Democrats to question Sessions on Russian Federation meetings

Democrats to question Sessions on Russian Federation meetings

Sessions came under fire last month after a former campaign advisor to U.S. President Donald Trump, George Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to misleading investigators about his involvement with Russian Federation. "We are providing you notice in advance because we expect you to respond".

Sessions said at the hearing on Tuesday that he forgot about the March 2016 meeting because the Trump campaign was "a form of chaos" from the beginning.

A day earlier, the Washington Post reported Sessions ordered top prosecutors in the department to look into these areas and report back to him, possibly to make the case for a special prosecutor.

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

Gershman said that Sessions' failure to disclose the Papadopoulos meeting could amount to perjury.

The letter says the prosecutors will recommend whether an investigation is merited, whether any matters now under investigation require more resources and whether it is necessary to appoint a special counsel.

"You said one time that good people don't smoke marijuana", Cohen said, referring to statements Sessions made as a Senator previous year.

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




He struck a similar note before the Senate Judiciary Committee last month, when he denied knowledge of communications between Russians and Trump campaign officials.

Sessions also said he had no challenge to Page's recollection of those events.

A Justice Department lawyer informed the House Judiciary Committee on Monday that senior prosecutors were looking into whether a special counsel should be appointed to investigate the Clinton Foundation, Clinton's use of a private email server while secretary of State, former FBI Director James B. Comey's decision not to prosecute Clinton, and a 2010 decision by the Obama administration regarding sales of uranium to a Russian company.

Sessions vowed Tuesday to decide quickly on whether to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Hillary Clinton's alleged mishandling of classified materials.

Several Republican lawmakers also pressed Sessions on the issue of a controversial uranium deal about seven years ago, which involved the sale of US uranium mining rights to a Russian state-owned company.

The hearing comes after a year where Sessions has been under repeated pressure from the President to launch investigations into Clinton - including on the Uranium One deal approved while she was secretary of state - and has been under fire from congressional Democrats about his answers on Russian Federation and push end the DACA program for undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children, among other issues.

He similarly recused himself from a separate investigation into potential coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, and in May, the Justice Department appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to lead that probe.

Sessions said DOJ would investigate any potential issues related to Clinton.

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