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Sessions blames failure to disclose Russian contacts on Franken’s ‘rambling’ — but he brought it up himself

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During his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions blamed his failure to disclose at least two meetings with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during his Senate confirmation hearing earlier this year on a “rambling question” from Senator Al Franken (D-MN).

“There is the assertion that I did not answer Sen. Franken’s question honestly at my confirmation hearing,” Sessions said Tuesday. “Colleagues, that is false. Former colleagues, that is false. Sen. Franken asked me a rambling question, after some six hours of testimony, that included dramatic, new allegations that the United States intelligence community has advised President-elect Trump that there was continuing exchange of information during the campaign between Trump’s surrogates and intermediaries for the Russian government.”

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But in video of the exchange between Franken and the attorney general, Sessions offers up that he “did not have communications with the Russians” unprompted by Franken, who was asking what Sessions, as attorney general, would do if “anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign communicated with the Russian government in the course of this campaign.”  Sessions later had to amend his testimony following revelations of his two meetings.

Written testimony Sessions provided to the committee similarly denied contact with “any part of the Russian government about the 2016 election, either before or after election day.”

Sessions on Tuesday claimed he was “taken aback” by Franken’s question. What the videos below:

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Sen. Al Franken questions Sessions during his Senate confirmation hearing:


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England pubs reopen on US Independence Day — after first nationwide closure since 1665’s Great Plague

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The streets of Soho filled with merry drinkers in London on Saturday and the pubs of Manchester were packed as England's hospitality sector returned from a three-month coronavirus hiatus.

"It feels amazing," said Leo Richard Bill, a soldier, after getting through the door of one of London's buzziest restaurants on the Thames River's popular south bank.

"It’s been what, like three months since... me and everyone else haven’t been able to get outside and have a good time. So yeah, it feels good to get amongst it," he said.

Parts of London and other cities, deserted during lockdown, sprang to life as people dressed up and came out for "Super Saturday" -- the day England's hospitality sector reopened for the first time since March.

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Trump’s angry words and Coronavirus surge darken Independence Day weekend in America

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The United States marked an unusually somber Independence Day on Saturday, with President Donald Trump bashing domestic opponents and China -- but praising the country's coronavirus response, despite a record surge in cases.

Across the country, virus fears dampened or nixed Main Street parades, backyard barbecues and family reunions on a day when Americans typically celebrate their 1776 declaration of independence from Britain.

Instead of adopting a unifying tone, Trump -- facing a tough re-election and eager to mobilize his political base -- railed against protesters demanding racial justice after unarmed African American George Floyd was killed by a white police officer.

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‘Spoiler’ Kanye West mocked for running for president against his pal Trump: ‘2020 never fails to disappoint’

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President Donald Trump appears to have lost the support of one of his most well-known Black supporters as Kanye West announced on Saturday that he is running for president.

“We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future. I am running for president of the United States,” West posted on Twitter, with the hashtag #2020VISION.

The musician was mocked for his presidential bid, here's some of what people were saying:

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