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Sessions to testify on Russian Federation before House Judiciary Committee

15 November 2017, 12:54 | Sherry Padilla

Justice Department Confirms Prosecutors Are "Evaluating" Claims Raised Against Hillary Clinton

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

President Donald Trump's repeated public comments attacking the Justice Department have not influenced the department or ongoing investigations, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Tuesday during a contentious House judiciary committee hearing.

That wire transfer is one of more than 60 now being scrutinized by the FBI and other federal agencies investigating Russian involvement in the USA election. After his confirmation hearing, it came to light that Sessions had met with Russian officials during the campaign, prompting his recusal from the investigation and leading to the special counsel's appointment.

"You said one time that good people don't smoke marijuana", Cohen said, referring to statements Sessions made as a Senator previous year.

"The Attorney General of the United States should not be held to a different standard than the young police officer whose life you ruined", Jefferies said.

Many democrats have criticized the focus on Uranium One and push for a special counsel, arguing it creates "discord" and could be a distraction from the investigation into Russian meddling and collusion.

"'Looks like, ' not enough basis to appoint a special counsel", he told the House Judiciary Committee.

In October, Sessions testified to the Senate that he did not have any "continuing exchange of information" with Russian operatives - and that he wasn't "aware of anyone else [on the Trump campaign] that did".

On Monday, the head of the Justice Department's legislative affairs office responded to those requests by confirming that "senior federal prosecutors" were "evaluat [ing] certain issues raised in your letters".


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.

The matter took on new life after a report last month said the FBI was investigating possible Russian attempts to influence the us nuclear sector at the time CFIUS was considering the sale of Uranium One to Rosatom.

Sessions said he did "not challenge" Page's recollection, but said he had "no memory" of his presence at a dinner or "any passing conversation he may have had with me as he left". There is no structural reason to believe the Justice Department is unable to conduct a fair investigation of the Clinton Foundation. And it sure looks like a major political party was working with the federal government to then turn an opposition research document that quoted some National Enquirer story into an intelligence document, take that to the FISA [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act] court so that they could then get a warrant to spy on Americans associated with President Trump's campaign.

Sessions has asked Justice Department prosecutors to decide if a special counsel should be appointed to investigate certain Republican concerns, including alleged wrongdoing by the Clinton Foundation and the sale of a uranium company to Russian Federation, according to media reports on Monday.

The Attorney General is set to testify before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.

"I cannot imagine my memory failing so much", she said.

"The Department of Justice can never be used to retaliate politically against opponents". "But, honestly, they should be looking at the Democrats".



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