Sessions on Russia Contacts: 'My Story Has Never Changed, I've Always Told the Truth'
Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday testified before the House Judiciary Committee, facing questions about Russian meddling in the 2016 election and a possible Justice Department probe into the Clinton Foundation.
In his opening statement, Sessions, a Trump surrogate during the 2016 campaign, insisted that he never misled lawmakers about his meetings with Russian officials.
"All of you have been in campaigns. 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, I think, in many ways. But it was a form of chaos every day from day one. We traveled sometimes to several places in one day. Sleep was in short supply," Sessions said.
He said he's already spent nearly 20 hours testifying before Congress and he's 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.
"In all of my testimony, I can only do my best to answer 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," 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, which I revere. I spent 15 years in that department. I love that department. I honor that department and will do my dead-level best to be worthy of your attorney general," he continued.
"As I said before, my story has never changed. I've always told the truth, and I've answered every question to the best of my recollection and will continue to do today."
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