WASHINGTON — Attorney General Jeff Sessions rejected a proposal by a junior campaign aide who offered to use his “Russian contacts” to try to set up a meeting between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, a source familiar with the matter told NBC News.
The aide, George Papadapoulos, has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, and documents released Monday show he was in contact with Russians who offered him “dirt” on Hillary Clinton — including thousands of emails.
This new revelation is significant because Sessions told Congress under oath in June that he had “no knowledge” of any conversations by anyone connected to the Trump campaign about “any type of interference with any campaign” by Russians.
Congressional investigators want to question Sessions about the new disclosures and his new recollection, multiple Congressional officials told NBC News. Both the judiciary and the intelligence committees have an interest …