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

15 November, 2017, 00:54 | Author: Ora Austin
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The comment by Sessions to a House of Representatives panel did not reveal any new link between the Trump team and Russian Federation but it was another example of the top USA law enforcement official offering a different version of events as lawmakers try to work out if the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation in the 2016 election. Since then former Trump campaign aides Paul J. Manafort Jr. and Richard W. Gates III have been indicted by Mueller's fishing expedition for wrongdoings like tax evasion that are unrelated to the campaign. Podesta is the brother of Clinton campaign chairman and Center for American Progress founder John Podesta.

The Rosatom-Uranium One deal did not sell 20 percent of America's uranium to Russian Federation.

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.

The Clinton's foundation allegedly took in $145 million in foreign funds and Bill Clinton received abnormally high compensation for a speech in Russian Federation just as then-Secretary of State Clinton oversaw the government agency responsible for approving the sale of 20% of America's uranium to a foreign nation. The approval came around the time her husband received the suspiciously large sum of $500,000 for a single speech from Russian sources.

There has been no evidence that donations to the Clinton Foundation influenced the Uranium One deal.

This morning at a House Judiciary Committee hearing, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) pressed Sessions for a special counsel investigation into how former FBI Director James Comey handled the Clinton probe during the election.

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Sessions said during January's confirmation hearing that he was unaware of communications between the campaign and Russian Federation.

Sessions will likely face questions regarding his knowledge of conversations between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, such as those described in the statement by George Papdopoulos, which wasn't released to the public until after Sessions' Senate hearing.

Meanwhile, the Senate Judiciary Committee is planning a Tuesday interview with a Russian-American lobbyist who attended a campaign meeting a year ago with Trump's son, according to a person familiar with the interview.

But that narrative has been challenged by a pair of recent events, most notably a guilty plea from George Papadopoulos, who last month admitted in court to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his own foreign contacts. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), drew attention to the ridiculous number of times Sessions said that he couldn't remember crucial details in previous testimonies. The character-assassination file is the salacious, 35-page report written by British former spy Christopher Steele and published by cat-video and gossip website BuzzFeed.

"The attorney general of the United States of America should not be held to a different standard than the young police officer whose life you ruined for prosecuting him for perjury", Jeffries said. But if the Department doesn't launch an investigation, Sessions will be seen as having defied the president and let down the GOP at a moment when it's eager to get to the bottom of the dossier mystery and to push Democrats into the Russiagate spotlight.

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