Sessions Throws Cold Water On GOP Fever To Appoint New Special Counsel

Under fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions will be pressed Tuesday in a House Judiciary Committee hearing over what he knew about contacts between the Trump election campaign last year and Russia

Justice Department Confirms Prosecutors Are "Evaluating" Claims Raised Against Hillary Clinton

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

Following Mr. Sessions' recusal, responsibility of the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election was passed to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed special counsel Robert Mueller to take over the investigation into that matter and all related matters.

In recent weeks, unsealed court documents have called into question the attorney general's previous testimony about his interactions with Russians, and his knowledge of others' interactions, when he was an official with the Trump campaign. Page has said publicly that he told Sessions past year that he was preparing to visit Russian Federation.

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.

"We intend to ask you about these inconsistencies", the committee's Democratic members said in a November 7 letter to Sessions, who has recused himself from investigations into the conclusions of USA intelligence agencies that Moscow meddled in the 2016 USA election to help then-Republican candidate Donald Trump's campaign. Is a special prosecutor needed to investigate Clinton's dealings?

Boyd wrote in the letter that "t$3 hese senior prosecutors will report directly to the Attorney General and the Deputy Attorney General [Rod Rosenstein], as appropriate, and will make recommendations as to whether any matters not now under investigation should be opened, whether any matters now under investigation require further resources, or whether any matters merit the appointment of a Special Counsel".

In October, Sessions testified to the Senate that he did not have any "continuing exchange of information" with Russian operatives - and that he wasn't "aware of anyone else [on the Trump campaign] that did".

Earlier, Sessions confirmed that he has asked senior federal prosecutors to look into the potential appointment of a second special counsel.

A photograph posted on Trump's Instagram account shows that Papadopoulos, Sessions and Trump were all seated at the same table in that meeting.

Mr Sessions said on Tuesday that he doesn't challenge Mr Page's recollection, but doesn't remember the conversation. "They should be looking at a lot of things, and a lot of people are disappointed in the Justice Department, including me".

Attorney General Jeff Sessions' memory seemed to lapse repeatedly when asked by lawmakers to recall details about a March 2016 meeting, where Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos reportedly proposed a meeting between then-candidate Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin.

The department's letter, dated November 13, is a direct response to July 27 and September 26 letters sent by the House Judiciary Committee chairman, Rep. Robert William Goodlatte (R., Va.), and other members of the committee. "I have made a decision to recuse myself from any existing or future investigations of any matters related in any way to the campaigns for President of the United States", he said. 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.

But, as NPR's Carrie Johnson notes, the Republican-led committee will also likely touch on the Department of Justice's evaluation of whether to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the Clinton Foundation.

Democrats say that five congressional committees have looked into the uranium sale and found nothing improper.

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