Saturday, 18 November, 2017

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Testifies Before House Lawmakers

Freedom Caucus founder Jim Jordan is one of the leading voices pushing for Attorney General Sessions to create a probe to look into James Comey Freedom Caucus founder Jim Jordan is one of the leading voices pushing for Attorney General Sessions to create a probe to look into James Comey
Howard Terry | 15 November, 2017, 00:53

Under Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the Department of Justice ordered prosecutors to examine "certain issues" raised by congressional Republicans, according to a letter Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd sent to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and other committee members, who have been demanding a special counsel be assigned to probe Clinton.

Democrats have criticized this as a ploy to deflect attention from the special counsel probing Trump campaign interactions with the Kremlin and potential effects on the 2016 presidential election.

After that meeting, Sessions said, he did not have "any further knowledge" of additional contacts between the campaign and Russian officials.

"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.

"We intend to ask you about these inconsistencies", the committee's Democratic members said in a November 7 letter to Sessions, who has recused himself from investigations into the conclusions of USA intelligence agencies that Moscow meddled in the 2016 USA election to help then-Republican candidate Donald Trump's campaign.

On Oct. 24, Mr. Grassley wrote in a Twitter post, "Whoever in DOJ is capable w authority to appoint a special counsel shld do so to investigate Uranium One "whoever" means if u aren't recused". The members who signed on requested the "appointment of a Special Counsel to investigate various matters, including the sale of Uranium One, alleged unlawful dealing related to the Clinton Foundation and other matters", the New York Times reports.

Those claims have been denied by Clinton, who called them "baloney" and said there has been "no credible evidence [presented] by anyone".

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.

Mr Sessions said on Tuesday that he doesn't challenge Mr Page's recollection, but doesn't remember the conversation. "And none of you had a part in the Trump campaign", Sessions said.

It also comes a day after the Justice Department told the chair of the committee, Rep.

Jeff Sessions's memory works in mysterious ways.

Though the Justice Department falls within the executive branch, and its priorities are historically in line with those of the president, the White House is not supposed to influence the decisions of prosecutors on any particular cases.

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.

"The Department of Justice can never be used to retaliate politically against opponents".

Mrs. Clinton's campaign spokesman, Brian Fallon, has said suggestions they did were "baseless".

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