Dem Reads Trump Tweets During Sessions Hearing

15 November, 2017, 01:52 | Author: Katrina Soto
  • 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' relationship with the president has been significantly strained since he recused himself from the investigation into possible coordination between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin to influence the 2016 election.

It was not the first time that Sessions, who was a senior Trump campaign aide and Republican senator, has revised his comments about contact between the campaign and Russian Federation.

Sessions responded to these revelations by insisting that he'd met with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in his capacity as USA senator (not as a Trump surrogate), and that they did not discuss the 2016 election.

"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", Sessions said on Tuesday.

According to a source familiar with the matter, Sessions shut down Papadopoulos' idea of engaging with Russian Federation, and the Trump administration has played down Papadopoulos' role in the campaign, saying he was nothing more than a low level volunteer. "But we do our duty every day based on the laws and fact".

But Sessions said the DOJ requires a high standard of evidence to appoint a special counsel, which means he may not grant that request.

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Under pressure, Sessions recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation.

Jeff Sessions's memory works in mysterious ways.

"But I will not accept and reject accusations that I have ever lied under oath. I have always tried to answer the questions fairly and accurately".

Meanwhile, the Senate Judiciary Committee is planning a Tuesday interview with a Russian-American lobbyist who attended a campaign meeting a year ago with Trump's son, according to a person familiar with the interview.

Sessions repeatedly declined to answer questions related to the infamous dossier about Donald Trump prepared by retired British agent Christopher Steele, saying he would have to refer questions to the investigation by Mueller. But, as NPR's Carrie Johnson notes, the Republican-led committee will also likely touch on the Department of Justice's evaluation of whether to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the Clinton Foundation.

Conyers noted the DOJ's letter and asked, "Are you recused from investigations that involve Secretary Clinton?" In particular, they will "make recommendations as to whether any matters not now under investigation should be opened", or whether a special counsel will be needed, states the letter, which was delivered ahead of a committee oversight hearing at which Sessions will appear on Tuesday. Mr. Mueller was the F.B.I. director at the time. "It sure looks like the FBI was paying the author of that document and it sure looks like a major political party was working with the federal government" to damage Trump, Jordan said. However, the Justice Department does not typically confirm or deny specific investigations, and Boyd stressed that the letter "should not be construed to do so".

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