Sessions to testify on Russian Federation before House Judiciary Committee

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday said he wasn't entirely sold on appointing a special counsel to investigate Hillary Clinton's and the FBI's possible role in the preparation of a salacious dossier on Donald Trump.

Sessions noted that there have only ever been two special counsels: one for the Waco siege in April 1993, and Robert Mueller's probe into possible collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.

But the court documents, and Papadopoulos' guilty plea for lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation over his contacts with Russian officials, put new focus on Sessions' earlier testimony.

It was not the first time that Sessions, who was a senior Trump campaign aide and Republican senator, has revised his comments about contact between the campaign and Russian Federation. He said recently that officials there "should be looking at the Democrats" and that it was "very discouraging" they were not "going after Hillary Clinton".

"The president speaks his mind; he is bold and direct in what he says", Sessions told members of the House Judiciary Committee. Trump has tweeted repeatedly about the need for Sessions and the Justice Department to investigate the Clinton Foundation, Clinton herself, and other Democrats in the Clinton orbit.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions told lawmakers that the Department of Justice is investigating 27 leaks of classified information.

The appearance before the House Judiciary Committee follows a guilty plea from one Trump campaign aide who served on a foreign policy council that Sessions chaired, as well as statements from another adviser who said he'd advised the then-GOP Alabama senator about an upcoming trip to Russian Federation.

"I did not and I'm not aware of anyone else that did, and I don't believe it happened", Sessions said under questioning, again from Franken.

The Kremlin denies that and Trump says there was no collusion between his campaign and Russian officials.

Under pressure, Sessions recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation. The Justice Department made the announcement Monday in responding to concerns from Republican lawmakers.

Or, so Sessions tells the House Judiciary Committee.

In terms of the CFIUS approval, Clinton has said she had nothing to do with it.

"I do now recall the March 2016 meeting at Trump Hotel that Mr. Papadopoulos attended, but I have no clear recollection of the details of what he said during that meeting", Sessions said.

Prosecutors' findings - including a potential recommendation for a broader inquiry, led by a special counsel - will be reported to the attorney general or the deputy attorney "as appropriate", according to a Justice Department letter sent to key House Republicans. The move, detailed in a letter to Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, comes after Trump has criticized his Justice Department for not doing more investigation of his former political rival.

In April 2015, The New York Times published an article echoing much of the Schweizer book, including one sensational contention that not long after the Russians said they wanted to acquire a majority stake in Uranium One, Bill Clinton received $500,000 for a speech in Moscow.

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