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Sessions denies being influenced by Trump to investigate Hillary Clinton

Sessions denies being influenced by Trump to investigate Hillary Clinton”

"He's bold and direct about what he says".

"We travelled all the time, sometimes to several places in one day".

DOJ, he added later "will not be infected by politics or bias". He pretended to be unable to understand what Conyers asked him, and then said, "The Department of Justice can never be used to retaliate politically against opponents, and that would be wrong". Sessions is at the hearing to answer questions about his leadership of the Department of Justice and his interactions with Russians while a top adviser in the Trump campaign. The then-Alabama senator was the first United States senator to back Trump.

"To announce recusal in any investigation would reveal the existence of that investigation, and the top ethics officials have advised me I should not do so", he said.

Later, Sessions said more firmly, "At the meeting, I pushed back".

The attorney general previously recused himself from matters related to the 2016 presidential campaign.

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". As well, another aide, Carter Page, told Congress in private statements that he had alerted Sessions about a meeting he planned in Russian Federation during the campaign.

"I believe that I wanted to make clear that he wasn't authorized to represent the campaign with the Russian government, or any other foreign government, for that matter", he testified.

You can see the Jordan-Sessions exchange - lightly edited for clarity and length - below. "I have always tried to answer the questions fairly and accurately". "That is a lie". Goodlatte said in his opening remarks that he felt Sessions had generally done a good job in his first nine months as attorney general, though he noted his tenure had "not been without difficulty".

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The following describes the crime of perjury and whether it would apply to Sessions' conduct.

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

And that's the only thing I can tell you, Mr. Jordan.

Democrats say that five congressional committees have looked into the uranium sale and found nothing improper.

Sessions has previously faced repeated questions from senators about his role in the campaign and the investigation into Russian meddling in the USA election. 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. Trump has repeatedly voiced frustration about the Mueller probe and publicly criticized Sessions, stoking speculation he might be fired.

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. Some of the information in the dossier is said to have come directly from the Kremlin.

When asked if he had contact with Russia in October, Sessions told the Senate Judiciary Committee he did not have any contact with Russian officials and didn't know of anyone else who did. "Is it proper, is that what you're asking?"

Sessions faced tough questioning from committee Democrats on Tuesday.

Conyers - alluding to the racial slur Trump used against Sen.



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