Trump campaign adviser: Sessions opposed Russia meeting
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A former Trump campaign adviser said that Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsGarland rescinds Trump-era memo curtailing consent decrees Biden picks vocal Trump critics to lead immigration agencies The Hill's Morning Report - Biden assails 'epidemic' of gun violence amid SC, Texas shootings MORE advised campaign officials not to discuss one adviser's proposed meeting with Moscow, according to a new report.

Sessions firmly opposed the idea, "and he said that no one should talk about it," said J.D. Gordon, a former campaign adviser who was at the meeting. Sessions did not want the idea associated with the campaign, he said. 

Sessions made the remark at a meeting between Trump and his campaign's foreign policy team in March 2016, The New York Times reported.


Foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos, who pleaded guilty to lying to federal officials about his Russian contacts, suggested during the meeting that he had "connections that could help arrange a meeting between then-candidate Trump and President Putin,” the court records say.

A Justice Department spokesman declined to comment for the newspaper's report.

Papadopoulos is one of three former Trump aides indicted in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the election. 

The meeting is the first piece of concrete evidence that Trump was told of ties between a campaign associate and Russian officials. Trump has repeatedly denied that his campaign colluded with Russia.

Democrats are now demanding that Sessions return to give more testimony before a Senate committee after failing to disclose his knowledge of a Trump campaign connection to Moscow. 

This report was updated on November 3. 

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly described Mr. Gordon's account of Mr. Sessions' remarks at the meeting.