Sessions: I Reject Accusations That I Have Lied; "That Is A Lie"

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Tuesday he has "no clear recollection" of George Papadopoulos said to him at a March 2016 event in Washington D.C. Papadopoulos allegedly proposed organizing a meeting between then-candidate Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"My answers have not changed. I have always told the truth. And I have answered every question as I understood them to the best of my recollection, as I will continue to do today," Sessions said.

Sessions said, that he rejected the suggestion of meeting with Putin:





"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," Sessions told the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday morning. "But I did not recall this event, which occurred 18 months before my testimony of a few weeks ago, and would gladly have reported it had I remembered it, because I pushed back against his suggestion that I thought may have been improper."

About the Trump campaign, Sessions said: "It was a brilliant campaign, I think in many ways, but it was a form of chaos every day from day one. We traveled to sometimes several places in one day. Sleep was in short supply. And I was still a full time senator with a very full schedule," Sessions added.

"This year, I have spent close to 20 hours testifying before Congress," he continued. "I have been asked to remember details from a year ago, such as who I saw on what day, and who said what and when. In all of my testimony, I can only do m best to answer your questions as I understand them, and to the best of my ability."

"But I can not accept, and reject accusations that I have ever lied. That is a lie," he said. "Let me be clear: I have at all times conducted myself honorably, and in a manner consistent with the high standards of the office of Attorney General, which I revere."

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