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Sessions to testify on Russian Federation before House Judiciary Committee

Sessions to testify on Russian Federation before House Judiciary Committee

Sessions also said on Tuesday he did not challenge a statement by another campaign foreign policy adviser, Carter Page, that he told Sessions in a brief encounter that he was about to leave for Moscow.

The report said members of the committee, including Clinton, should have known about the investigation and it questioned why they would have approved it.

The question stemmed from news Monday night that Sessions had asked senior aides to determine if the department should probe an Obama administration decision that allowed Russian Federation to acquire a financial interest in US uranium supplies.

Republicans are pushing for further investigation into the Uranium One deal and allegations of corruption involving the Clinton Foundation.

Sessions noted that there have only ever been two special counsels: one for the Waco siege in April 1993, and Robert Mueller's probe into possible collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.

Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee pressed Mr. Sessions to explain whether he was pressured to restart investigations targeting President Trump's former democratic rival. "After reading his account, and to the best of my recollection, 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".

Sessions' highly-anticipated testimony comes just hours after the Justice Department announced that he had appointed senior federal prosecutors to make recommendations as to whether any matter not now under investigation should be opened, and whether they require further resources or the appointment of a special counsel.

The attorney general previously recused himself from matters related to the 2016 presidential campaign.

But Sessions said the DOJ requires a high standard of evidence to appoint a special counsel, which means he may not grant that request. "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.

"You can be sure that they will be done without political influence and they will be done correctly and properly", Sessions said.

"I'm really not involved with the Justice Department", Trump told reporters earlier this month.

Jeff Sessions's memory works in mysterious ways.

Democratic members of the House Judiciary Committee advised Sessions in a letter last week that they meant to press him on what they said were "inconsistencies" between the attorney general's past statements and the new revelations.

He struck a similar note before the Senate Judiciary Committee last month, when he denied knowledge of communications between Russians and Trump campaign officials.

"I'm not able to answer that", he repeated multiple times to Ohio Republican Rep. Jim Jordan as he asked about the dossier.

Naming a second special prosecutor would mean dueling investigations aimed at both the White House and the candidate who lost the election, a first in US history.