US Lawmakers Push Attorney General On Russia-Related Contacts During Campaign

Under fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions will be pressed Tuesday in a House Judiciary Committee hearing over what he knew about contacts between the Trump election campaign last year and Russia

Sessions said although his Justice Department will consider investigations into Hillary Clinton, he could not say whether he would recuse himself from the matter, contradicting his previous statements on the matter.

Sessions grew angry in response, repeating that he had never lied under oath. Since then former Trump campaign aides Paul J. Manafort Jr. and Richard W. Gates III have been indicted by Mueller's fishing expedition for wrongdoings like tax evasion that are unrelated to the campaign.

US intelligence agencies have concluded that Moscow meddled in the 2016 election to help Republican Trump's campaign.

According to Sessions's prepared remarks, made available by the U.S.

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.

Gershman said Sessions' statement that he did not recall Papadopoulos' remarks at the meeting would raise skepticism since Sessions led the meeting, Trump attended it and important national security matters were discussed. "I have always told the truth, and I have answered every question as I understood them and to the best of my recollection, as I will continue to do today". At his confirmation hearing to be attorney general, Sessions claimed he "did not have communications with the Russians" during the campaign.

The department's letter also referenced allegations that the FBI did not properly handle the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server. Months later, the Washington Post revealed that Sessions had met with the Russian ambassador to the United States multiple times during the 2016 campaign.




"I have not been improperly influenced and would not be improperly influenced", Mr. Sessions said. But he said he had no memory of that conversation.

Republicans have argued that Clinton was improperly involved in the approval, although they have not offered evidence.

Sessions was cautious on that score.

When asked if he had contact with Russia in October, Sessions told the Senate Judiciary Committee he did not have any contact with Russian officials and didn't know of anyone else who did.

Democrats say that five congressional committees have looked into the uranium sale and found nothing improper.

In response, Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd wrote that Sessions had "directed senior federal prosecutors to evaluate certain issues raised in your letters", and those prosecutors would "report directly to the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, as appropriate, and will make recommendations as to whether any matters not now under investigation should be opened, whether any matters now under investigation require further resources, or whether any matters merit the appointment of a Special Counsel".

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