Franken has 'a lot of questions' for Sessions on Russia contacts
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Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenDemocrats turn on Al Franken Schumer called, met with Franken and told him to resign Overnight Finance: Trump says shutdown 'could happen' | Ryan, conservatives inch closer to spending deal | Senate approves motion to go to tax conference | Ryan promises 'entitlement reform' in 2018 MORE (D-Minn.) said Thursday that he has "a lot of questions" for Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsGOP strategist donates to Alabama Democrat House passes concealed carry gun bill Rosenstein to testify before House Judiciary Committee next week MORE regarding his knowledge of Trump campaign officials' connection to Russians during the presidential race.

"I have a lot of questions for the attorney general," Franken told MSNBC's Chris Matthews in an interview, saying he supports Sen. Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahyAvalanche of Democratic senators say Franken should resign America isn't ready to let Sessions off his leash Your tax dollars fund Afghan child rape MORE (Vt.), the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, in calling for Sessions to return for another testimony

Franken's comments come after Sessions reportedly shut down a suggestion by a junior Trump campaign adviser, George Papadopoulos, that he could potentially arrange a meeting between then-Republican candidate Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for ‘serious case of amnesia’ after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don’t want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE and his Russian contacts, and possibly with Russian President Vladimir Putin himself. 


The Minnesota senator said Sessions had been "moving the goalpost" on his account of his knowledge of the campaign's connections to Russia, changing his story from at first having not spoken with then-Russian ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak on anything related to the campaign to not having spoken of anything on Russia's alleged interference.

"He has contradicted himself so many times since January that it really is hard to believe that he's been telling the truth at any one point," said Franken, a member of the committee who then posed the question to Sessions during the attorney general's testimony.