Nonetheless, the action follows a series of critical public statements by Trump that observers said blurred the bright line between the White House and the Justice Department. "And none of you had a part in the Trump campaign", Sessions said. The then-Alabama senator was the first U.S. senator to back Trump.
"I have not been improperly influenced and would not be improperly influenced", Mr. Sessions said.
On Monday, the head of the Justice Department's legislative affairs office responded to those requests by confirming that "senior federal prosecutors" were "evaluat [ing] certain issues raised in your letters". In March, Sessions released a statement recusing himself.
In terms of the CFIUS approval, Clinton has said she had nothing to do with it.
They see her alleged role as a scandal, particularly amid charges the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation in the 2016 presidential election. "Each of those are pretty special, factual situations", Sessions said, "and we will use the proper standards".
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Testimony before Congress has proved to be something of a thorn in Sessions's side. "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 ... That is a lie".
The department's letter, dated November 13, is a direct response to July 27 and September 26 letters sent by the House Judiciary Committee chairman, Rep. Robert William Goodlatte (R., Va.), and other members of the committee. He has also suggested at times that Sessions' job could be in jeopardy. Sessions referenced a perjury case of a young police officer he prosecuted even though the officer corrected the record later.
The dossier was just one of many dirty tricks Hillary Clinton's campaign used in an effort to undermine her opponent's campaign during the 2016 election cycle. "Before the Senate Judiciary Committee in October you stated under oath "I don't recall" in some form of fashion 29 times", Jeffries asked. "You're accusing me of lying about it?" After all, Mr. Comey wasn't Director of the Federal Bureau of Matters.
When asked previously about whether he believed surrogates from the Trump campaign had communications with the Russians, Sessions said, speaking before the House Judiciary Committee.
In recent weeks, unsealed court documents have called into question the attorney general's previous testimony about his interactions with Russians, and his knowledge of others' interactions, when he was an official with the Trump campaign. He then faced the Senate intelligence committee about the inconsistencies over the summer. He has "no clear recollection" of the March 2016 meeting where George Papadopoulos offered to set up a meeting between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin - but the attorney general does remember shooting down the campaign aide's unseemly suggestion. Trump has repeatedly voiced frustration about the Mueller probe and publicly criticized Sessions, stoking speculation he might be fired.