On Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions defended himself from Congress and their intense questioning. During a 5 hour testimony, the discussions ranged in topics from undisclosed meetings regarding Russia to a possible special counsel for Hillary Clinton.
Last October, the Attorney General testified before congress in which he defended his innocence of having no knowledge of collusion between the Donald Trump campaign and the Russian Government. Mr. Sessions also stated that he was not aware of the meeting that took place in June, 2016 that involved a Russian lawyer, Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort. The lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, was supposedly offering damaging information related to Hillary Clinton.
Court documents during the hearing that were presented today displayed that Mr. Sessions led the round table in which George Papadopoulos suggested that a meeting should be arranged between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. In Mr. Sessions testimony today, he defended his previous statement that he had no knowledge of collusion and that he hadn’t remembered the meeting at the time of his initial hearing. He insisted that he was not meaning to mislead Congress after they pointed out multiple inaccurate statements on events that took place and that hearing of the meeting through the documents reminded him. Although the details of the discussion were stated to be uncertain, Mr. Sessions did recall “I pushed back against his suggestion.” when the idea was presented.
“I have no clear recollection of the details of what he said.”
Mr. Sessions has recused himself from the Russian investigation which had conflict between the Attorney General and the President, however Congress weighed in on Trumps influence, in particular, to the idea of creating a new special counsel. The new special counsel would investigate Hillary Clinton, the Barrack Obama administration, and their involvement in the Uranium One deal. President Trump, who is frustrated with the media covering the Russia investigation closely, is raising question as to why Hillary Clinton allegations of wrong doings are not being reviewed as thoroughly. Congress questioned Mr. Sessions on whether he was being improperly influenced by the President in his decision to start a special counsel to investigate the deal.
President Trump has furiously demanded that an investigation should be initiated to review the relationship between the previous administration and the Clinton Foundation, which raised concern this week after Justice Department announced it would investigate those allegations. Mr. Sessions argued that the Justice Department does their jobs everyday based on fact and laws.
“I have not been improperly influenced and would not be improperly influenced. The president speaks his mind. He’s a bold and direct about what he says,”
Mr. Sessions also touched briefly on the Roy Moore sexual assault allegations, stating that “I have no reason to doubt these young women,”. In addition, Mr. Sessions testified about leaks increasing under his leadership. The Attorney General firmly assured congress that “It cannot be allowed to continue and we will do our best effort to ensure it does not continue.”