Franken has 'a lot of questions' for Sessions on Russia contacts
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Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenNelson campaign to donate K from Al Franken group to charity Sexual assault is not a game — stop using women to score political points Election Countdown: Trump confident about midterms in Hill.TV interview | Kavanaugh controversy tests candidates | Sanders, Warren ponder if both can run | Super PACs spending big | Two states open general election voting Friday | Latest Senate polls MORE (D-Minn.) said Thursday that he has "a lot of questions" for Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsRosenstein faces Trump showdown Solicitor general could take over Mueller probe if Rosenstein exits 13 states accepted Sessions invitation to meeting on social media bias: report 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 LeahyAmnesty International calls to halt Kavanaugh nomination Kamala Harris calls for Senate to protect Mueller probe as Rosenstein faces potential dismissal Dem senator praises Ford opening the door to testifying 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 Republican threatens to push for Rosenstein impeachment unless he testifies Judge suggests Trump’s tweet about Stormy Daniels was ‘hyperbole’ not defamation Rosenstein faces Trump showdown MORE and his Russian contacts, and possibly with Russian President Vladimir Putin himself. 

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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.