U.S. considers special investigation of Clinton Foundation

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The appearance before the House Judiciary Committee follows a guilty plea from one Trump campaign aide who served on a foreign policy advisory council that Sessions chaired, as well as statements from another adviser who said he'd advised the then-GOP Alabama senator about an upcoming trip to Russian Federation. He said he mentioned in passing to Sessions that he was visiting Russian Federation and the then-senator had no reaction.

USA intelligence agencies have concluded that Moscow meddled in the 2016 election to help Republican Trump's campaign.

Sessions also said he had no challenge to Page's recollection of those events.

Gershman said Sessions' statement that he did not recall Papadopoulos' remarks at the meeting would raise skepticism since Sessions led the meeting, Trump attended it and important national security matters were discussed. "He's bold and direct about what he says, people elected him, but we do our duty every day based on law and facts".

But Sessions insisted he did not make any false statements in his previous congressional testimony or public statements.

Those claims have been denied by Clinton, who called them "baloney" and said there has been "no credible evidence [presented] by anyone". Sessions said he no memory of that interaction. "I have always tried to answer the questions fairly and accurately".

In another Senate hearing last month, Sessions testified he had no improper involvement with Russians and was not aware of anyone else from the campaign who did.

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"I will not accept and reject accusations that I have ever lied under oath". Trump has repeatedly voiced frustration about the Mueller probe and publicly criticized Sessions, stoking speculation he might be fired.

Papadopolous pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his contacts with Russians.

Some legal experts said there is a strong argument that Sessions committed perjury at an October 18 oversight hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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 USA history.

The department said in a letter to the House Judiciary Committee Monday that Sessions had directed senior federal prosecutors to "evaluate certain issues" raised in recent weeks by members of Congress, which include allegations that the Clinton Foundation benefited from a years-old uranium transaction involving a Russian-backed company. Mr. Mueller was the F.B.I. director at the time.

The Washington Post and New York Times cited a letter from the Justice Department to the Republican chairman of the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, Robert Goodlatte, responding to his request for the appointment of a special counsel to look into various matters.

"I would say it is improper to influence - ah - it would be - a president can not improperly influence and investigation, and I have not been improperly influenced and would not be improperly influenced", Sessions continued.

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