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Jeff Sessions recalled: “I pushed back and said you shouldn't do it,” “So I don't think it is right to accuse me of doing something wrong” External link

WashingtonPostTuesday, November 14, 2017 11:37:00 PM CET

Jerrold Nadler asked (about Donald Trump): “So your testimony is that neither Donald Trump nor anyone else at the meeting expressed any interest in meeting the Russian president or any concerns about communications between the campaign and the Russians?” External link

nydailynewsTuesday, November 14, 2017 8:02:00 PM CET

Jeff Sessions said: "A president cannot improperly influence an investigation," External link

gainesvilleWednesday, November 15, 2017 12:30:00 AM CET

Jeff Sessions responded (about Donald Trump): "if there is any evidence that anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign communicated with the Russian government in the course of this campaign, what will you do?" External link

yourerieWednesday, November 15, 2017 8:53:00 AM CET

Jeff Sessions said: "I pushed back against his suggestion (of arranging a meeting between Trump and Russian officials) that I thought may have been improper," External link

azcentralWednesday, November 15, 2017 1:53:00 AM CET

Jeff Sessions said: “I do now recall the March 2016 meeting at Trump hotel that Mr. Papadopoulos attended, but I have no clear recollection of the details of what he said at that meeting,” “After reading his account, and to the best of my recollection, 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. But I did not recall this event, which occurred 18 months before my testimony of a few weeks ago, and I would gladly have reported it had I remembered it because I pushed back against his suggestion that I thought may have been improper” External link

huffingtonpost-us-enTuesday, November 14, 2017 5:05:00 PM CET

Jeff Sessions said (about Carter Page): “While I do not challenge (Page’s) recollection, I have no memory of his presence at a dinner at the Capitol Hill Club or any passing conversation he may have had with me,” External link

hiawathaworldonlineTuesday, November 14, 2017 8:04:00 PM CET

Jeff Sessions said: “I’m not aware of it,” External link

thegrioWednesday, November 15, 2017 3:26:00 PM CET

Jeff Sessions asked: “Am I supposed to stop him from taking a trip?” External link

news-yahooTuesday, November 14, 2017 11:45:00 PM CET

Jeff Sessions said: "After reading his account, and to the best of my recollection, 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," External link

news-yahooTuesday, November 14, 2017 8:16:00 PM CET

Jeff Sessions said: “I have no reason to doubt these young women,” External link

bostonheraldWednesday, November 15, 2017 9:43:00 AM CET

Jeff Sessions said: “I had no recollection of this meeting until I saw these news reports,” External link

news-yahooTuesday, November 14, 2017 8:44:00 PM CET

Jeff Sessions testified: "I believe I made clear to him that he should not represent the campaign to Russians or anyone else" "I pushed back against his suggestion that I thought may have been improper," External link

tcpalmWednesday, November 15, 2017 2:02:00 AM CET

Jeff Sessions said: "I have always told the truth, and I have answered every question as I understood them and to the best of my recollection, as I will continue to do today," External link

CBSnewsTuesday, November 14, 2017 10:06:00 PM CET

Jeff Sessions told (about Carter Page): “You’re saying Mr. Carter Page, who left that meeting, according to the press reports, and I guess his deposition or interview, has been reported as saying, ‘I’m going to Russia.’ I made no response to him, didn’t acknowledge it, and you’re accusing me of lying about that?” External link

washingtonexaminerTuesday, November 14, 2017 8:29:00 PM CET

Jeff Sessions conceded: “I should be able to give you better information today than I am,” External link

mycentraloregonWednesday, November 15, 2017 7:19:00 AM CET

Mark Corallo said: "Unfortunately, the attorney general is still paying a price for that," "I think he will acquit himself well, but Republicans don't always tend to be supportive of their own" External link

azcentralTuesday, November 14, 2017 12:39:00 PM CET

Jeff Sessions told: "I will not accept and reject accusations that I have ever lied under oath. That is a lie," External link

kremTuesday, November 14, 2017 5:26:00 PM CET

Jeff Sessions told: "After reading his account and to the best of my recollection," External link

