Dem Reads Trump Tweets During Sessions Hearing

15 November, 2017, 01:54 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • 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

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions says he now recalls a meeting with then-candidate Donald Trump and aides where campaign connections to Russian Federation were discussed, despite earlier testifying that he was unaware of any such contacts.

"My answer stands for itself, I guess", Sessions said.

"But I will not accept and reject accusations that I have ever lied under oath. That is a lie".

The Kremlin denies that and Trump says there was no collusion between his campaign and Russian officials.

Conyers then asked Sessions, "In a functioning democracy, is it common for the leader of the country to order the criminal justice system to retaliate against his political opponents?"

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions is sworn-in prior to testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill June 13, 2017 in Washington, DC.

"I do now recall the March 2016 meeting at Trump Hotel that Mr. Papadopoulos attended, but I have no clear recollection of the details of what he said at that meeting", Sessions said.

"These facts appear to contradict your sworn testimony on several occasions", Democrats from the committee said in a letter to Sessions last week.

Some Republicans have charged that the State Department under then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton approved the deal after her husband's charitable foundation received a $145 million donation.

Tuesday's hearing will likely include more of the same, although it remains to be seen what other topics will come up, and how Sessions will address them.

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He said during January's confirmation hearing that he was unaware of such communications.

Some Republicans have also called for investigations into the Uranium One deal, including Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Representative Bob Goodlatte of Virginia - both chairmen of congressional committees that oversee the Justice Department.

"I did not and I'm not aware of anyone else that did, and I don't believe it happened", Sessions said under questioning, again from Franken.

Since that hearing, Mueller unsealed a guilty plea from a campaign foreign policy staffer, Papadopoulos, for false statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He was part of the foreign policy council that Sessions chaired, and the two are among the men in a March 2016 photograph that Trump posted on social media. 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.

Sessions said that was the version of events he recalled. "Each of those are pretty special, factual situations", Sessions said, "and we will use the proper standards". Sessions asked with a slight smirk. The Justice Department made the announcement Monday in responding to concerns from Republican lawmakers. Democrats on the committee have already signalled that they intend to press Sessions on his knowledge of contacts between Russians and aides to the Trump campaign.

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