Sessions raises prospect of special counsel on GOP concerns

Posted November 15, 2017

Meanwhile, the Senate Judiciary Committee is planning a Tuesday interview with a Russian-American lobbyist who attended a campaign meeting a year ago with Trump's son, according to a person familiar with the interview.

The question stemmed from news Monday night that Sessions had asked senior aides to determine if the department should probe an Obama administration decision that allowed Russian Federation to acquire a financial interest in USA uranium supplies.

Mr Page told the House intelligence committee earlier this month that he had informed some members of the Trump campaign about the trip, including Mr Sessions.

Sessions said he was aware of Trump's repeated suggestions that the Justice Department should investigate Clinton, but that his actions did not follow from the president's words.

Sessions has previously faced repeated questions from senators about his role in the campaign and the investigation into Russian meddling in the United States election.

Mr Sessions said on Tuesday that he doesn't challenge Mr Page's recollection, but doesn't remember the conversation.

During that hearing, Democratic Senator Al Franken asked Sessions whether "surrogates from the Trump campaign had communications with the Russians". "He's bold and direct about what he says, people elected him, but we do our duty every day based on law and facts".

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She continued: "He finally allowed me to open the vehicle door and I either fell out or he pushed me out". Allred and Nelson also showed up to the press conference with a yearbook she says was signed by Moore.

Conyers, alluding to the fact that Sessions did not directly answer the question, responded by saying, "I interpret that as no".

Attorney General Jeff Sessions threw some cold water on the idea of appointing a special counsel to investigate various matters related to Hillary Clinton and Democrats, as some Republicans have called for. "After reading his account, and to the best of my recollection, I believe that I wanted to make clear to him that he was not authorized to represent the campaign with the Russian government, or any other foreign government, for that matter".

"My answers have not changed", Sessions said.

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

Sessions grew angry in response, repeating that he had never lied under oath.

News reports then emerged showing that Sessions had himself met Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak at least twice in 2016. 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.

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. 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".