gainesvilleWednesday, November 15, 2017 12:30:00 AM CET

John Conyers said: "I hope the attorney general can provide some clarification on this problem in his remarks today," External link

arkansasonlineWednesday, November 15, 2017 11:50:00 AM CET

Jeff Sessions told: "I have never met with or had any conversation with any Russians or any foreign officials concerning any type of interference with any campaign or election in the United States," External link

yourerieWednesday, November 15, 2017 8:53:00 AM CET

Phil Johnston said: “It was a bizarre and murderous rampage,” External link

680newsWednesday, November 15, 2017 6:28:00 AM CET

Jeff Sessions said: “I did not and I’m not aware of anyone else that did, and I don’t believe it happened,” External link

wsfaTuesday, November 14, 2017 11:46:00 AM CET

Jeff Sessions said: "I had no recollection of this meeting with Mr. Papadopoulos until I saw news reports," External link

azcentralWednesday, November 15, 2017 1:53:00 AM CET

Jeff Sessions replied (about Donald Trump): "You don't believe that surrogates from the Trump campaign had communications with the Russians? Is that what you're saying?" External link

yourerieWednesday, November 15, 2017 8:53:00 AM CET

Jeff Sessions said: “I certainly didn’t mean I’d never met a Russian in the history of my life,” External link

news-yahooTuesday, November 14, 2017 11:45:00 PM CET

Jeff Sessions said: “We were not a very effective group, really,” External link

news-yahooTuesday, November 14, 2017 11:45:00 PM CET

Jeff Sessions said: "In all of my testimony, I can only do my best to answer all of your questions as I understand them and to the best of my memory," "But I will not accept, and reject, accusations that I have ever lied. That is a lie" External link

news-amWednesday, November 15, 2017 8:01:00 AM CET

Jeff Sessions said: “It was a brilliant campaign, I think, in many ways, but it was a form of chaos every day from day one,” External link

vindyWednesday, November 15, 2017 6:38:00 AM CET

Jeff 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 some times to several places in one day. Sleep was in short supply and I was still a full-time senator ... with a very full schedule" External link

gainesvilleWednesday, November 15, 2017 12:30:00 AM CET

Jeff Sessions added: "The president makes decisions, and if it's lawful, we defend it," External link

CBSnewsTuesday, November 14, 2017 10:06:00 PM CET

Jeff Sessions claimed: "did you take any steps to prevent further outreach to the Russians?" External link

wnTuesday, November 14, 2017 8:56:00 PM CET

Jeff Sessions said: “I have been asked to remember details from a year ago, such as who I saw on what day, in what meeting, and who said what when,” “As I said before, my story has never changed. I have always told the truth, and I have answered every question to the best of my recollection as I will continue to do today” External link

washingtonexaminerTuesday, November 14, 2017 5:28:00 PM CET

Eric Swalwell said: “He misled the Senate and there continues to be questions about what he knew with respect to campaign team members talking to the Russians and in seeking follow-up correspondence between the president and Putin,” External link

marketwatchTuesday, November 14, 2017 1:02:00 PM CET

Hakeem Jeffries asked: "Do you still believe that the intentional failure to remember can constitute a criminal act?" External link

WashingtonPostWednesday, November 15, 2017 1:08:00 PM CET

Jeff Sessions responded: "If it's an act to deceive," External link

WashingtonPostWednesday, November 15, 2017 1:08:00 PM CET

Jeff Sessions said: “I do now recall that the March 2016 meeting at the Trump hotel that Mr. Papadopoulos attended, but I have no clear recollection of the details of what he said that meeting,” External link

yourerieWednesday, November 15, 2017 8:53:00 AM CET

Jeff Sessions told: “In all of my testimony, I can only do my best to answer all of your questions as I understand them and to the best of my memory,” External link

gainesvilleWednesday, November 15, 2017 12:30:00 AM CET

Jeff Sessions replied: "I don't recall, and do not believe, that I communicated that information" External link

wnTuesday, November 14, 2017 8:56:00 PM CET

Andy Biggs said: "We must have an unbiased, independent special counsel to investigate the matters we have raised. We have spent long enough on meaningless evaluations and empty promises," External link

