Sessions changes statement about Trump campaign and Russian Federation

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

Sessions testified at an open hearing in front of the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, and Conyers made a decision to base his first line of questioning on the following Trump tweets. Before leaving for a trip to Asia this month, Mr. Trump expressed his frustration with the Justice Department. Sessions is at the hearing to answer questions about his leadership of the Department of Justice and his interactions with Russians while a top adviser in the Trump campaign.

Sessions responded to these revelations by insisting that he'd met with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in his capacity as USA senator (not as a Trump surrogate), and that they did not discuss the 2016 election.

"I have not been improperly influenced and would not be improperly influenced", Mr. Sessions said.

When asked previously about whether he believed surrogates from the Trump campaign had communications with the Russians, Sessions said, speaking before the House Judiciary Committee. "But it was a form of chaos every day from day one".

Last week Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) said there is "no question" that Sessions must appear before Congress again in an open session to "reconcile" his testimony. He has "no clear recollection" of the March 2016 meeting where George Papadopoulos offered to set up a meeting between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin - but the attorney general does remember shooting down the campaign aide's unseemly suggestion.

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"'Looks like' is not enough basis to appoint a special counsel", Sessions said.

"And a lot of people are disappointed in the Justice Department, including me".

"But I will not accept, and reject, accusations that I have ever lied under oath".

Attorney General Jeff Sessions told lawmakers that the Department of Justice is investigating 27 leaks of classified information.

The hearing comes after a year where Sessions has been under repeated pressure from the President to launch investigations into Clinton and has been under fire from congressional Democrats about his answers on Russian Federation and push end the DACA program for undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children, among other issues. He said recently that officials there "should be looking at the Democrats" and that it was "very discouraging" they were not "going after Hillary Clinton". After his confirmation hearing, it came to light that Sessions had met with Russian officials during the campaign, prompting his recusal from the investigation and leading to the special counsel's appointment.

Jordan grilled Sessions on various claims that the Obama-era Federal Bureau of Investigation colluded with Democrats to elevate the dossier put together by ex-British spy Christopher Steele that made various Russian-related allegations about President Trump.