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We'll challenge Mueller if he investigates old real estate deals — Trump attorney

14 Noviembre 2017

Last month, Special Counsel Robert Mueller III unsealed the indictments of former Trump campaign advisers Paul Manafort, Richard Gates and George Popadopoulos.

House Democrats will have an excellent opportunity to question Attorney General Jeff Sessions - again - about the Donald Trump campaign's contacts with Russia when he appears Tuesday before the House Judiciary Committee.

Those details complicate Sessions' effort to downplay knowledge of the campaign's foreign contacts, and Democratic lawmakers who already contended the attorney general had not been forthcoming with them have signaled that questions about the new revelations are likely to dominate what could otherwise have been a routine oversight hearing.

Republicans, for their part, may press Sessions on the Justice Department's handling of an investigation into Hillary Clinton's email practices as well as an Obama-era uranium deal that has invited GOP scrutiny.

John Hudak, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, said Democrats may be restraining themselves in order to convey an air of seriousness and nonpartisanship. Sessions had testified during his confirmation hearing in January that he "did not have any communications with the Russians".

WASHINGTON (AP) - Attorney General Jeff Sessions returns to Capitol Hill this week amid growing evidence of contacts between Russians and associates of President Donald Trump, bracing for an onslaught of lawmaker questions about how much he knew of that outreach during last year's White House campaign.

Meadows, who isn't a member of the Judiciary Committee, spoke last week about the Clinton matters on the House floor. He responded, "I did not - and I'm not aware of anyone else that did". He was part of a foreign policy council that Sessions chaired, and the two are among the men in a March 2016 photograph that Trump posted on social media.

"Democratic folks do not want to make common cause with those on the far-right who want to do damage to the special counsel", said Norm Eisen, the White House ethics czar under former President Barack Obama.

Gordon has also said that Papadopoulos went around him and Sessions and that they did not know he had continued to try to arrange such a meeting.

Sessions was asked in testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee in October if he believed any Trump campaign surrogates had communications with the Russians.

In early March, both Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., vehemently called for Sessions to step down following a Washington Post report that said Sessions met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak twice while he was a foreign policy adviser for the campaign.

Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores declined to comment Monday.

Page told the panel he had informed some members of the Trump campaign about the trip, including Sessions. Schumer's office pointed to an interview with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow on Nov. 2, in which he said Sessions needed to "come back" before Congress, but not that Sessions should resign.

We'll challenge Mueller if he investigates old real estate deals — Trump attorney