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Ex-Trump Aide Recalls ‘Enthusiastic’ Sessions Over Putin Meeting

  • Attorney general told Congress he’d opposed a 2016 summit
  • Former Trump adviser said he has a different recollection
Jeff Sessions

Jeff Sessions

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

A foreign-policy adviser to Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign said Attorney General Jeff Sessions did not push back on a proposed meeting between the presidential candidate and Russian President Vladimir Putin as Sessions has testified.

George Papadopoulos, who was sentenced Friday to 14 days in jail for lying to investigators, said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week” that, at a March 2016 campaign meeting, Sessions was “enthusiastic” about the proposed summit with Putin. Papadopoulos told campaign officials that he could help broker the meeting through his contact with a professor.