CNN: Papadopolous Contradicts Sessions’ Testimony on Trump-Putin Meeting
WHITFIELD: "All right, welcome back. I’m Frederica Whitfield. There’s been a new development in the Russia investigation. The former Trump campaign adviser who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI in that probe has publicly contradicted the attorney general’s sworn testimony before Congress. George papadopoulos says Jeff Sessions seemed to support his idea that then-candidate Donald Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin meet during the 2016 campaign. Sessions told Congress under oath that he pushed back on that idea. CNN’s Sarah Westwood is at the White House for us. So, Sarah, this revelation came during a court filing late last night. What more can you tell us?"
WESTWOOD: "George papadopoulos’ legal team was making a sentencing request to a judge, trying to keep him out of jail as the court weighs what his fate will be now that he’s pleaded guilty to lying to investigators. Papadopoulos’ lawyers in that filing claiming that not only was then candidate trump receptive to the idea of a meeting with Vladimir Putin during the 2016 campaign, but he then deferred to attorney general Jeff Sessions who was then a senator and a powerful surrogate for the campaign, and sessions was open to the idea and said that the campaign should look into it. And obviously, that stands in stark contrast to what he told Congress late last year when he appeared before the house Judiciary Committee. Take a listen to what he said then."