November 14, 2017
Attorney General Jeff Sessions wraps up a day of testimony before the House Judiciary Committee.
The highly anticipated hearing on Capitol Hill focused heavily on alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
Sessions said he had nothing to do with any alleged interference efforts.
The attorney general strongly rebuked allegations that he lied under oath in a prior testimony, or tried to collude with the Russian government.
After he rejected the claims of perjury against him, he said he — quote — “always told the truth.”
Sessions appeared before the House Judiciary Committee, tackling questions relating to former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos having contact with alleged Russian authorities during the 2016 campaign.
He said he pushed back against the former adviser over his alleged Russian contacts.
“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,” Sessions stated.
The attorney general also said the DOJ is conducting 27 investigations involving classified leaks, saying it has reached — quote — “epidemic proportions.”
Sessions was later questioned by GOP Representative Jim Jordan, who recently called for a second special counsel to investigate former FBI Director James Comey on a basis of conflict of interest with Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
Sessions said more facts would need to come to light, but opened the door for an appointment of special counsel.
The attorney general has called on his department to investigate the Obama-era Uranium One Deal and the Clinton Foundation.
In a letter Monday, he directed senior federal prosecutors to look into the sale of Uranium One, unlawful dealings of the Clinton Foundation, and James Comey’s handling of the Clinton email probe and dossier.