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Sessions Throws Cold Water On GOP Fever To Appoint New Special Counsel

15 November 2017

Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee pressed Mr. Sessions to explain whether he was pressured to restart investigations targeting President Trump's former democratic rival.

In October, Sessions testified to the Senate that he did not have any "continuing exchange of information" with Russian operatives - and that he wasn't "aware of anyone else [on the Trump campaign] that did".

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday denied that he misled legislators when he previously failed to disclose a meeting he attended with then-candidate Donald Trump and aides where campaign connections to Russian Federation were discussed.

Sessions has previously faced repeated questions from senators about his role in the campaign and the investigation into Russian meddling in the U.S. election.

Sessions also said he had no challenge to Page's recollection of those events.

Mr. Sessions declined to say whether he was recused. "But it was a form of chaos every day from day one".

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"In all of my testimony, I can only do my best to answer all of your questions as I understand them and to the best of my memory", Sessions told the House Judiciary Committee.

The private charitable foundation of former President Bill Clinton had ties to some of the companies involved in the deal, and Republicans have called for an investigation.

Now, Sessions said he recalled a March 2016 meeting with Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos. "After reading his account, and to the best of my recollection, I believe that I wanted to make clear to him that he was not authorized to represent the campaign with the Russian government, or any other foreign government, for that matter".

On Monday, the head of the Justice Department's legislative affairs office responded to those requests by confirming that "senior federal prosecutors" were "evaluat [ing] certain issues raised in your letters". His letter, signed by 19 other Republicans, said that Judiciary Committee members were concerned that Mueller might not have a broad enough mandate to investigate other election-related matters, which he said included actions taken by Comey, Clinton and Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

Some Democrats have suggested that Sessions's multiple false statements to Congress this year were conscious lies. After his confirmation hearing, it came to light that Sessions had met with Russian officials during the campaign, prompting his recusal from the investigation and leading to the special counsel's appointment.

"I will not accept and reject accusations that I have ever lied under oath". He said recently that officials there "should be looking at the Democrats" and that it was "very discouraging" they were not "going after Hillary Clinton".

Sessions Throws Cold Water On GOP Fever To Appoint New Special Counsel