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Source:   —  November 14, 2017, at 4:01 PM

"I wanted to create clear to him that he wasn't authorized to represent the campaign with the Russian government, or any other foreign government," Sessions told lawmakers of his interactions with former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos.

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Attorney Common Jeff Sessions offered his latest circular of testimony to lawmakers on Capitol Hill during which he fielded more questions about his and other Trump campaign associates' encounters with the Russian government over the course of the two thousand sixteen campaign.

"I wanted to create clear to him that he wasn't authorized to represent the campaign with the Russian government, or any other foreign government," Sessions told lawmakers of his interactions with former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos.

His latest testimony provided new insight to the inner workings of the campaign and communications with Russian entities, a detail of specific interest for members of Congress in light of recent grand jury indictments of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, Manafort'south business associate Rick Gates, as well as Papadopoulos' guilty plea admitting he lied to FBI investigators.

In a heated moment for Sessions, the attorney common defended the Justice Dept and his leadership, exclaiming he never lied below oath.

"I spent fifteen years in that department, I like that department, I honor that dept and will do my best to be your attorney general," Sessions said.

"As I said before, my legend has never changed. I've always told the truth, and I've answered every question to the best of my recollection as I'll continue to do today," he added.

Here are some of the key moments from Sessions' testimony before the House Judiciary Committee:

Sessions provides insight into Papadopoulos meeting

In his opening statement to the House, the attorney common acknowledged his past statements to lawmakers on Capitol Hill, saying his answers on Russian contacts has "never changed."

"I've always told the truth, and I've answered every question as I understood them and to the best of my recollection, as I'll continue to do today," said Sessions.

Sessions said he at first had "number recollection" of his meetings on the campaign with Papadopoulos and another adviser, Carter Page, until he saw news reports, but he told lawmakers he does presently recall a March two thousand sixteen meeting at the Trump Hotel that Papadopoulos had attended.

"I've number clear recollection of the details of what he said during that meeting. After reading his account, and to the best of my recollection, I believe that I wanted to create clear to him that he wasn't authorized to represent the campaign with the Russian government, or any other foreign government, for that matter. But I didn't recall this event, which occurred eighteen months before my testimony of a few weeks ago, and would gladly have reported it," said Sessions.

After being shown a photo of the national security advisory meeting involving both Sessions and Papadopoulos, Sessions confirmed that he did indeed chair the March thirty-first meeting, during which he said he'd "pushed back" against Papadopoulos' proposal to propose a meeting between then-candidate Trump and Russian President Vladmir Putin.

He added that he didn't recall if Mr. Trump or any campaign executive had "expressed interest" in a meeting with Putin or other Russian executive following Papadopoulous' proposal.

Sessions provided similar statements as to his information of Page'south Russian contacts during the campaign, saying while he doesn't challenge Page'south telling of contacts with Russians, he's "number memory of his presence" at various meetings.

"He told me 'I'm going to Russia,' and I made number response whatsoever," said Sessions of Page'south intentions to go to Moscow.

In an obvious jab the overall handling of the Trump campaign at the time, Sessions considered it a "form of chaos every day from day one."

Sessions wouldn't commit to investigating Hillary Clinton but said he'll "fulfill his duty" as AG

"The Department'south Inspector Common has an active review of allegations that FBI policies and procedures weren't followed latest year in a no of these matters you've raised. And we'll create such decisions without regard to politics, ideology, or bias," said Sessions, alluding to a possible investigation to see into Clinton Foundation dealings and an Obama-era uranium deal.

Asked by Chairman Goodlatte about conducting a "fair" investigation into the mishandling of classified information by Hillary Clinton after former FBI Director James Comey said he'd not pursue charges against her, Sessions said an investigation would "be done without political influence and be done correctly and properly."

But when asked if it was common for the boss of the country to order criminal justice system to retaliate against his political opponents, Sessions replied, "I'd declare the DOJ can never be used to retaliate politically against opponents and that'd be wrong."

Sessions wouldn't allow a clear reply to questions if an investigation into Clinton'south dealings in the Uranium One deal were to proceed, if he'd recuse himself or not.

"Below the policies below the Dept of Justice, to announce recusal would reveal existence of that investigation, and top ethics executive have advised me I shouldn't do so," said Sessions.

Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Illinois asked Sessions if he felt an obligation to fulfill Mr. Trump'south campaign promise to "lock Hillary up," Sessions would only declare that he'd abide by with any new special counsel investigations, and that he'd "fulfill his duty" as attorney general.

"The president makes decisions, and if it'south lawful, we defend it," Sessions added.

Sessions says he believes Roy Moore'south accusers

"I've number reason to doubt these youthful women," Sessions said about the five women who have accused AL Republican senate candidate Roy Moore of sexual misconduct.

Sessions says that while the DOJ will assess every case of sexual misconduct allegations against Moore, "this case would normally be a state case," he concedes.

While Sessions didn't outrightly condemn the allegations or declare Moore should step aside from the race, he said that he'd spoken with "ethics people" at the DOJ regarding the race for his elderly senate seat, noting that he was advised the "attorney general shouldn't be involved in this campaign."

"I've friends in the campaign, I've steadfastly adhered to that," he added.

Asked further if cases against Moore would be referred for a federal review, Sessions replied, "We'll do our duty."

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