The Latest: Attorney general facing committee interview
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on congressional investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election (all times local):
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has arrived on Capitol Hill for a closed-door interview by a House committee investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election.
The House Intelligence Committee session comes amid lawmaker interest in Sessions’ knowledge about contacts between Russians and Donald Trump’s campaign, and as well as Sessions’ own contacts.
Sessions told a different House committee this month in an open hearing that sleep deprivation and the “chaos” of the Trump campaign clouded his recollections of contacts with Russians.
At his January confirmation hearing, the former Alabama senator said he “did not have communications” with the Russians during the campaign and that he was “unaware” of contacts between others in the campaign and Russia. But he later acknowledged two previously undisclosed encounters with the Russian ambassador in Washington.
A longtime friend of President Donald Trump says a New York radio host “merely confirmed” to him last year that Wikileaks founder Julian Assange (ah-SAHNJ’) had emails he planned to release about Hillary Clinton.
Trump friend Roger Stone initially resisted telling the House Intelligence Committee the identity of the intermediary he says he used to communicate with Assange during the campaign. Stone now says the intermediary was radio host Randy Credico.
Stone tells the Associated Press that Credico verified for him “what Assange had said publicly.”
U.S. intelligence agencies have identified Assange as a pass-through for Russian intelligence and an asset used by Russian President Vladimir Putin during the 2016 American elections.
Stone and Credico dispute that assertion.