partlycloudy
Thursday November 23rd, 2017 11:57AM

The Latest: Sessions doesn't recall talk with Carter Page

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on testimony by Attorney General Jeff Sessions (all times local):

10:45 a.m.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions says that he does not remember speaking to Carter Page during the 2016 presidential campaign about a trip that the former foreign policy campaign adviser took to Russia.

Page told the House intelligence committee earlier this month that he had informed some members of the Trump campaign about the trip, including Sessions. He said he mentioned in passing to Sessions that he was visiting Russia and Sessions had no reaction.

Page's trip has drawn scrutiny in probes of Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign.

Sessions said he doesn't challenge Page's recollection, but doesn't remember the conversation. He said the Trump campaign "was a brilliant campaign in many ways. But it was a form of chaos every day from day one."

___

10:45 a.m.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions says the Justice Department "can never be used to retaliate politically against opponents."

Sessions' statement was in response to questions from members of the House Judiciary Committee asking about President Donald Trump's tweets suggesting that Sessions investigate Democratic rivals.

Sessions on Monday left open the possibility that a special counsel could be appointed to look into Clinton Foundation dealings and an Obama-era uranium deal.

But before the committee Tuesday, he denied Trump has influenced his decision-making. Sessions says that would be improper.

Sessions told the committee: "I have not been improperly influenced and would not be improperly influenced" despite the president's "bold" comments.

___

10:22 a.m.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions says he thinks he told former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos that he wasn't authorized to represent the campaign with the Russian government.

Papadopoulos has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about foreign contacts. He was part of a foreign policy council that Sessions chaired, and charging documents in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation indicate that Papadopoulos told the council that he could help arrange a meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

An attendee at the meeting recalled that Sessions quickly shut the conversation down.

Sessions said that to his recollection, "I believe that I wanted to make clear to him that he was not authorized to represent the campaign with the Russian government, or any other foreign government, for that matter."

___

4:17 a.m.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is leaving open the possibility that a special counsel could be appointed to look into Clinton Foundation dealings and an Obama-era uranium deal. The Justice Department made the announcement Monday in responding to concerns from Republican lawmakers.

In a letter to the House Judiciary Committee, which is holding an oversight hearing Tuesday, the Justice Department said Sessions had directed senior federal prosecutors to "evaluate certain issues" raised by Republican lawmakers. President Donald Trump has also repeatedly called for investigations of Democrats.

The prosecutors will report their findings to Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

