“It was a bad idea and the senator didn’t want people to speak about it again,” Gordon said.
The meeting is a growing complication for Sessions, who is now under pressure from Senate Democrats to explain why he did not disclose details about it previously, considering he was asked multiple times under oath on Capitol Hill whether he or anyone on the campaign ever discussed meeting with Russians.
In February, a few weeks after being sworn in as president, Trump was asked at a news conference whether anybody who advised his campaign had any contacts with Russia. The president responded, “No. Nobody that I know of.”
Trump and his aides have sought to diminish Papadopoulos’s standing on the campaign. Trump cited him as a foreign policy adviser in March, during a meeting with The Post’s editorial board. But he, as well as White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, have said this week that Papadopoulos played an insignificant role on the campaign.
Trump tweeted Tuesday, “Few people knew the young, low level volunteer named George.”