Sessions denies lying on Russia, blames 'chaos' of campaign for hazy memory

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 05:44:24 AM. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, in a raised voice, told Congress on Tuesday he never lied under oath about Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions, in a raised voice and animated tone, told Congress on Tuesday he never lied under oath about Russian interference in the 2016 election and suggested that sleep deprivation and the "chaos" of the Trump campaign clouded his recollections of campaign contacts with Russians. In more than five hours of testimony, Sessions sought to explain away apparent contradictions in his public statements by portraying President Donald Trump's campaign as an exhausting operation and said he could not be expected to remember specific encounters from more than a year ago. But he did say that recent media reports have triggered in him a memory, which he had not previously revealed, of a conversation with a campaign adviser last year about a proposed Russian government meeting. "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," Sessions told the House Judiciary Committee. "But I will not accept, and reject, accusations that I have ever lied. That is a lie." The oversight hearing divided along stark partisan lines. Republicans questioned Sessions about the Justice Department's openness to the idea of a special counsel to investigate Clinton Foundation dealings and an Obama-era uranium deal, while Democrats grilled him on the evolving explanations about his own foreign contacts about how much he knew of communication during the campaign between Trump associates and Russian government...Read more
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