Ses­sions de­nies ly­ing on Rus­sia, pleads hazy mem­ory

The Record (Troy, NY) - - WEATHER -

WASHINGTON » At­tor­ney Gen­eral Jeff Ses­sions, in a raised voice and an­i­mated tone, told Congress on Tues­day he never lied un­der oath about Rus­sian in­ter­fer­ence in the 2016 elec­tion and sug­gested that sleep de­pri­va­tion and the “chaos” of the Trump cam­paign clouded his rec­ol­lec­tions of cam­paign con­tacts with Rus­sians.

In more than five hours of tes­ti­mony, Ses­sions sought to ex­plain away ap­par­ent con­tra­dic­tions in his pub­lic state­ments by por­tray­ing Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s cam­paign as an ex­haust­ing op­er­a­tion and said he could not be ex­pected to re­mem­ber spe­cific en­coun­ters from more than a year ago.

But he did say that re­cent me­dia re­ports have trig­gered in him a mem­ory, which he had not pre­vi­ously re­vealed, of a con­ver­sa­tion with a cam­paign ad­viser last year about a pro­posed Rus­sian gov­ern­ment meet­ing.

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