Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Attorney General Jeff Sessions denied he lied or misled Congress about contacts with Russia by people involved in Donald Trump's presidential campaign.
"I have always told the truth, and I have answered every question as I understood them and to the best of my recollection, as I will continue to do so today," Sessions said in prepared testimony Tuesday to the House Judiciary Committee.
Democrats on the panel made clear they would focus their questions at an oversight hearing on revelations by Special Counsel Robert Mueller that appeared to undercut Sessions's sworn testimony at his Senate confirmation hearing in January that he "wasn't aware" of anyone in Trump's campaign making contact with Russians.
Court documents filed by Mueller last month revealed that Sessions -- as a Republican senator who led then-candidate Trump's foreign policy team -- was at a meeting last year where George Papadopoulos, an unpaid adviser, boasted of his Russian connections. Papadopoulos has pleaded guilty to initially lying to the FBI about the timing of his Russian contacts.
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