United States intelligence agencies have concluded that Moscow meddled in the 2016 election to help Republican Trump's campaign.
More broadly, though, the renewed scrutiny of Clinton and the foundation reflects a political score Trump has a stated interest in settling, at a time that he would like far less interest in his own campaign's contacts with Russian Federation.
In Page's testimony, he said he "mentioned [the meeting] briefly to Senator Sessions as I was walking out the door" of a dinner just days before his trip to Russian Federation. Many have wondered what Hillary has on the Attorney General.
Earlier this year, the department appointed a special counsel, the former F.B.I. director Robert S. Mueller III, to take over the government's investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election and the possible involvement of Trump campaign aides.
But while the Mueller-led special counsel team meanders, there is uncertainty about whether issues like the Uranium One deal and fusion Global Positioning System will receive a thorough investigation.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions told lawmakers that the Department of Justice is investigating 27 leaks of classified information. "Each of those are pretty special, factual situations", Sessions said, "and we will use the proper standards".
"I did not and I'm not aware of anyone else that did, and I don't believe it happened", Sessions said under questioning, again from Franken.
"I do now recall the March 2016 meeting at Trump Hotel that Mr. Papadopoulos attended, but I have no clear recollection of the details of what he said during that meeting", Sessions said.
According to a source familiar with the matter, Sessions shut down Papadopoulos' idea of engaging with Russian Federation, and the Trump administration has played down Papadopoulos' role in the campaign, saying he was nothing more than a low level volunteer.
Sessions has asked Justice Department prosecutors to decide if a special counsel should be appointed to investigate certain Republican concerns, including alleged wrongdoing by the Clinton Foundation and the sale of a uranium company to Russian Federation, according to media reports on Monday. The Justice Department made the announcement Monday in responding to concerns from Republican lawmakers. At his confirmation hearing to be attorney general, Sessions claimed he "did not have communications with the Russians" during the campaign.
"I cannot imagine my memory failing so much", she said.
The department's letter, dated November 13, is a direct response to July 27 and September 26 letters sent by the House Judiciary Committee chairman, Rep. Robert William Goodlatte (R., Va.), and other members of the committee.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017 in Washington. Having Trump's own deputies at the DOJ handle it means that any adverse finding about Hillary will be dismissed by the left as Trump running a banana-republic Justice Department that's carrying out his political vendettas.
Mrs. Clinton's campaign spokesman, Brian Fallon, has said suggestions they did were "baseless".