Maxine Waters to Sessions: 'Time to go back to the plantation'

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) blasted Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump's policies on refugees are as simple as ABCs Ocasio-Cortez, Velázquez call for convention to decide Puerto Rico status White House officials voted by show of hands on 2018 family separations: report MORE on Friday, telling him to "go back to the plantation" after he said did not recall hearing if members of the Trump campaign were in contact with Russia. 

"Sessions doesn't remember what he said, when he said it, & where he was when he said it. Don't blame him. Time to go back to the plantation," Waters tweeted.  

Her comments come after The New York Times reported that unsealed court documents revealed that Trump and Sessions were aware of correspondence between members of the campaign and Russian actors, despite saying earlier this year they were unaware of such communications. 

The documents show that former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos floated the idea of meeting with the Russian ambassador in London, during a meeting in which Trump and Sessions were present. 

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Sessions told the Judiciary Committee earlier this year that he was unaware of any contact between the Trump campaign and Russians. 

Democratic lawmakers have since called for Sessions to return to testify before the Judiciary Committee. 

"He now needs to come back before the Committee, in person, under oath, to explain why he cannot seem to provide truthful, complete answers to these important and relevant questions," Sen. Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahyBattle over timing complicates Democratic shutdown strategy Hillicon Valley: Russia 'amplifying' concerns around mail-in voting to undermine election | Facebook and Twitter take steps to limit Trump remarks on voting | Facebook to block political ads ahead of election Top Democrats press Trump to sanction Russian individuals over 2020 election interference efforts MORE (D-Vt.) said in a statement. 

Special counsel Robert Mueller revealed earlier this week that Papadopoulos had pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russian actors during the campaign. 

Mueller also brought conspiracy and money laundering charges against Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his associate Richard Gates.