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Sessions facing Congress amid new Russian Federation probe details

Sessions facing Congress amid new Russian Federation probe details

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Tuesday he now recalls a meeting in March 2016 that has come under scrutiny as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into whether President Donald Trump's election campaign colluded with Russian Federation.

Sessions said at his January confirmation hearing that he would recuse himself from any investigations involving Clinton given his role as a vocal campaign surrogate to Trump.

In recent weeks, unsealed court documents have called into question the attorney general's previous testimony about his interactions with Russians, and his knowledge of others' interactions, when he was an official with the Trump campaign.

Sessions said during January's confirmation hearing that he was unaware of communications between the campaign and Russian Federation. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., said in a TV interview that she thought the Democratic primaries were imbalanced in Clinton's favor, the president tweeted: "Pocahontas just stated that the Democrats, lead by the legendary Crooked Hillary Clinton, rigged the Primaries!"

"The president speaks his mind; he is bold and direct in what he says", Sessions told members of the House Judiciary Committee. Is a special prosecutor needed to investigate Clinton's dealings?

The letters referenced - written by Goodlatte - were dated July 27 and September 26, and included requests by him and other committee members that a special counsel be appointed to investigate certain matters, some of which involved Clinton, according to Fox News.

In another Senate hearing last month, Sessions testified he had no improper involvement with Russians and was not aware of anyone else from the campaign who did.

"My answers have not changed", Sessions said.

Sessions recused himself from investigations related to Russian interference in the elections shortly after taking office as attorney general.

"Each of those are pretty special factual situations, and we will use the proper standards, and that's the only thing I can tell you, Mr. Jordan" Sessions said.

During the March 2016 meeting, Sessions shut down Papadopoulos' idea of engaging with Russian contacts, according to a source familiar with the matter. "And a lot of people are disappointed in the Justice Department, including me".

It also comes a day after the Justice Department told the chair of the committee, Rep.

"I cannot imagine my memory failing so much", she said.

Sessions testified that he now remembers the meeting Papadopoulos, but his memory about conversations is limited.

Majority Republicans demanded that Sessions appoint a second special counsel to investigate a series of issues involving Trump's election rival, Democrat Hillary Clinton, including the sale of a uranium company to Russian Federation while she was US secretary of state. Having Trump's own deputies at the DOJ handle it means that any adverse finding about Hillary will be dismissed by the left as Trump running a banana-republic Justice Department that's carrying out his political vendettas. "But, honestly, they should be looking at the Democrats".


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