Attorney General Jeff Sessions On Capitol Hill

Posted November 15, 2017

Sessions' testimony about the independence of the DOJ stands in contrast with a letter the department sent to the House Judiciary Committee on Monday.

Mr Sessions said he does not remember speaking to Carter Page during the 2016 presidential campaign about a trip that the former foreign policy campaign adviser took to Russian Federation.

In addition to the meeting with Papadopoulos, former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page testified before the House Intelligence Committee recently that he told Sessions of his plans to travel to Moscow.

In his opening statement, U.S. Rep. John Conyers Jr., D-Mich., went through Sessions's public statements on Russia-related matters, highlighting instances in which what Sessions said did not comport with other evidence.

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Mr Sessions said on Tuesday that he doesn't challenge Mr Page's recollection, but doesn't remember the conversation. "He's bold and direct about what he says, people elected him, but we do our duty every day based on law and facts".

Rep. Karen Bass, a Los Angeles Democrat, pressed Sessions on the report during an oversight hearing of the House Judiciary Committee, explaining that activists are concerned they'll be unfairly labeled for protesting. His letter, signed by 19 other Republicans, said that Judiciary Committee members were concerned that Mueller might not have a broad enough mandate to investigate other election-related matters, which he said included actions taken by Comey, Clinton and Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

"Are you recused from investigations that involved Secretary Clinton?"

"These senior prosecutors will report directly to the attorney general and the deputy attorney general, as appropriate, and will make recommendations as to whether any matters not now under investigation should be opened, whether any matters now under investigation require further resources, or whether any matters merit a special counsel", Boyd wrote.

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"We intend to do our work according to the established principles of the Department of Justice".

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

Some Democrats have suggested that Sessions's multiple false statements to Congress this year were conscious lies.

"Everything I said to President Trump is exactly what I've vocalized on my show", Pirro said via a Fox News spokesperson. When The Washington Post later revealed he had twice spoken with Russia's ambassador to the United States, he revised his account, saying he had no meetings with Russians "to discuss issues of the campaign".

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Jordan grilled Sessions on various claims that the Obama-era Federal Bureau of Investigation colluded with Democrats to elevate the dossier put together by ex-British spy Christopher Steele that made various Russian-related allegations about President Trump.