October 18, 2017 - Washington, District of Columbia, U.S. - Attorney General JEFF SESSIONS testifies during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Full committee hearing on ''Oversight of the U.S. Department of Justice.'' Sessions told the Senate panel that he would not answer questions about his conversations with President Trump leading up to the firing of former FBI Director Comey, saying he considered them confidential. (Credit Image: � Bill Clark/Congressional Quarterly/Newscom via ZUMA Press)

Sen. Al Franken on Thursday issued a fiery letter demanding answers from US Attorney General Jeff Sessions, amid reports Sessions emphatically rejected a proposal in March 2016 from former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos to set up a meeting between Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. 
“This newest revelation strongly suggests that the Senate—and the American public—cannot trust your word,” Franken wrote. 
During his confirmation hearings in January, Sessions told Congress in sworn testimony that he was unaware of any discussions between the Trump campaign and Russian officials to collaborate in defeating Hillary Clinton. Session’s interaction with Papdopoulos at the March 31 meeting came to light this week alongside the revelation that Papadopoulos quietly plead guilty to lying to federal authorities over the summer about his attempts to work with Russian officials on behalf of the Trump campaign.
A source familiar with the March 31 meeting told Mother Jones that Sessions does not recall Papadopoulos citing ongoing contacts with …