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Papadopoulos: Sessions was 'enthusiastic' about possible Trump-Putin meeting

Papadopoulos: Sessions was 'enthusiastic' about possible Trump-Putin meeting
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Former Trump campaign adviser George PapadopoulosGeorge Demetrios PapadopoulosFlynn spurs questions of who Trump might pardon next Not treason, not a crime — but definitely a gross abuse of power Tale of two FBI cases: Clinton got warned, Trump got investigated MORE said Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTime to bring federal employees home for every holiday Alabama zeroes in on Richard Shelby's future Tuberville incorrectly says Gore was president-elect in 2000 MORE was "enthusiastic" about the possibility of arranging a meeting between President TrumpDonald John TrumpAppeals court OKs White House diverting military funding to border wall construction Pentagon: Tentative meeting between spy agencies, Biden transition set for early next week Conservative policy director calls Section 230 repeal an 'existential threat' for tech MORE and Russian President Vladimir Putin during the 2016 election.

In an interview with CNN set to air later Friday, Papadopoulos tells host Jake Tapper that Sessions reacted positively to his suggestion of a meeting between Trump and the Russian leader when he first broached the subject.

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Sessions "was actually enthusiastic about a meeting between the candidate and President Putin," Papadopoulos says in the interview, adding that Trump "gave me a sort of a nod" but "wasn't committed either way" to the idea.

The statement conflicts directly with statements made by Sessions and the Trump administration, who have maintained that Sessions "pushed back" against Papadopoulos's suggestion of a meeting. Sessions testified in November 2017 that he had rejected the former campaign adviser's proposal.

 "To the best of my recollection, I believe that I wanted to make clear to [Papadopoulos] that he was not authorized to represent the campaign with the Russian government, or any other foreign government, for that matter. But I did not recall this event, which occurred 18 months before my testimony of a few weeks ago, and would gladly have reported it,” Sessions said.

Papadopoulos was sentenced Friday to two weeks in prison and one year supervised release for lying to investigators about his contacts with Russia-linked individuals during the 2016 election.

In the same interview, Papadopoulos says he "can't guarantee" he did not discuss the potential of compromising information on Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillary and Chelsea Clinton to host series based on their book 'Gutsy Women' Democrats see spike in turnout among Asian American, Pacific Islander voters Biden officially announces ex-Obama official Brian Deese as top economic adviser MORE being held by the Russian government with the Trump campaign during the election.

"I might have, but I have no recollection of doing so," he says in the interview. "I can't guarantee. All I can say is, my memory is telling me that I never shared it with anyone on the campaign."

"As far as I remember, I absolutely did not share this information with anyone on the campaign," he added.