Franken has 'a lot of questions' for Sessions on Russia contacts
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Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenShould the Rob Porter outcome set the standard? Grassley, Dems step up battle over judicial nominees Sen. Gillibrand, eyeing 2020 bid, rankles some Democrats MORE (D-Minn.) said Thursday that he has "a lot of questions" for Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsUnder pressure, Trump shifts blame for Russia intrusion Overnight Tech: Judge blocks AT&T request for DOJ communications | Facebook VP apologizes for tweets about Mueller probe | Tech wants Treasury to fight EU tax proposal Overnight Regulation: Trump to take steps to ban bump stocks | Trump eases rules on insurance sold outside of ObamaCare | FCC to officially rescind net neutrality Thursday | Obama EPA chief: Reg rollback won't stand 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 LeahyGrassley, Dems step up battle over judicial nominees Popular bill to fight drug prices left out of budget deal Judiciary Dems want public hearings with Kushner, Trump Jr. 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 TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truth Woman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Shulkin says he has White House approval to root out 'subversion' at VA 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.