VIDEO: U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal, a Democrat from Seattle, questions Attorney General Jeff Sessions over the Trump campaign's contacts with Russia.
U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal grilled Attorney General Jeff Sessions during a hearing Tuesday in the House Judiciary Committee, focused on Sessions’ shifting testimony about the Trump campaign’s contact with Russian government operatives during the 2016 election.
Like others on the committee, Jayapal, a Democrat elected last year in Washington’s 7th Congressional District, got five minutes to squeeze in as many questions as possible. She peppered Sessions over claims that he’d forgotten about contacts with Russians last year in previous testimony. Jayapal noted Sessions was an experienced legislator and a prosecutor.
“Would you instruct the attorneys who work for you at the Department of Justice to take at face value a defense of ‘I don’t recall?'” Jayapal asked.
Sessions replied: “If a person says they don’t recall, and has a justified reason for it, I certainly do.”
Jayapal also pressed Sessions on whether he agreed with recent comments by President Trump in which he derided some former U.S. intelligence officials as “political hacks.”