Sessions facing Congress amid new Russia probe details
WASHINGTON (AP) — Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions will return to Capitol Hill this week amid growing evidence of contacts between Russians and associates of US President Donald Trump.
And Sessions will be bracing for an onslaught of lawmakers’ questions about how much he knew of that outreach during last year’s White House campaign
The appearance before the House Judiciary Committee follows a guilty plea from one Trump campaign aide who served on a foreign policy advisory council that Sessions chaired, as well as statements from another adviser who said he’d advised the then-GOP Alabama senator about an upcoming trip to Russia.
Those details complicate Sessions’ effort to downplay knowledge of the campaign’s foreign contacts.
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.
”These facts appear to contradict your sworn testimony on several occasions,” the Democrats said in a letter to Sessions last week.
Republicans, for their part, may press Sessions on the Justice Department’s handling of an investigation into Hillary Clinton’s e-mail practices as well as an Obama-era uranium deal that has invited GOP scrutiny.