Ses­sions fac­ing Congress amid new Rus­sia probe de­tails

The Philippine Star - - WORLD -

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.

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