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

Under fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions will be pressed Tuesday in a House Judiciary Committee hearing over what he knew about contacts between the Trump election campaign last year and Russia

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He said he mentioned in passing to Sessions that he was visiting Russian Federation and the then-senator had no reaction.

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.

"Nobody! Nobody - not you or anyone else, should be prosecuted, not me.for answering a question the way I did in this hearing". They see her alleged role as a scandal, particularly amid charges the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation in the 2016 presidential election.

Papadopolous pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his contacts with Russians.

"We intend to get to the bottom of these leaks", Sessions said while testifying before the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday. "But I did not recall this event, which occurred 18 months before my testimony of a few weeks ago, and would gladly have reported it had I remembered it, because I pushed back against his suggestion".

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

Sessions, who faced tough questioning from committee Democrats on Tuesday, vigorously denied lying to congress about contacts with Russian Federation.

The comment by Sessions to a House of Representatives panel did not reveal any new link between the Trump team and Russian Federation but it was another example of the top USA law enforcement official offering a different version of events as lawmakers try to work out if the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation in the 2016 election.

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"You can be sure that they will be done without political influence and they will be done correctly and properly", Sessions said.

"I hope the attorney general can provide some clarification on this problem in his remarks today", Conyers said.

Elsewhere in his testimony, Sessions disappointed congressional Republicans by saying that the Justice Department would need a "factual basis" to appoint a second special counsel tasked with investigating Hillary Clinton's role in the Uranium One deal, and that no such basis now exists.

A photograph posted on Trump's Instagram account shows that Papadopoulos, Sessions and Trump were all seated at the same table in that meeting.

"You clearly understand that the department you lead must have the confidence of the American people, even when your decisions are not always well received", Goodlatte said.

After the hearing, news reports emerged showing that Sessions had himself met with Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak at least twice in 2016. "That is a lie", Sessions told the panel. The New York Times reports some White House officials see appointing a second special counsel investigating the 2010 Uranium One deal as the only way Sessions can save his job as attorney general. Page has said that the interaction was brief and forgettable and that his trip was unconnected to his campaign work.

Last month, he faced the Senate judiciary committee for further questions about his changing story, with Democrats dismayed that Sessions continued to cite executive privilege in refusing to discuss any conversations with President Donald Trump. However, the Justice Department does not typically confirm or deny specific investigations, and Boyd stressed that the letter "should not be construed to do so".

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