Trump nominee for top Agriculture post withdraws amid Russian Federation probe

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Ryan said people care about the investigation, but "the reality is most Ohioans are very busy just trying to make ends meet".

White House staffers who have been called to meet with Mueller have usually kept the President's legal team in the loop.

During a March 2016 meeting of the foreign policy advisory committee that Sessions chaired and Trump attended, Papadopoulos said he could help arrange a meeting between Trump and Putin, according to the court filing. His chief qualification for the job seems to be that he was national co-chairman of Trump's 2016 campaign.

Gordon said Papadopoulos also offered to appear on the Sunday talk show circuit on behalf of Trump but was turned down. Papadopoulos told the Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to court documents, that in a national security meeting attended by Trump and campaign advisers, he "in sum and substance" said that "he had connections that could help arrange a meeting between then-candidate Trump and President Putin". The former Trump adviser is cooperating with Mueller's team.

President Donald Trump is tweeting that the "biggest story" out of the charges announced Monday in the Russian Federation investigation is the resignation of Democratic lobbyist Tony Podesta from his eponymous firm.

On this episode of "Fault Lines", hosts Garland Nixon and Lee Stranahan discuss whether or not Donald Trump should be concerned about the indictments against Trump's former Campaign Chair Paul Manafort and his deputy Rick Gates, as well as a guilty plea by George Papadopoulos, a third Trump Campaign official. Sessions has no clear recollection of Papadopoulos and doesn't recall any further interactions with him, including phone calls or emails, the person said.

Senate Agricultural Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, told Politico that Clovis has been "a fully cooperative witness" in the Senate Intelligence Committee's investigation into Russian meddling.


The attorney general has since said that he interpreted questions from Franken and other senators to be about whether he knew of continuous, improper contacts between Trump surrogates and Russian operatives, and that he didn't.

"It might be worth writing a letter and saying 'What happened?' I wouldn't mind writing a letter, because he was pretty definitive he never had that discussion about Russia", Graham of SC said in an interview.

And now we can add another reason his nomination could be a key battle for Democrats - and a dicey proposition for Republicans.

"Jeff Sessions was the head of the national security operation" in Trump's campaign, Senator Richard Blumenthal of CT, a member of the Judiciary Committee, said in an interview.

Sessions deflected the questions by maintaining that presidents are entitled to have private discussions with Cabinet secretaries, saying at one point, "I do not confirm or deny the existence of any communication between the president that I consider to be confidential". It is rare to see cases for perjury to Congress generally because the exchanges are often imprecise or rather fluid in nature.

The special counsel's office has been calling witnesses for the last several months for both interviews at their Department of Justice offices in addition to testifying before a newly impaneled grand jury.

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