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Jeff Sessions rebuffed a Republican who wants to investigate Comey

15 November 2017

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is considering appointing a second special counsel to investigate a raft of allegations connected to Hillary Clinton, a move that would fulfill long-standing demands from President Donald Trump and the Republican base.

"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.

Sessions is due to testify before the House Judiciary Committee for a routine oversight hearing, but Democrats on the panel will grill him about a series of statements he made to the Senate Judiciary Committee, in which he denied knowing about meetings between campaign aides and Russians.

The following describes the crime of perjury and whether it would apply to Sessions' conduct. After his confirmation hearing, it came to light that Sessions had met with Russian officials during the campaign, prompting his recusal from the investigation and leading to the special counsel's appointment. He said he mentioned in passing to Sessions that he was preparing to visit Russian Federation and Sessions "had no reaction whatsoever".

Sessions responded, "I did not, and I'm not aware of anyone else that did, and I don't believe it happened".

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Sessions previously said he had "no recollection" of the meeting that he chaired that included Papadopoulos until a picture of it surfaced after the staffer's guilty plea for false statements.

Sessions said that in all of his testimony, he could only do his "best" to answer all of the questions as he "understands them" and to the best of his memory.

Gordon has also said that Papadopoulos went around him and Sessions and that they did not know he had continued to try to arrange such a meeting.

"There's a bit of wiggle room there", Green said.

Sessions said that was the version of events he recalled.

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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. But it was a form of chaos every day from day one. "Sleep was in short supply".

A prosecutor could use circumstantial evidence to undermine such a defence, lawyers said.

Numerous items Goodlatte wanted probed had always been conservative talking points, some having to do with matters many considered long resolved: various decisions made in the Clinton email case, the Uranium One purchase, the so-called "unmasking" of people by the intelligence committee, and allegations, which officials have said were untrue, by Trump that he was wiretapped by his predecessors.

Who could prosecute Sessions for perjury? Weeks later, Special Counsel Robert Mueller revealed Papadopoulos's confession to the crime of lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Green said that Mueller's mandate clearly encompasses looking into whether Sessions tried to hide the extent of Russia's influence in the election.

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Jeff Sessions rebuffed a Republican who wants to investigate Comey