Congressman Cohen Derails Sessions Russia Hearing To Ask About Weed

"Before the Senate Judiciary Committee in October you stated under oath "I don't recall" in some form of fashion 29 times", Jeffries asked.

Sessions pushed back at the perception that he is doing anything because the president demanded he do it, and said his department would not and will not be used to settle political scores. He said recently that officials there "should be looking at the Democrats" and that it was "very discouraging" they were not "going after Hillary Clinton".

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.

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

Sessions said he now recalled that exchange with Papadopoulos.

Rep. John Conyers Jr., Michigan Democrat, displayed copies of a series of recent tweets from Mr. Trump in which the president called for an investigation into Russia's 2010 purchase of uranium rights and donations to the Clinton Foundation while Mrs. Clinton led the State Department.

Sessions said although his Justice Department will consider investigations into Hillary Clinton, he could not say whether he would recuse himself from the matter, contradicting his previous statements on the matter. He has "no clear recollection" of the March 2016 meeting where George Papadopoulos offered to set up a meeting between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin - but the attorney general does remember shooting down the campaign aide's unseemly suggestion.

In his confirmation hearing in January, Sessions had pledged to senators he would recuse himself from matters involving Clinton, given his involvement with the Trump campaign.

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions told lawmakers that the Department of Justice is investigating 27 leaks of classified information.

According to a source familiar with the matter, Sessions shut down Papadopoulos' idea of engaging with Russian Federation, and the Trump administration has played down Papadopoulos' role in the campaign, saying he was nothing more than a low level volunteer. [John] Danforth took over that investigation as special counsel - and Mr. Mueller.

After the meeting, Sessions said, he did not have "any further knowledge" of additional contacts between the campaign and Russian officials.

In terms of the CFIUS approval, Clinton has said she had nothing to do with it. He then faced the Senate intelligence committee about the inconsistencies over the summer.

Trump has repeatedly criticized his Justice Department for not aggressively probing a variety of conservative concerns.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is leaving open the possibility that a special counsel could be appointed to look into Clinton Foundation dealings and an Obama-era uranium deal, the Justice Department said Monday, Nov. 13.

"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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