted in hearings this year that he was unaware of any contacts between the campaign and Moscow, Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee will be pressing him over whether he lied in sworn testimony. Sessions said after the report was published that he and Kislyak had not discussed campaign matters.
"No, I think that's a violation".
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