Fox News host tore into Sessions in private meeting with Trump

Fox News host tore into Sessions in private meeting with Trump

It was not the first time that Sessions, who was a senior Trump campaign aide and Republican senator, has revised his comments about contact between the campaign and Russian Federation.

Sessions said although his Justice Department will consider investigations into Hillary Clinton, he could not say whether he would recuse himself from the matter, contradicting his previous statements on the matter.

"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. In that written statement, the former Trump campaign national security adviser claimed that he had told Sessions about "connections" he had that "could help arrange a meeting between then-candidate Trump and President Putin" in March of a year ago.

During the March 2016 campaign meeting where Russia was discussed, Sessions shut down Papadopoulos' idea of engaging with Russian contacts, according to a source familiar with the matter.

"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".

The report said members of the committee, including Clinton, should have known about the investigation and it questioned why they would have approved it. Sessions is at the hearing to answer questions about his leadership of the Department of Justice and his interactions with Russians while a top adviser in the Trump campaign.

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

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Sessions' highly-anticipated testimony comes just hours after the Justice Department announced that he had appointed senior federal prosecutors to make recommendations as to whether any matter not now under investigation should be opened, and whether they require further resources or the appointment of a special counsel.

Sessions previously said he had "no recollection" of the meeting that he chaired that included Papadopoulos until a picture of it surfaced after the staffer's guilty plea for false statements.

"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.

At his confirmation hearing to be attorney general, Sessions claimed he "did not have communications with the Russians" during the campaign.

After the hearing, news reports emerged showing that Sessions had himself met with Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak at least twice in 2016.

Prosecutors will "evaluate certain issues" surrounding the foundation and make recommendations on possible investigative steps - including the appointment of a special counsel, Stephen E. Boyd, assistant attorney general, wrote in a two-page letter to Rep. Robert W. Goodlatte, R-Va., chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.

Sessions said at the hearing on Tuesday that he forgot about the March 2016 meeting because the Trump campaign was "a form of chaos" from the beginning.

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