AG Sessions says he 'always told the truth' in describing Russian Federation contacts

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"The list of matters [Goodlatte] wanted probed was wide ranging, but included the FBI's handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state, various dealings of the Clinton Foundation and several matters connected to the purchase of the Canadian mining company Uranium One by Russia's nuclear energy agency", according to the Washington Post.

Sessions pushed backed, saying a special counsel is only appointed if there is enough evidence to merit that appointment.

It also comes a day after the Justice Department told the chair of the committee, Rep. "But, honestly, they should be looking at the Democrats".

"Hopefully they are doing something and at some point, maybe we are going to all have it out", Trump said.

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.

It was not the first time that Sessions, who was a senior Trump campaign aide and Republican senator, has revised his comments about contact between the campaign and Russian Federation.

Sessions answered by trying to give context: "When I became United States Attorney in 1981, and drugs were being used widely, over a period of years, it became unfashionable, unpopular, and... it was seen as such that good people didn't use marijuana".

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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.

A Justice Department spokesman declined to comment for this article, as did a lawyer for Comey. And none of you had a part in the Trump campaign. Sessions supervised the advisory group on which Papadopoulos sat and reportedly rejected his suggestion for Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin to meet.

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The attorney general previously recused himself from matters related to the 2016 presidential campaign.

During that hearing, Democratic Senator Al Franken asked Sessions whether "surrogates from the Trump campaign had communications with the Russians".

Boyd said the investigations include issues raised in the committee's letters and the inspector general will "determine whether he should expand the scope of his investigation based on the information contained in those letters".

What are these pressing issues that demand investigation? "Professionalism, integrity, and public confidence in the Department's work is critical for us, and no priority is higher".