Jeff Sessions: Don't Call Me a Liar - Page 2

But attorney general clarifies that he now remembers meeting at which Russia was raised
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 14, 2017 11:55 AM CST

  • Clinton: The judiciary panel's GOP chairman, Bob Goodlatte, sounded dissatisfied with Sessions' lack of determination to investigate claims against Clinton, reports the Hill. Specifically, he cited Republicans' request that Sessions name a special counsel to investigate the Justice Department's inquiry into Clinton's email server. On Monday, Sessions said he's looking into the possibility of a Clinton special investigation, but on Tuesday, he sounded pessimistic. "'Looks like' is not enough basis to appoint a special counsel," he said, per Politico. (The Hill has more on a relatively testy exchange with GOP Rep. Jim Jordan.)
  • Carter Page: Another adviser, Carter Page, has testified that he told Sessions during the campaign about a July 2016 trip of his to Russia, during which he met with Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich, but Sessions said Tuesday he has "no memory" of any such conversation, reports Fox News.
  • In other words: In a snarky take on Sessions' comments, the New York Times observes, "To sum up: Mr. Sessions said he could not remember much about Russian influence on the Trump campaign, except when he could block such influence."
  • Daily 'chaos': Elaborating on why he didn't recall such details, Sessions spoke of the unique nature of the Trump campaign. "All of you have been in a campaign, but most of you have not participated in a presidential campaign," he said. "And none of you had a part in the Trump campaign. It was a brilliant campaign in many ways. But it was a form of chaos every day from day one."
  • On Trump: "I have not been improperly influenced and would not be improperly influenced" by Trump, Sessions said, per Politico. The president has been publicly pushing for the Justice Department to investigate various issues related to Clinton, but Sessions says those statements haven't swayed him.
  • Roy Moore accusers: Session said he had "no reason to doubt" the women coming forward to accuse Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexual improprieties. But he declined to say whether he thought Moore, who is running to fill Sessions' vacated seat, should withdraw from the race, reports the AP.

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