Jeff Sessions rebuffed a Republican who wants to investigate Comey

They see her alleged role as a scandal, particularly amid charges the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation in the 2016 presidential election.

More broadly, though, the renewed scrutiny of Clinton and the foundation reflects a political score Trump has a stated interest in settling, at a time that he would like far less interest in his own campaign's contacts with Russian Federation.

Democratic lawmakers already contend the attorney general has not been forthcoming with them and have signaled that questions about the new revelations are likely to dominate what could otherwise have been a routine oversight hearing.

Sessions also told the House committee that he did not recall an encounter with another campaign adviser, Carter Page.

The letter from Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd did not confirm the existence of any investigation, and did not guarantee that the prosecutors' evaluation would lead to any investigations.

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.

In what will be Sessions' fourth testimony before lawmakers in a year, the attorney general is expected to answer questions about his contact with Russian officials during the Trump campaign.

At his January confirmation hearing, Sessions told Sen.

"If, as recent reports suggest, you rejected Mr. Papadopoulos's suggestion that President Trump meet with Vladimir Putin at that March 31 meeting - a fact you appear to have remembered only after Mr. Papadopoulos's account was made public - it seems likely that you were "aware" of communications between the Russian government and surrogates of the Trump campaign", the letter states.


During the March 2016 meeting, Sessions shut down Papadopoulos' idea of engaging with Russian contacts, according to a source familiar with the matter.

In response to the silence from the Justice Department, Reps.

Under pressure, Sessions recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation.

After the hearing, news reports emerged showing that Sessions had himself met with Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak at least twice in 2016.

"I cannot imagine my memory failing so much", she said.

"It's time for Jeff Sessions to name a Special Counsel and get answers for the American people".

President Donald Trump himself has repeatedly used social media to urge the Justice Department to investigate the deal, including in a series of Twitter posts this month in which he lamented not having more direct influence over the affairs of the law enforcement agency.

Elsewhere in his testimony, Sessions disappointed congressional Republicans by saying that the Justice Department would need a "factual basis" to appoint a second special counsel tasked with investigating Hillary Clinton's role in the Uranium One deal, and that no such basis now exists. "But, honestly, they should be looking at the Democrats".

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