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Attorney general ‘ s personal lawyer says Fox News, that the meetings are not under the criminal investigation for lying to Congress about his Russia-contacts; chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge reports from Capitol Hill.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ longtime personal attorney said on Wednesday that the meetings are not the subject of a criminal investigation for allegedly perjuring himself during his hearing.
ABC News reported that the former FBI assistant Director Andrew McCabe had supervised the investigation, whether meetings “lacked openness,” when he testified before Congress about contacts with Russian agents during the 2016 presidential campaign.
“The Special Counsel’s Office has informed me that, after consultation with the attorney General and the conduct of additional tests, said the attorney General is not under investigation for false statements or perjury in his confirmation hearing testimony and the accompanying written proposals to the Congress,” attorney Chuck Cooper said in a statement.
Sources close to the meetings told Fox News that the attorney General had no idea he was maybe under investigation for perjury, if he fired McCabe last week.
ABC News reports that legislators from both parties, it was said that the meetings, it was examined during a closed-door briefing with McCabe and Deputy attorney Rod Rosenstein last year.
Justice Department officials told Fox News that they do not confirm the substance of the briefing was, but said it occurred in may of 2017 and “McCabe has the talk.”
A source familiar with the matter told Fox News that the practice of the FBI briefing Congress limited information about ongoing investigations, a practice started by the former Director, James Comey, was “strong.”
The dismissal of McCabe came before an inspector general report expected to conclude that McCabe was entitled to the disclosure of information to the media and was not forthcoming with the justice Department watchdog office, as it is the FBI handling the Hillary Clinton E-Mail investigation investigated.
A representative for McCabe declined to comment.
Meetings in the past year, announced that he would recuse himself from the surveillance of the FBI investigation into the relations between the Trump campaign and Russian officials. Rosenstein is responsible for the monitoring of the investigation, under the leadership of special counsel Robert Müller.
In January, sessions testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee that he had no “communication” with Russia during the campaign. However, he recused himself, after The Washington Post reported that he had spoken twice in the year 2016 to Sergey Kislyak, the Russian Ambassador in the USA Of this meeting came on the sidelines of the Republican National Convention.
At the time of his recusal, sessions denied that he had lied to the Senate judiciary Committee and defended his statement as “honest and correct.”
Fox News’ Samuel Chamberlain, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Jake Gibson is a producer working at Fox News Washington bureau, who issues the policy, law enforcement and intelligence.