globalsecurityWednesday, November 15, 2017 4:11:00 AM CET

Donald Trump said: "I'm really not involved with the Justice Department," External link

azcentralTuesday, November 14, 2017 12:39:00 PM CET

Jeff Sessions responded: “I would say ‘looks like’ is not enough basis to appoint a special counsel,” External link

washtimesWednesday, November 15, 2017 3:56:00 AM CET

Jeff Sessions said: “Let me be clear: I have at all times conducted myself honorably and in a manner consistent with the high standards and responsibilities of the office of attorney general,” “As I said before, my story has never changed. I have always told the truth, and I have answered every question to the best of my recollection as I will continue to do today” External link

hiawathaworldonlineTuesday, November 14, 2017 8:04:00 PM CET

Jeff Sessions said: “It would take a factual basis that meets the standards of the appointment of a special counsel,” External link

mycentraloregonWednesday, November 15, 2017 7:19:00 AM CET

Jeff Sessions said: "I certainly didn't mean I hadn't met a Russian in my life," External link

arkansasonlineWednesday, November 15, 2017 11:50:00 AM CET

Patrick Leahy said: “It is equally clear that the attorney general concealed his own contacts with Russian officials, and he has failed to correct the record even when given multiple opportunities to do so,” External link

denverpostTuesday, November 14, 2017 4:21:00 PM CET

Jeff Sessions replied: "He told you he was going to Russia. He was on the (Trump campaign's) national security team. You didn't tell him not to go?" External link

azcentralWednesday, November 15, 2017 1:53:00 AM CET

Jim Jordan said: “It sure looks like the FBI was paying the author of that document, and it sure looks like a major political party was working with the federal government to turn an opposition research document into an intelligence document. To take that to the FISA court so that they can get a warrant to spy on Americans associated with President Trump ’s campaign, that’s what it looks like,” External link

washtimesWednesday, November 15, 2017 3:56:00 AM CET

Jeff Sessions admits: “Attorney General Jeff Sessions maintained Tuesday that he has ‘always told the truth,’ refuting before House lawmakers reports that he may have lied about meetings with Trump campaign officials regarding contact with Russian officials. Sessions seemed keen early on in testimony before the House Judiciary Committee to address fresh reports that he failed to disclose in prior testimony debriefings former Trump campaign officials George Papadopoulos and Carter Page gave after meeting with Russian operatives. ‘I do now recall the March 2016 meeting at Trump Hotel that Mr. Papadopoulos attended, but I have no clear recollection of the details of what he said during that meeting,’ Sessions said. ‘After reading his account, and to the best of my recollection, 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.’” External link

foxnewsTuesday, November 14, 2017 10:22:00 PM CET

Jeff Sessions said (about Donald Trump): "I was asked to lead, inform and find some people who would join and meet with Mr. Trump and give him advice and support regarding foreign policy," External link

wnTuesday, November 14, 2017 8:56:00 PM CET

Alberto Gonzales said: “It’s a tough place to be,” External link

azcentralTuesday, November 14, 2017 12:39:00 PM CET

Jeff Sessions said: "I have at all times conducted myself honorably ... I've always told the truth," External link

kremTuesday, November 14, 2017 5:26:00 PM CET

Jeff Sessions replied: "Did anybody in the campaign, did you ever overhear a conversation between you and anybody on the campaign who talked about meeting with the Russians?" External link

yourerieWednesday, November 15, 2017 8:53:00 AM CET

Jeff Sessions snapped: "Does that (conversation with Page) establish some sort of improper contact with Russians?" "He's not Russian, you know" External link

azcentralWednesday, November 15, 2017 1:53:00 AM CET

Stephen Boyd wrote: "These senior prosecutors will report directly to the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, as appropriate, and will make recommendations as to whether any matters not currently under investigation should be opened, whether any matters currently under investigation require further resources, or whether any matters merit the appointment of a Special Counsel," External link

kremTuesday, November 14, 2017 5:26:00 PM CET

Jeff Sessions told: “When asked about whether I had any meetings with Russians by the reporter in March, we immediately recalled the conversation and the encounter I had at the convention and the meeting in my office and made that public,” External link

