Report: Sessions Rejected Trump-Putin Meeting Proposal in 2016

Attorney General Jeff Sessions “shut down” proposals by George Papadopoulos that the Trump campaign and Vladimir Putin meet, both NBC and CNN reported Thursday. Papadopoulos made the proposal at a Trump campaign meeting in March 2016. Sessions, a Trump campaign surrogate at the time, was present and reportedly rejected the suggested Russia meeting after Trump declined to rule it out. Sessions, however, did not disclose this information to Congress during his Senate confirmation hearing for attorney general or during his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee. At the Senate judiciary hearing last month, the attorney general told Sen. Lindsey Graham that he had “not seen anything that would indicate collusion with the Russians to impact the campaign.”