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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in the Capitol.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in the Capitol. (Associated Press)

Senate Republicans will add a partial Obamacare repeal to their tax plan, using the revenues gained to further lower tax rates for the middle class.

Republicans announced the decision Tuesday after their policy lunch, saying they had widespread support among the Senate GOP for the proposal. A revised bill, which would do away with the Affordable Care Act's mandate that all Americans carry insurance, was expected to be released later Tuesday.

"We're optimistic," said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

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Atty. Gen.  Jeff Sessions said Tuesday that he did nothing wrong when he did not respond to an announcement by Carter Page, a Trump campaign aide, that he planned to go to Russia during the heart of the 2016 campaign.

Questioned by Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin), about meetings with campaign advisors Page and George Papadopoulos, Sessions acknowledged that Page told him about his travel plans after a meeting at the Capitol Hill Club.

“I made no response,” Sessions said. “What does that mean? I don’t think it means I’ve done anything dishonest.”


U.S. Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions angrily denounced accusations that he had intentionally misled members of Congress about any Russian interference in the presidential campaign.

"Mr. Jeffries, nobody, not you or anyone else, should be prosecuted ... nor accused of perjury for answering the questions the way I did in that hearing," Sessions said after Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, a Democrat from New York, reminded him that he had once bragged of prosecuting a police officer for making false statements that he later corrected.

Sessions said that when former Trump campaign aide Carter Page mentioned that he was traveling to Russia, "I made no response to it."

While Russia has garnered most of the attention in Tuesday's House Judiciary Committee hearing, Democrats also have questioned the Justice Department's treatment of African Americans.

When Democrats repeatedly raised questions about voter identification laws, which critics argue disenfranchise black and Latino voters, Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions defended the use of such laws as appropriate.

He also defended the department's record in prosecuting drug sellers. Democrats, and some Republicans, have long argued that prosecutors have been far tougher on African Americans accused in drug crimes than white Americans.

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Democrats asking questions of Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions during the House Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday often used their five minutes of time to raise the specter of President Trump interfering in the special counsel's investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 election.

Rep. Ted Deutch of Florida repeatedly asked Sessions whether Trump had the power to pardon any of those allegedly involved in Russia's meddling in the election. He cited as possible beneficiaries both former aides and family members, including Donald Trump Jr.

After repeatedly saying he "was not able to express an opinion," Sessions eventually said that Trump did have the option of pardoning.


Rep. Jim Jordan tells Atty. General Jeff Sessions it "looks like" there's enough evidence to appoint a special counsel to investigate Hillary Clinton.

"'Looks like' is not enough basis to appoint a special counsel," Sessions replied.

An hour and a half into the House Judiciary Committee hearing with Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions it became very clear that not only Democrats were irked at him.

In an angry series of questions, Rep. Jim Jordan, a conservative Republican from Ohio, demanded to know why the Justice Department has not named a special prosecutor to investigate actions by Hillary Clinton and former FBI Director James Comey.

"What's it going to take to get a special counsel?" Jordan asked repeatedly. He cited leaks about a dossier gathered by a former British intelligence officer and paid for in part by Democrats and the FBI.

At a hearing with the House Judiciary Committee, Sessions said he has not been improperly influenced by the president.
Asked whether he believed the women accusing Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexual misconduct, Atty. General Jeff Sessions said he had "no reason to doubt these young women."

The contentious race for a U.S. Senate seat in Alabama surfaced in the House Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday when Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions was asked whether he believed the women who have alleged improper acts by the Republican nominee, Roy Moore.

"I have no reason to doubt these young women," Sessions said of those who have accused Moore of harassing or touching them when he was in his 30s and they were teenagers.

Moore is seeking a seat Sessions held for four terms before he was confirmed as attorney general earlier this year. Moore defeated Sessions' appointed replacement, Sen. Luther Strange, in the Republican primary.

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Minutes after he blamed conflicting testimony on his inability to recall events that took place more than a year ago, Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions did recall making an effort to distance the campaign from contacts with Russia.

He did not recall much about two meetings at which Russia was discussed,  "to the best of my recollection," Session said.

But he offered an explicit memory of brushing back one campaign aide, George Papadopoulos, who had suggested reaching out to Russia.

Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore speaks Saturday in Vestavia Hills, Ala. (Hal Yeager / Associated Press)
Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore speaks Saturday in Vestavia Hills, Ala. (Hal Yeager / Associated Press)

Amid new allegations that Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore molested teenage girls decades ago, Republican leaders intensified their calls Monday for him to quit the race, even threatening to expel Moore if he wins.

The accusations against Moore have thrown the GOP into a crisis, splintering the party and risking defeat in the Dec. 12 special election, for which polls show Democrat Doug Jones now has a narrow lead in the Deep South state.