Al Franken: I think Jeff Sessions perjured himself during Senate confirmation hearing

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But to the best of his knowledge, he said, "I don't recall any such meetings".

He said Sessions should come before the committee again in order to explain what had happened.

And perhaps most importantly, as Rachel noted on the show last night, there are still some core questions that Sessions and his allies haven't answered in any meaningful way.

"It was not a gotcha question, sir", Franken shot back.

The poll comes as congressional lawmakers intensify their calls for an independent investigation into Russia's alleged involvement in the election.

While both of Maryland's democratic Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin support Rosenstein's nomination, they recommend an outside investigation into Russian tampering.

Rod Rosenstein made the statement on March 7 during his confirmation hearing before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. "He answered a question that he asked himself, which is, 'Did I meet with any Russians?' And he answered it falsely".

"If there were a need for a special counsel, [Boente] now has full authority to appoint one", Rosenstein told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Chuck Grassley, is expected to underscore the transparency and accountability failings of special counsel inquiries in his opening remarks. In 1973, Attorney General nominee Elliot Richardson agreed to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the Watergate scandal as a condition to his confirmation. Rosenstein is a career prosecutor who has served as US attorney for Maryland under Presidents George W. Bush and Obama. Senators on both sides of the aisle were quick to praise his credentials and his fairness. Her questions prompted Rosenstein to note that the former Attorney General Loretta Lynch and a current top department official have already declined calls for a special investigation. "But this is about more than just one individual". The integrity of the committee's work is now at stake, and its members owe themselves and the public nothing less than a thorough probe.

Republicans argued it was too soon to make a determination about a special prosecutor, with Grassley calling that request "premature at best".

Democrats are pushing for the investigation to be handled instead by an outside, specially appointed prosecutor, to avoid any potential political interference. And I'm unable to comment on it. Would he pledge to not shut down any probe on foreign interference into US elections and, if appropriate, would he release any conclusions from the investigation to the American public?

"Senator Franken, I'm not aware of any of those activities".

Though the event was small, it is unclear if Sessions and Kislyak spoke directly, and a spokeswoman for the attorney general did not respond immediately to questions about the event from The Huffington Post.

So, yesterday, Attorney General Sessions sent a letter defending what he told you during his confirmation hearing.

Pollsters also found more than half of those surveyed believe Sessions lied about speaking with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak at his January hearing.

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