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>> Raise your right hand.>> With his conflicting statements in the Russia probe under growing scrutiny, Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday, told the house panel he now remembers at 2016 campaign meeting he attended with George Papadopoulos. The former campaign aide, who according to court documents said, he could set up a meeting between Donald Trump and Russian president, Vladimir Putin.
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>> I had no recollection of this meeting until I saw these news reports. I do now recall, but I will not accept and reject accusations that I have ever lied, that is a lie.>> Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russia. And has been reportedly cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller's special investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election.
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>> But I have no clear recollection of the details of what he said at that meeting.>> One thing Sessions said he can remember, telling Papadopoulos he was not authorized to speak to the Russian government on behalf of the Trump campaign.>> I pushed back against his suggestion-
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>> Justice department reporter, Sarah Lynch, is on the story.>> Well, Sessions was grilled today for more than five hours. And many of the questions from Democrats repeatedly focused on whether he had changed his testimony from several prior hearings. And whether he had perjured himself in regard to his past statements about whether he had communications with Russians during the campaign.
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Or whether he was aware that other campaign associates had dealings with Russian officials.>> Answer the question.>> I am, once and for all, answering the question, Congressman. I don't understand why you won't take my answer.>> Sessions insisted to law makers his story has quote, never changed.
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But at his January confirmation hearing, Sessions said he had no contacts at all with Russia during the campaign. That was later revealed to be untrue and led to his recusal in the Russia probe. At another hearing a few weeks ago, Session said he had no improper involvement with Russians and was quote, not aware of anyone else from the campaign who did, but Democrats on the panel weren't having it.
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>> You acknowledged that while serving as US attorney you once prosecuted a young police officer whole lied in a deposition. Even though he corrected his testimony, the Attorney General of the United States of America should not be held to a different standard than the young police officer, whose life you ruined by prosecuting him for perjury.
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>> Sessions is probably not out of the water yet, at least politically. It's gonna be an ongoing issue.>> The White House has denied Papadopoulos played any substantial role in the campaign.