Jeff Sessions rebuffed a Republican who wants to investigate 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

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 US uranium supplies. Before leaving for a trip to Asia this month, Mr. Trump expressed his frustration with the Justice Department.

In his opening statement, U.S. Rep. John Conyers Jr., D-Mich., went through Sessions's public statements on Russia-related matters, highlighting instances in which what Sessions said did not comport with other evidence.

The staff interview behind closed doors with Rinat Akhmetshin is part of the committee's probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, as well as an ongoing investigation by Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley into lax enforcement of the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

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.

Sessions' testimony appears likely to keep the controversy over Russian Federation boiling as Special Counsel Robert Mueller accelerates his investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation. "He's bold and direct about what he says, people elected him, but we do our duty every day based on law and facts". She's conducted numerous lengthy interviews with the president and, according to White House sources, was on a short list to be named as deputy attorney general. That letter informed members that federal prosecutors are looking into whether a special counsel should be appointed to investigate Hillary Clinton.

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

"I believe that I wanted to make clear that he wasn't authorized to represent the campaign with the Russian government, or any other foreign government, for that matter", he testified.

"Are you recused from investigations that involved Secretary Clinton?"

Sessions also suggested all of his answers before Congress were answered to the best of his recollection.

"In all of my testimony, I can only do my best to answer all of your questions as I understand them and to the best of my memory".

"But I will not accept, and reject, accusations that I have ever lied under oath".

News reports then emerged showing that Sessions had himself met Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak at least twice in 2016.

"You can't x-ray people's minds to see what they were thinking and what they knew, so perjury can be a hard crime to prove", said Bennett Gershman, a professor of criminal law at Pace Law School.

Sessions previously testified at a similar hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee in October.

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