WASHINGTON — Attorney General Jeff Sessions angrily rebutted House Democrats’ suggestion that he had perjured himself in congressional testimony and on an application form for security clearance on Tuesday.
“I will not accept and reject accusations that I have ever lied under oath,” Sessions said, visibly angry. “That is a lie.”
Sessions testified under oath before the House Judiciary Committee in October that he was not aware of any Trump campaign official having contact with Russian government officials. Special prosecutor Robert Mueller’s investigation recently revealed that at least one campaign adviser, George Papadopoulos, had contact with Russians and informed Sessions of that. On Tuesday, the attorney general testified that he now recalls Papadopoulos suggesting a meeting between President Trump and high-ranking Russian officials during a Trump campaign roundtable in March of last year. Sessions said he remembered Papadopoulos suggesting that meeting “after having read the newspaper.”
“After reading his account, and to the best of my recollection, I believe that I wanted to make clear to him that he was not authorized to represent the campaign with the Russian government, or any other foreign government, for that matter,” Sessions said.
Democratic lawmakers grilled Sessions for having to correct his sworn testimony for the second time. Earlier, Sessions failed to disclose his contacts with the Russian ambassador to the United States on an application for security clearance and in testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee in January.
“Either you’re lying to the U.S. Senate or you’re lying to the House of Representatives,” said Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif.
Sessions blamed his executive assistant for informing him he did not have to disclose official meetings with representatives of foreign governments on his security clearance application as a member of Congress. He also again said his initial denials of meetings with…