Sessions Throws Cold Water On GOP Fever To Appoint New Special Counsel

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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 Sessions said the Trump campaign "was a brilliant campaign in many ways".

Gershman said that Sessions' failure to disclose the Papadopoulos meeting could amount to perjury.

And he said that though he did not initially recall a March 2016 conversation with Papadopoulos, he now believes after seeing media reports about it that he told Papadopoulos that he was not authorized to represent the Trump campaign with the Russian government or any other foreign government. "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 had I remembered it, because I pushed back against his suggestion".

It was only recently that Americans learned that Hillary Clinton's campaign and the Democratic National Committee paid Fusion GPS to create the explosive, far-fetched dossier that attempted to smear President Trump by falsely linking him to Russian Federation. He said he mentioned in passing to Sessions that he was visiting Russian Federation and the then-senator had no reaction.

The department's response from Stephen E. Boyd, an assistant attorney general, expresses the importance of the department's "duty to carefully evaluate" ongoing matters "in a non-political manner", noting "the Department does not ordinarily confirm or deny investigations, and this letter should not be construed to do so".

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

Republicans have argued that Clinton was improperly involved in the approval, although they have not offered evidence. The president has publicly lambasted his attorney general and noted, had he known in advance of Sessions's recusal, he would not have appointed him to the post.

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"This department will not unlawfully target people", he said.

Testimony before Congress has proved to be something of a thorn in Sessions's side.

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

The Senate Judiciary Committee is also expected to demand that Donald Trump Jr. appear before them to explain a series of private Twitter messages between him and WikiLeaks during and after the 2016 election.

Democrats say that five congressional committees have looked into the uranium sale and found nothing improper.

Sessions also told the House committee that he did not recall an encounter with another campaign adviser, Carter Page. Sessions said he no memory of that interaction. "When Republican Representative Jim Jordan detailed what the controversy "looks like" to him, the attorney general responded: "'Looks like' is not enough basis to appoint a special counsel".

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