WashingtonPostTuesday, November 14, 2017 11:37:00 PM CET

Jeff Sessions claimed: "I pushed back at the meeting... I don't believe I had any knowledge of any further contacts and I was not in regular contact with Mr. Papadopoulos. Nadler also questioned if " External link

wnTuesday, November 14, 2017 8:56:00 PM CET

Jeff Sessions said: "He told me 'I'm going to Russia,' and I made no response whatsoever," External link

CBSnewsTuesday, November 14, 2017 10:06:00 PM CET

Jeff Sessions said: “The Department of Justice can never be used to retaliate politically against opponents, and that would be wrong,” External link

mycentraloregonWednesday, November 15, 2017 7:19:00 AM CET

Jeff Sessions said: “All of you have been in a campaign. But most of you have not participated in a presidential campaign. And none of you had a part in the Trump campaign,” “It was a brilliant campaign in many ways. But it was a form of chaos every day from day one. We travelled all the time, sometimes to several places in one day. Sleep was in short supply. And I was still a full-time Senator keeping a very full schedule during this time” External link

dailycallerTuesday, November 14, 2017 5:13:00 PM CET

Jeff Sessions testified: “I would like to address recent news reports regarding meetings during the campaign attended by George Papadopoulos and Carter Page, among others. Frankly, I had no recollection of this until I saw these news reports,” External link

hiawathaworldonlineTuesday, November 14, 2017 8:04:00 PM CET

Jeff Sessions said: “I pushed back, I’ll just say it that way,” External link

syracuseTuesday, November 14, 2017 6:50:00 PM CET

Jeff Sessions said: "I spent 15 years in that department, I love that department, I honor that department and will do my best to be your attorney general," "As I said before, my story has never changed. I have always told the truth, and I have answered every question to the best of my recollection as I will continue to do today," External link

CBSnewsTuesday, November 14, 2017 10:06:00 PM CET

Al Franken asked (about Donald Trump): "You don't believe that surrogates from the Trump campaign had communications with the Russians? Is that what you're saying?" External link

yourerieWednesday, November 15, 2017 8:53:00 AM CET

Jeff Sessions said: “No, I didn’t tell him not to go to Russia,” External link

washtimesWednesday, November 15, 2017 3:56:00 AM CET

Jeff Sessions told: “I would like to address the false charges made about my previous testimony,” External link

hiawathaworldonlineTuesday, November 14, 2017 8:04:00 PM CET

Jeff Sessions said: "The Department's Inspector General has an active review of allegations that FBI policies and procedures were not followed last year in a number of these matters you have raised. And we will make such decisions without regard to politics, ideology, or bias," External link

CBSnewsTuesday, November 14, 2017 10:06:00 PM CET

Jeff Sessions said: “Mr. Jeffries, nobody, not you or anyone else, should be prosecuted, not me, or accused of perjury for answering the questions the way I did in this hearing,” “I’ve always tried to answer the questions accurately” External link

washtimesWednesday, November 15, 2017 3:56:00 AM CET

Jeff Sessions said: "Under the policies under the Department of Justice, to announce recusal would reveal existence of that investigation, and top ethics officials have advised me I should not do so," External link

CBSnewsTuesday, November 14, 2017 10:06:00 PM CET

Jeff Sessions told: "After reading his account, and to the best of my recollection, 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. “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”. Papadopoulos recently pleaded guilty to making false statements as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling and potential collusion with Trump campaign associates. Sessions testified at the Senate Judiciary Committee last month, and testified that he had no knowledge of any contacts between the Trump campaign and Russia. “I did not, and I’m not aware of anyone else that did, and I don’t believe it happened,” Sessions said in his former testimony. But according to released testimony to the House Intelligence Committee by former Trump foreign policy adviser Carter Page, Page met with Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich in July 2016 at an event in Moscow and briefed the campaign before and after the trip. In Page’s testimony, he said he “mentioned [the meeting] briefly to Senator Sessions as I was walking out the door” of a dinner just days before his trip to Russia. Sessions said he did “not challenge” Page’s recollection, but said he had “no memory” of his presence at a dinner or “any passing conversation he may have had with me as he left”. “All of you have been in a campaign," External link

foxnewsTuesday, November 14, 2017 5:48:00 PM CET

Mitch McConnell said: “He’s obviously not fit to be in the United States Senate and we’ve looked at all the options to try to prevent that from happening,” External link

