Attorney General Jeff Sessions claimed that the “chaos” of President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign caused him forget a meeting between Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos and the Russian government.
Sessions gave his latest excuse for omitting the facts to the House Judiciary Committee:
It was a brilliant campaign, I think, in many ways, but it was a form of chaos every day from day one. We traveled sometimes to several places in one day. Sleep was in short supply, and I was still a full time senator with a very full schedule.
I do now recall that the March 2016 meeting at the Trump hotel that Mr. Papadopoulos attended, but I have no clear recollection of the details of what he said at that meeting.
But I did not recall this event which occurred 18 months before my testimony of a few weeks ago. And I would gladly have reported it had I remembered it, because I pushed back against his suggestion that I thought may have been improper.
In response to questioning from Democrat Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of New York, Sessions insisted that he would have mentioned the Papadopoulos meeting earlier if only he had recalled it:
I had not recalled that meeting when that occurred. But I would have been pleased to have responded and explained it if I recalled it.