Attorney General Sessions says now recalls meeting flagged in Russian Federation probe

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U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is headed back to Capitol Hill today to testify before the House Judiciary Committee.

Democrats have accused Republicans of launching a spurious investigation of Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, to divert attention from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into alleged links between President Donald Trump's presidential campaign and Russian Federation. Months later, the Washington Post revealed that Sessions had met with the Russian ambassador to the United States multiple times during the 2016 campaign.

The dossier was just one of many dirty tricks Hillary Clinton's campaign used in an effort to undermine her opponent's campaign during the 2016 election cycle.

Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee pressed Mr. Sessions to explain whether he was pressured to restart investigations targeting President Trump's former democratic rival.

The panel's investigation into Russian meddling has been stalled for weeks amid disputes between Republicans and Democrats. The members who signed on requested the "appointment of a Special Counsel to investigate various matters, including the sale of Uranium One, alleged unlawful dealing related to the Clinton Foundation and other matters", the New York Times reports.

At a moment where Sessions' leadership and credibility is being questioned - the president himself has openly pondered firing him, and Democrats are accusing him of lying about his knowledge of Russian contacts with the Trump campaign - the attorney general is giving the appearance that he's bowing to the political demands of the president.

At his January confirmation hearing, Sessions told Sen.

"I do now recall" the meeting where adviser George Papadopoulos made the proposal, Sessions said, "but I have no clear recollection of the details of what he said during the meeting". If so, the Clintons could be investigated through normal Justice Department channels, although ironically that might be more dubious politically for Trump and Sessions than a special counsel would be.

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

"It's time for Jeff Sessions to name a Special Counsel and get answers for the American people".

Under pressure, Sessions recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation. I will not accept and reject accusations that I have ever lied under oath.

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

In court records, prosecutors said Papadopoulos told a March 31, 2016 meeting of campaign officials that he had Russian connections and could help arrange a meeting with Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Trump has repeatedly criticized his Justice Department for not aggressively probing a variety of conservative concerns.

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.

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