680newsWednesday, November 15, 2017 6:28:00 AM CET

Carter Page testified (about Jeff Sessions): "I mentioned it briefly to Senator Sessions as I was walking out the door (of the Capitol Hill Club for Republicans)," "I forget the exact date, but it was the Thursday night before I flew to Moscow to give my speech. So I mentioned it to him in passing ... as we were walking out the door" External link

kremTuesday, November 14, 2017 5:26:00 PM CET

Jeff Sessions added: "I remember the pushback. I remember that he suggested an ability to negotiate with Russians or others, and I thought he had no ability, or it would not be appropriate for him to do so" External link

WashingtonPostWednesday, November 15, 2017 1:08:00 PM CET

Jerrold Nadler asked (about Donald Trump): “After the meeting did you take any further steps to prevent Trump campaign officials and advisors or employees from further outreach to the Russians after you stopped it or pushed back at that meeting?” External link

thegrioWednesday, November 15, 2017 3:26:00 PM CET

Jeff Sessions said: "I have directed senior federal prosecutors to make recommendations as to whether any matters not currently under investigation should be opened, whether any matters currently under investigation require further resources, or whether any matters merit the appointment of a special counsel," External link

tcpalmWednesday, November 15, 2017 2:02:00 AM CET

Alberto Gonzales said: “If there are discrepancies or inconsistencies, some may think you are trying to hide something when in fact you were just confused,” External link

azcentralTuesday, November 14, 2017 12:39:00 PM CET

Jeff Sessions told: “I have always told the truth,” External link

bendbulletinWednesday, November 15, 2017 8:56:00 AM CET

Jeff Sessions said: "Mr. Page said that after the meeting was over, he said he was going to Russia and I had no response," "I don't think that means I've done anything dishonest" External link

azcentralWednesday, November 15, 2017 1:53:00 AM CET

Bob Goodlatte said: "You clearly understand that the department you lead must have the confidence of the American people, even when your decisions are not always well received," External link

oregonliveTuesday, November 14, 2017 7:30:00 PM CET

Jeff Sessions said: “I have not been improperly influenced and would not be improperly influenced,” “The president speaks his mind. He is bold and direct about what he says. We do our duty every day based on the facts” External link

washtimesWednesday, November 15, 2017 3:56:00 AM CET

Jeff Sessions said: "We will use the proper standards and that’s the only thing I can tell you, Mr. Jordan," "You can have your idea but sometimes we have to study what the facts are and to evaluate whether it meets the standards it requires" External link

zerohedgeTuesday, November 14, 2017 8:05:00 PM CET

John Conyers said: “The attorney general must have been very much aware of a continuing exchange of information between the Trump campaign and the Russian government,” External link

politicoTuesday, November 14, 2017 6:04:00 PM CET

Jeff Sessions said: “I guess he can say it’s free speech, he can’t be sued here,” External link

news-yahooTuesday, November 14, 2017 11:45:00 PM CET

Jeff Sessions said (about Donald Trump): “I never had meetings with Russian operatives or Russian intermediaries about the Trump campaign,” External link

presstvTuesday, November 14, 2017 9:36:00 PM CET

Mark Corallo said (about Jeff Sessions): "The president grades his Cabinet members on public appearances, and I think you can expect Attorney General Sessions' performance to be intensely scrutinized by the president and others at the White House," External link

azcentralTuesday, November 14, 2017 12:39:00 PM CET

John Conyers said (about Richard Nixon): “When Richard Nixon spoke about us this way at least he had the decency to do it behind closed doors,” External link

theatlanticTuesday, November 14, 2017 10:06:00 PM CET

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  • Conservative columnist: Has Jeff Sessions got the world's worst memory, or what? | Opinion
  • Sessions denies lying on Russia, pleads hazy memory
  • Sessions blames fuzzy memory for testimony on Russia contacts
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  • Sessions denies lying to Congress about Russia
  • Sessions recalls Trump-Russia campaign discussion
  • Sessions denies lying on Russia

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