WASHINGTON- Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday fought back against claims that he had not been truthful when previously stating under oath that he had no knowledge of communication between members of the Trump campaign and Russian officials.
“My answers have not changed. I’ve always told the truth. And I have answered every question as I’ve understood it to the best of my recollection,” Sessions told the House Judiciary Committee.
Sessions’ testimony comes just weeks after Special Counsel Robert Mueller III unsealed the indictments of former Trump campaign advisers Paul Manafort, Richard Gates and George Papadopoulos.
Manafort and Gates pleaded not guilty to a 12-count indictment that includes charges of conspiracy, money laundering and making false statements in connection with their business association with entities tied to the former pro-Russian Ukrainian government of Viktor Yanukovych.
Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI about communications he had had with Russian contacts while a member of the Trump campaign.
Last week, former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page privately told the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence that he had given Sessions advanced notice of a July 2016 trip to Moscow.
Sessions told the committee that he “had no recollection” of the Papadopoulos and Page meetings with Russian officials until reading about them in news reports.
Sessions in March recused himself from the Justice Department’s investigation into allegations of collusion between members of the Trump campaign and Russian officials following reports that he had twice met with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak prior to the 2016 presidential election.