Attorney General Jeff Sessions faced lawmakers on Capitol Hill in a new round of questioning which is sure to revolve around his knowledge of Russian contacts made by the Trump campaign in the lead up and fallout of the 2016 presidential election.
Billed as a House Judiciary Committee hearing on oversight of the Justice Department, Sessions was mainly probed about his knowledge of communications between Trump associates and the Russian government during the campaign, in light of recent grand jury indictments against two Trump campaign aides.
During his opening statement Mr. Sessions said that he did not recall the March 31,2016 national security meeting with Trump foreign policy advisor George Papadopoulos and others until news reports surface.
Meanwhile he did not dispute another former Trump campaign foreign policy advisor's account - Carter Page - about a discussion they had about Mr. Page taking a trip to Moscow he said that he did not recall the conversation.
Mr. Sessions added, "I have been asked to remember details from a year ago, such as who I saw on what day, in what meeting, and who said what to when. In all of my testimony, I can only do my best to answer all of your questions as I understand them and to the best of my memory. But I will not accept and reject accusations that I have ever lied. That is a lie... As I said before, my story has never changed. I have always told the truth, and I have answered every question to the best of my recollection as I will continue to do today."
Mr. Sessions was also asked about the controversy surrounding Judge Roy Moore who is running for his former Senate seat. The Attorney General said that he had no reason not to believe the women who are accusing him of sexual misconduct but would not go so far as to say that Mr. Moore would drop out of the race.
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