Sessions told the committee that he did not recall discussing policies about Russia with former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
Rep. Jackson Lee's (R-TX) asked questions about Roy Moore, a candidate running for Sessions' open Senate seat in Alabama, who has been accused of pursuing sexual relationships with teenage girls. Sessions' said he had "no reason to doubt" the women accusing Moore and that he should not be involved in the campaign for his former U.S. Senate seat.
Lee's questions were followed by Rep. Darryl Issa (R-CA) who asked about sober living homes as a follow-up to unfinished work by the previous administration, and Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) who asked how Sessions was going to help members of the African American community vote - and asked about Session's stance on voter ID laws.
During his questioning, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) discussed the Trump dossier by Fusion GPS and whether the FBI submitted it to the FISA court. Rep. Jordan suggested the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email server warranted special counsel. Session's disagreed saying the investigation did not meet the necessary standards to appoint a special counsel.
Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) asked Sessions about his recusal from the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Sessions replied that the Code of Federal Regulations required that a DOJ employee who participated in a campaign should not be part of investigating that same campaign.
If I were not bound by that I don't see how other people in the Department of Justice could be expected to follow the rules of the department either.
The committee moved to recess.
Sessions was expected to testify about relations to Russia, including those between the Trump's foreign policy adviser and campaign manager. Sessions said he always told the truth, but he now remembers the March 2016 meeting between campaign aides George Papadopoulos and Carter Page.
"I believe that I wanted to make clear to him that he was not authorized to represent the campaign with the Russian government, or any other foreign government, for that matter."
He said he would have reported the meeting when he testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee had he remembered it.
Sessions went on to say that the 2016 Trump campaign was "a form of chaos every day from day one."
When Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) showed several of now-President Trump's tweets suggesting the DOJ should investigate Hillary Clinton, Sessions responded saying that the president should be careful not to influence a pending investigation.
Sessions re-affirmed his January confirmation hearing pledge that he would recuse himself from matters involving Hillary Clinton.
When asked by Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Sessions said he has not spoken about Papadopoulous with Special Counsel Robert Mueller or the FBI.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday on multiple pending Department of Justice's (DOJ) investigations.
In Session's opening statement, he addressed violent crime rates, including gun violence rates, and police safety. He also discussed the DOJ's work to protecting the rule of law within the DOJ itself, civil cases including the Affordable Care Act birth control mandate, settled disputes between tax-exempt groups, and providing legal counsel for the administration. He said the DOJ withdrew DACA immigration laws and put it in the hands of Congress; they are still working on redistricting plans, religious liberty and free speech on college campuses.
It is our mission to restore the American people's confidence in the Department of Justice by defending the rule of law and enforcing the laws as you have passed them.
Additionally, he addressed the DOJ's official letter that was sent to Judiciary Chairman Rep. Robert W. Goodlatte Monday night regarding the potential need for a special counsel on the Uranium One and Clinton Foundation DOJ investigations.
Further, he said he has not made false charges made about his previous testimony.
My answers have not changed, I have always told the truth, and I have answered every question as I understood them to the best of my recollection as I will continue to do today.
Sara Carter was live from the hearing with Sessions. See her tweet's below:
.@jeffsessions says he wants to address false claims about his last testimony. He said he did not remember Papadopoulos meeting and campaign although brilliantly run was a form of “chaos” too with meetings everyday. AG: i have never lied, rejecting any insinuation that he did.— Sara A. Carter (@SaraCarterDC) November 14, 2017
AG Sessions tells Rep. Jackson Lee he stands by testimony and says he had no conversations with Russians or any others about Russians. He said he didn’t recall the meeting with Papadopoulos and was not keeping anything from his last testimony.— Sara A. Carter (@SaraCarterDC) November 14, 2017
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