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Attorney General Jeff Sessions could face heat from both sides of the aisle in a widely anticipated appearance before House lawmakers just hours after revealing he has ordered top prosecutors to look into "certain issues" involving the Clinton Foundation and the controversial sale of American uranium interests to Russia.
Committee members had pressed Sessions to appoint a special counsel to look into alleged wrongdoing by the Clinton Foundation and the possibly related sale of Uranium One to a Russian company.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions offered his latest round 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 2016 campaign.
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 31st meeting, during which he said he had "pushed back" against Papadopoulos' offer 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 officials had "expressed interest" in a meeting with Putin or other Russian officials following Papadopoulous' proposal.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions, in a raised voice and defiant tone, strongly defended himself Tuesday against allegations that he had misled members of Congress about his knowledge of communications between Russians and associates of President Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign.
The oversight hearing came one day after the Justice Department said Sessions had directed federal prosecutors to look into whether a special counsel might be merited to investigate allegations that the Clinton Foundation benefited from an Obama-era uranium transaction involving a Russia-backed company.