Did Sessions break the law by denying knowledge of Russian Federation contacts?

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They see her alleged role as a scandal, particularly amid charges the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation in the 2016 presidential election.

But in this case Franken asked a straightforward question and the response Sessions gave was misleading, Gershman said.

The question stemmed from news Monday night that Sessions had asked senior aides to determine if the department should probe an Obama administration decision that allowed Russian Federation to acquire a financial interest in US uranium supplies.

Some Republicans, including President Donald Trump, have claimed - without providing evidence - that Russian interests sought to donate to the Clinton Foundation in a bid to persuade Clinton to support the deal.

Sessions had said during his January Senate confirmation hearing that he was unaware of communications between the campaign and Russian Federation.

"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", Sessions explained.

"I believe that I wanted to make clear that he wasn't authorized to represent the campaign with the Russian government, or any other foreign government, for that matter", he testified. That letter informed members that federal prosecutors are looking into whether a special counsel should be appointed to investigate Hillary Clinton.

"Attorney General Sessions has misrepresented the truth ... time and time again", Al Franken, a Democratic Senate Judiciary Committee member, said on the Senate floor on Monday.

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"I'm really not involved with the Justice Department", Trump told reporters earlier this month.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions told lawmakers that the Department of Justice is investigating 27 leaks of classified information.

PolitiFact found that the majority of the donations from individuals related to Uranium One and UrAsia were made before and during Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign - but before she became secretary of state.

He said he didn't originally recall a conversation with ex-Trump aide George Papadopoulos, who recently revealed he told Sessions he was visiting Russian Federation during the campaign.

Sessions testified that he now remembers the meeting Papadopoulos, but his memory about conversations is limited.

"I would say it is improper to influence - ah - it would be - a president can not improperly influence and investigation, and I have not been improperly influenced and would not be improperly influenced", Sessions continued. Sessions asked with a slight smirk.

Meanwhile, the Senate Judiciary Committee is planning a Tuesday interview with a Russian-American lobbyist who attended a campaign meeting a year ago with Trump's son, according to a person familiar with the interview.

The Justice Department sought to address those concerns in its letter, with Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd saying that the department "will never evaluate any matter except on the facts and the law".