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Sessions Defends His Reputation in First House Testimony
“I will not accept, and reject accusations I have ever lied”

Attorney General Jeff Sessions arrives to testify before a House Judiciary hearing Tuesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Attorney General Jeff Sessions vigorously defended himself Tuesday against “false charges” that he was untruthful in previous testimony about his role in Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and any connections to Russian operatives.

“I will not accept, and reject accusations I have ever lied,” Sessions told the House Judiciary Committee during an oversight hearing stretching for five-and-a-half hours. “That is a lie.”

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Trump on Putin Election Meddling Denials: He ‘Means It’
Chinese President Xi Jinping described as ‘more powerful’ than Mao Zedong

Chinese and U.S. flags are displayed in front of the portrait of China’s late communist leader Mao Zedong outside the Forbidden City in Beijing during President Donald Trump’s visit. Trump described Chinese President Xi Jinping as “more powerful” than Mao. (Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump said Saturday he believes Russian President Vladimir Putin “means it” when he denies meddling in last year’s U.S. presidential election. He also said Chinese President Xi Jinping is “more powerful” than Mao Zedong, one of the most influential figures of the 20th century.

Trump said he again asked Putin on the sidelines of a summit of powerful Pacific Rim countries if Russia meddled in the election. Putin again denied it — but the president did not tell reporters traveling with him aboard Air Force One if he warned Putin to cease such tactics.

Report: Mueller Probing Rohrabacher’s Meeting with Flynn
Rohrabacher received repeated criticism for pro-Russian stances

UNITED STATES — NOVEMBER 1: Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., arrives for the House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on “An Insider’s Look at the North Korean Regime” on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III is reportedly probing into a meeting California Rep. Dana Rohrabacher had with former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, according to NBC.

Rohrabacher, a Republican, is frequently referred to as Russian President Vladimir Putin’s favorite congressman because of his support for a stronger partnership between Russia and the United States.

Coons: Why Was Prosecutor Close to Russia Investigations Muscled Out?
Former acting attorney general was asked to resign from DOJ days before Manafort indictments

Dana Boente, who was U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, was heavily involved in the transition at the Justice Department as the Trump administration was transitioning in . ( Mark Wilson/Getty Images file photo)

Sen. Chris Coons has questions for the Justice Department after the pending forced resignation of a top U.S. attorney who played a pivotal role early in the Trump administration and initial probes into the ties between the president's campaign and Russia.

Dana Boente, the U.S. Attorney for the important Eastern District of Virginia, was asked to quit in late October by attorney general Jeff Sessions.

Comey Drops His Cover on Twitter
Former FBI director drops Niebuhr on Twitter and emerges as @comey as he promotes book

Former FBI Director James Comey testifies before a Senate Select Intelligence Committee hearing on Russian interference in the 2016 election on June 8, 2017. (By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former FBI Director James B. Comey is no longer using Reinhold Neibuhr for cover, making his Twitter account official as he promotes his book.

The website Gizmodo discovered earlier this year while Comey was still FBI director, that he had a Twitter account with the handle @ProjectExile7 under the moniker Reinhold Niebuhr. Comey had written his college thesis about the theologian.

House Republicans Call for Mueller to Resign From Special Counsel
Three GOP lawmakers submit resolution

Former FBI director Robert Mueller is special counsel of the investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Three House Republicans submitted a resolution Friday calling for Robert S. Mueller III to step down as special counsel of the investigation into ties between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia.

Reps. Matt Gaetz of Florida, Arizona’s Andy Biggs, and Texas’ Louie Gohmert introduced the resolution four days after investigators indicted former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and two other former aides to the president.

Gohmert Claims Mueller Compromised National Security as FBI Director
Texas Republican says Mueller scrapped training materials about 'radical Islamists'

Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, accused special counsel Robert Mueller of undermining U.S. national security during his time as head of the FBI. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Louie Gohmert accused special counsel Robert Mueller of undermining national security while Mueller was head of the FBI.

The Texas Republican alleged Mueller “purged the training materials for the FBI of anything that offended the radical Islamists.”