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Sessions testified a year ago that he "pushed back" when Papadopoulos suggested during a campaign meeting that Trump meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Papadopulos, who worked as a foreign policy advisor for the Trump campaign, was jailed Friday for 14 days for lying to investigators probing allegations of collusion between Russian Federation and Trump campaign officials.

During the campaign, Papadopoulos met with Professor Joseph Mifsud in London, who introduced him to a woman named Olga who had told Papadopoulos she was a niece of Vladimir Putin.

That clashes with what Sessions, a key campaign aide and now Trump's attorney general, told the House Judiciary Committee last November.

The two said they could set up a meeting between the Trump campaign and Russian government officials.

"I'll leave others to make judgments about the veracity of those tweets", Downer said in response to Papadopulos's claims, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.

Papadopoulos' recollection and that of Attorney General Jeff Sessions appear to be at odds with respect to a March 2016 campaign gathering in which Papadopoulos initially suggested the Trump-Putin meeting.

Lawyers for the DNC made the claim about academic Joseph Mifsud in court documents filed Friday, reported Bloomberg, in which they said they had been unable to serve him with a complaint as part of their lawsuit against Russian Federation, the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks for allegedly interfering in the 2016 presidential election. He was open to the idea and he deferred of course to then senior Sen.

Papadopoulos was the first Trump campaign adviser arrested as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling and possible collusion in the 2016 campaign.

"I thought it would be a nice photo op", Papadopoulos said on ABC's "The View" Tuesday of the prospect of a Trump-Putin meeting. "Sessions", Papadopoulos said on ABC's "This Week".

Even after his arrest and plea agreement a year ago, Goldstein said, Papadopoulos continued to be hard, only providing information after being confronted with documents such as emails and text messages. Papadopoulos said. "I wasn't in some sort of headquarters".

Papadopoulos also lamented his decision to not immediately approach USA intelligence officials with information on his meeting with Misfud, calling it "the biggest regret I actually have". That led to contacts between Papadopoulos and the Russian foreign ministry.

"As far as I remember, I absolutely did not share this information with anyone on the campaign", the ex-Trump campaign aide told CNN's Tapper.

Papadopoulos told Hannity it felt like a bomb was dropped on him.

He said it was odd to him that Downer would want to talk, since Papadopoulos had no expertise in U.S. -Australia relations.

Papadopoulos admitted that he lied to FBI investigators when they interviewed him on January 27, 2017. "I still have significant questions about how high that information went, and I know the Senate Intelligence Committee would like to hear directly from Mr. Papadopoulos".