Jeff Sessions: Not politically 'influenced' to review Clinton, Obama Russian uranium deal

Frederick Owens
November 15, 2017

Congressional lawmakers pressed the United States' top law enforcement official on his recollection of interactions between President Donald Trump's election campaign and Russian officials.

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

Representative Hakeem Jeffries accused Sessions of hypocrisy, saying Sessions, while he was a US attorney, had prosecuted a police officer for perjury after the officer corrected his testimony.

Democratic lawmakers already contend the attorney general has not been forthcoming with them and have signaled that questions about the new revelations are likely to dominate what could otherwise have been a routine oversight hearing.

At a House Judiciary hearing Tuesday, Sessions stressed the "factual basis" that must be met to warrant a special counsel, as Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) grilled him on what Jordan said "looks like" the Federal Bureau of Investigation working with Democrats to push the Trump-Russia dossier.

And at his latest appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sessions seemed to shift his position again. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), drew attention to the ridiculous number of times Sessions said that he couldn't remember crucial details in previous testimonies.

Prosecutors will be assigned to the matters as requested, according to the letter, and will report to Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Sessions' testimony appears likely to keep the controversy over Russian Federation boiling as Special Counsel Robert Mueller accelerates his investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

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The Justice Department on November 14 informed the House committee that it was looking into whether a special independent counsel should be appointed. Mr. Mueller was the F.B.I. director at the time.

According to court documents, Papadopoulos told the meeting he could help use his Russian connections to broker a meeting between then-candidate Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. "I have chose to recuse myself from any existing or future investigations of any matters related in any way to the campaigns for President of the United States", he said.

"I have a copy of the transcript of your testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee in June", Jeffries continued.

The dossier has been a focus of Republicans in Congress, who have been frustrated by the leak of the unverified allegations within it and have sought to link the research to Democrats.

The letter follows comments made by President Donald Trump on November 3 when he expressed disappointment in the Justice Department.

Sessions has asked Justice Department prosecutors to decide if a special counsel should be appointed to investigate certain Republican concerns, including alleged wrongdoing by the Clinton Foundation and the sale of a uranium company to Russian Federation, according to media reports on Monday.

"Virtually every Clinton-related matter that President Trump complains about has been well-litigated, carefully examined and completely debunked", Conyers said.

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