Friday, 17 November, 2017

Jeff Sessions Faces Congress Amid New Russia Probe Details

Justice Department Confirms Prosecutors Are Sessions Is Considering Second Special Counsel to Investigate a Laundry List of GOP Grievances
Wilma Wheeler | 15 November, 2017, 00:53

At today's congressional hearing with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., renewed his request for the appointment of second special counsel - this one to investigate the operations of the Clinton Foundation and a sale of a uranium company to Russian Federation, among other issues.

Mueller III was appointed in May as a special counsel to investigate the Russia-Trump campaign electoral collusion conspiracy theory peddled by the Left to undermine the Trump administration.

More broadly, though, the renewed scrutiny of Clinton and the foundation reflects a political score Trump has a stated interest in settling, at a time that he would like far less interest in his own campaign's contacts with Russian Federation.

"You said one time that good people don't smoke marijuana", Cohen said, referring to statements Sessions made as a Senator past year.

But according to released testimony to the House Intelligence Committee by former Trump foreign policy adviser Carter Page, Page met with Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich in July 2016 at an event in Moscow and briefed the campaign before and after the trip. Giustra has said he sold his stake in the deal in 2007, while Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama were vying for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Sessions testified at an open hearing in front of the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, and Conyers made a decision to base his first line of questioning on the following Trump tweets.

Earlier, Sessions confirmed that he has asked senior federal prosecutors to look into the potential appointment of a second special counsel.

"Each of those are pretty special factual situations, and we will use the proper standards, and that's the only thing I can tell you, Mr. Jordan" Sessions said. There is no structural reason to believe the Justice Department is unable to conduct a fair investigation of the Clinton Foundation.

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

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.

Sessions recused himself from investigations related to Russian interference in the elections shortly after taking office as attorney general.

"It's time for Jeff Sessions to name a Special Counsel and get answers for the American people". "I have chose to recuse myself from any existing or future investigations of any matters related in any way to the campaigns for President of the United States", he said.

The letter follows comments made by President Donald Trump on November 3 when he expressed disappointment in the Justice Department.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has directed federal prosecutors to "evaluate certain issues" involving Hillary Clinton's alleged corruption in a deal which gave Russian company Rosatom control over 20 percent of America's uranium supply.

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

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