Updated:
Original:

Next in Al Franken's sights: Jeff Sessions ... again

The Minnesota Senator has reignited his feud with the Attorney General.
Author:

The recent relationship between Al Franken and Jeff Sessions can be best described as fractious, and the Minnesota senator reignited the feud on Thursday.

Fresh off of laying the smackdown on Facebook, Franken has put the AG on the spot with an 8-page letter asking for answers on the latest revelations regarding his and the Trump administration's alleged ties with Russia.

Sessions, who has recused himself from the Russia investigation, first clashed with Franken at his confirmation hearing, during which he told the senator he had no contact with Russians during the 2016 election campaign.

He later admitted to having several conversations with the Russian ambassador, leading Franken to accuse him during their most recent clash – at an Oct. 18 Senate Judiciary Committee hearing – of "moving the goalposts."

During that same Oct. 18 hearing, the AG also said he was not aware of any communications between Trump campaign surrogates and Russians.

But documents relating to the indictment of former Trump foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos appear to contradict Sessions on this as well.

The documents, released on Monday, state that Papadopoulos was present at a meeting with Sessions and President Donald Trump, in which Papadopoulos discussed arranging a meeting between Trump and Russian premier Vladimir Putin.

This has prompted the letter from Franken to Sessions asking for clarification, saying that "once again" developments have "brought to light evidence that you failed to tell the truth" about his interactions with Russian operatives.

"This is an alarming pattern in which you, the nation’s top law enforcement officer, apparently failed to tell the truth, under oath, about the Trump team’s contacts with agents of Russia — a hostile foreign power that interfered with the 2016 election," Franken writes.

"I am deeply troubled that this newest revelation strongly suggests that the Senate – and the American public – cannot trust your word," he adds.

The letter mainly comprises questions that Franken wants answers to within the next two weeks, mainly looking for Sessions' own account of events to those described in the Papadopoulos indictment documents.

Here's the letter:

Next Up

Screen Shot 2021-10-15 at 10.01.55 PM

Police still searching for suspect who opened fire at Plymouth movie theater

It sparked a partial evacuation of the Emagine Willow Creek theater.

covid, vaccine

Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Monday, October 18

Hospitalizations have surpassed 1,000 in the latest update.

Gully Boys van stolen Twitter pic 1

Mpls. band Gully Boys' van stolen, with all their gear inside

They're asking Twin Cities residents to be on the lookout for the silver van.

ATV, all-terrain vehicle

2 girls from St. Cloud injured in ATV crash

Neither girl was wearing a helmet, the sheriff's office said.

Kirk Cousins

Kirk Cousins has turned into a late-game killer for the Vikings

Cousins has given the Vikings a chance to tie or win the game 7 times in 6 games.

john oliver

Watch: The absurd ad 'Last Week Tonight' wrote for a MN car dealership

Host John Oliver described the commercial as a "tense domestic psychodrama."

Car driving

Minnesota is on track for the most road deaths since 2007

Minnesota has recorded 384 traffic deaths as of Oct. 14.

helicopter-186718_1280

1 dead, 1 airlifted following Goodhue County crash

The crash happened around 6:15 a.m. Sunday.

railroad crossing, train crossing

Woman found dead on train tracks in Moorhead

The woman was located by officials on train tracks near Memorial Park Sunday morning.

police tape, crime scene

Search for killer after man is fatally shot in Hopkins

The shooting was reported around 7:40 p.m. Sunday.

Related

Watch Al Franken and Jeff Sessions spar over meetings with Russians

The senator says Sessions is moving the goalposts on the issue.

Al Franken wants Trump to back up promise on mental health

The former Minnesota senator has been drawn into the Florida shooting debate.

Al Franken has low expectations for Jeff Sessions' testimony

Sessions will publicly testify about the Russia investigation Tuesday. Franken is hoping for answers.

What people, including the president, have been saying about Al Franken

The senator is in hot water after accusations of sexual misconduct by radio host Leeann Tweeden.

Amid condemnation from Senate colleagues, support still remains for Al Franken

There are plenty of people unhappy with the senator's possible resignation.

Al Franken says he won't be running for president in 2020

The Minnesota senator has been touted recently as a possible Democratic candidate for the presidency in 2020.

Is Al Franken done with Minnesota politics? Maybe not.

The former Minnesota senator hasn't ruled it out.

Al Franken announces his resignation as Minnesota senator

It follows allegations of inappropriate conduct from multiple women.