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

Sessions Gets Heated in Exchange With Oregon Senator

Sessions Gets Heated in Exchange With Oregon Senator

Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017 in Washington.

Page told the panel he had informed some members of the Trump campaign about the trip, including Sessions.

Sessions said he was aware of Trump's repeated suggestions that the Justice Department should investigate Clinton, but that his actions did not follow from the president's words.

Mr. Trump is frustrated with the continuing investigations into Russia's election meddling and possible ties to his campaign.

"My answer stands for itself, I guess", Sessions said.

The New York Times reported that the letter "appeared to be a direct response to Mr. Trump's statement on November 3, when he said he was disappointed with his beleaguered attorney general, Jeff Sessions, and that longstanding unproven allegations about the Clintons and the Obama administration should be investigated". "We do our duty everyday based on the facts".

But Sessions insisted he did not make any false statements in his previous congressional testimony or public statements.

Sessions previously said he had "no recollection" of the meeting that he chaired that included Papadopoulos until a picture of it surfaced after the staffer's guilty plea for false statements.

As the time Conyers was allotted to question Sessions drew to a close, he noted that at his confirmation hearing, Sessions promised to recuse himself from any investigations involving Hillary Clinton. Papadopoulos, in pleading guilty to lying to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents, has admitted he told Trump and a group of other campaign officials, including Sessions, that he had contacts who could help arrange a meeting between Trump and Putin.

Last month, he faced the Senate judiciary committee for further questions about his changing story, with Democrats dismayed that Sessions continued to cite executive privilege in refusing to discuss any conversations with President Donald Trump.

"But I will not accept and reject accusations that I have ever lied under oath".

"'Looks like, ' not enough basis to appoint a special counsel", he told the House Judiciary Committee.

"These senior prosecutors will report directly to the attorney general and the 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 a special counsel", Boyd wrote. Mr. Mueller was the F.B.I. director at the time. On Monday, Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd responded to a request by House Judiciary Republicans for a new special counsel in a letter that said senior Justice Department prosecutors would evaluate the matter.

"The Department of Justice can never be used to retaliate politically against opponents".

Gordon has also said that Papadopoulos went around him and Sessions and that they did not know he had continued to try to arrange such a meeting.

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