Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified before a House panel Tuesday, with Democrats grilling him on Russia's role in the campaign and Republicans pressing him to go after Hillary Clinton. The Russian angle has been a thorn for Sessions because he previously testified under oath that he knew of no contacts between the Trump campaign and Russian officials, but that has since been called into question, most recently by former campaign adviser George Papadopoulos. The latter told Bob Mueller that he once boasted at a meeting attended by Sessions and President Trump of his Russian contacts and offered to arrange a Trump meeting with Vladimir Putin. Sessions clarified on that point and others:
- That meeting: "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 said, adding that news reports jogged his memory. He said that while the details are hazy, he "pushed back" on Papadopoulos' offer to set up a meeting, reports the Washington Post.
- Never lied: Sessions adamantly rejected the notion that he's been untruthful at any point in his various testimonies. "I have answered every question as I understood them and to the best of my recollection," he said, per CNN. "I will not accept and reject accusations that I have ever lied under oath. That is a lie."