  • Associated Categories: U.S. News, Associated Press (AP), AP National News, AP Online National News, Top U.S. News short headlines, AP Elections, General Presidential Election News, AP Elections - Campaigns
© Copyright 2017 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Sessions defends himself to Congress, says he never lied
Attorney General Jeff Sessions returns to Capitol Hill this week amid growing evidence of contacts between Russians and associates of President Donald Trump
11:10AM ( 8 minutes ago )
Congressional GOP upbeat about prospects for tax overhaul
Congressional Republicans are projecting confidence about delivering on an overhaul of the nation's tax code with President Donald Trump planning an in-person appeal to lawmakers ahead of a crucial House vote this week
11:08AM ( 9 minutes ago )
The Latest: Sessions doesn't recall talk with Carter Page
Attorney General Jeff Sessions says that he does not remember speaking to Carter Page during the 2016 presidential campaign about a trip that the former foreign policy adviser took to Russia.
11:03AM ( 14 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Ohio transfers sick inmate to death house ahead of execution
Ohio is starting final preparations for executing a sick inmate who will be provided a wedge-shaped pillow to help him breathe as he's put to death this week
10:32AM ( 46 minutes ago )
Trump's AG considers special counsel in uranium deal
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is leaving open the possibility that a special counsel could be appointed to look into Clinton Foundation dealings and a uranium deal during the Obama administration
9:47AM ( 1 hour ago )
Russia drafts legislation targeting foreign media
Russian lawmakers say they have drafted legal amendments that would allow the government to register international media outlets as foreign agents
9:41AM ( 1 hour ago )
AP National News
Trump Jr. faces calls to publicly explain WikiLeaks contacts
President Donald Trump's oldest son has released a series of direct messages he received from the Twitter account behind the WikiLeaks website
9:11AM ( 2 hours ago )
Trump faces new challenges in tax overhaul, Alabama race
President Donald Trump is headed home following an Asia tour he called "tremendously successful."
8:43AM ( 2 hours ago )
10 Things to Know for Today
Among 10 Things to Know: Trump Jr. messaged with WikiLeaks during 2016 campaign; Rescuers search debris after Iran-Iraq earthquake killed more than 400; Republicans continue abandoning Alabama Senate candidate Moore after new accusations
7:28AM ( 3 hours ago )
AP Online National News
The Latest: Jones ad features Republicans against Roy Moore
Democrat Doug Jones has unveiled a new campaign ad in which Alabama voters, including Republicans, say they can't vote for Roy Moore
10:22AM ( 55 minutes ago )
Kenya court set to hear petitions challenging repeat vote
Kenya's Supreme Court court set to hear petitions challenging repeat presidential vote
5:55AM ( 5 hours ago )
Trump Jr. messaged with WikiLeaks during 2016 campaign
President Donald Trump's oldest son has released a series of direct messages he received from the Twitter account behind the WikiLeaks website
4:50AM ( 6 hours ago )
AP Elections
Somaliland votes for new president amid tight contest
People in Somalia's semi-autonomous region of Somaliland are voting Monday to elect their fifth president Monday as the ruling party faces a strong challenge from opposition candidates
10:37AM ( 1 day ago )
Biden says he wouldn't have stepped in for Hillary Clinton
Former Vice President Joe Biden says he wouldn't have agreed to replace Hillary Clinton as the Democratic presidential nominee under any circumstances
9:37AM ( 1 day ago )
The Latest: Trump thanks Duterte for his hospitality
President Donald Trump is again thanking the president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte (doo-TEHR'-tay), for hosting world leaders at an international summit
2:42AM ( 1 day ago )
General Presidential Election News
Report: Trump Jr. messaged with WikiLeaks during campaign
The Atlantic reports that President Donald Trump's oldest son communicated with the Twitter account behind WikiLeaks, exchanging direct messages during the 2016 election about leaked emails from Democrat Hillary Clinton's campaign
7:34PM ( 15 hours ago )
The Latest: Senator says Moore should be expelled if elected
The head of the Senate Republican campaign committee says if Roy Moore wins his race in Alabama, the Senate should vote to expel him
3:53PM ( 19 hours ago )
Top GOP leader on allegations on Moore: I believe the women
The top Republican in the Senate says GOP candidate Roy Moore should quit the Alabama race
12:01PM ( 23 hours ago )
AP Elections - Campaigns
Sessions defends himself to Congress, says he never lied
Attorney General Jeff Sessions returns to Capitol Hill this week amid growing evidence of contacts between Russians and associates of President Donald Trump
11:10AM ( 8 minutes ago )
Congressional GOP upbeat about prospects for tax overhaul
Congressional Republicans are projecting confidence about delivering on an overhaul of the nation's tax code with President Donald Trump planning an in-person appeal to lawmakers ahead of a crucial House vote this week
11:08AM ( 9 minutes ago )
Macron unveils plan to boost French youth, fight extremism
President Emmanuel Macron says the French state fueled homegrown extremism by abandoning its poorest neighborhoods, and is promising tough and "sometimes authoritarian" new measures to combat the problem
10:58AM ( 20 minutes ago )
The Latest: Speaker Ryan says Moore should 'step aside'
House Speaker Paul Ryan says Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore "should step aside." Ryan told reporters the allegations against Moore "are credible."
10:58AM ( 20 minutes ago )
4th person shot dead in Tampa in possible serial spree
A fourth person has been found shot to death in a Florida neighborhood that may be targeted by a serial killer
10:57AM ( 21 minutes ago )