Grassley: Sessions isn't coming back to testify on Russia talks
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Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleySmaller tax refunds put GOP on defensive High stakes as Trump, Dems open drug price talks Senate approves border bill that prevents shutdown MORE (R-Iowa) was quick Friday to shoot down a Democratic push for Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsRosenstein expected to leave DOJ next month: reports McCabe: Trump's 'relentless attack' on FBI prompted memoir Trump: 'Disgraced' McCabe, Rosenstein look like they were planning 'very illegal act' MORE to return to the Senate's Judiciary committee to discuss his conversations with the Russian ambassador.

"It’s unfortunate that the Democrats didn’t even have the decency to give him an opportunity to clear up confusion to the statement in writing," Grassley said in a statement.  
 
The Washington Post reported that Sessions spoke to Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the presidential campaign, then denied any such meetings while under oath at his confirmation hearing. 
 
Sessions said that he would send a letter to the Judiciary Committee about his previous pre-election conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
 
But the nine Democrats on the Committee sent a letter to Grassley on Friday asking for Sessions to be brought back before the committee to be questioned over his comments. 
 
"Given the seriousness of this manner, we do not believe that a written submission to correct the record is sufficient," they wrote. 
 
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Grassley's office noted that "there are no plans to ask Sessions to come before the committee before an annual oversight hearing, as is customary."
 
Sessions said Thursday that he would recuse himself from any current or future investigations into Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, but stressed that the decision wasn't an admission of wrongdoing. 
 
Grassley called the decision the "right thing," adding that Sessions "did exactly what he said he’d do regarding potential recusals when he was before our committee."
 
But Democrats are calling for the Justice Department to appoint a special prosecutor or for Sessions to resign. 
 
Five Democrats on the committee—including Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinFeinstein says she thinks Biden will run after meeting with him Trump judicial nominee Neomi Rao seeks to clarify past remarks on date rape Bottom Line MORE (D-Calif.), the ranking member—sent a separate letter to the Justice Department on Friday asking for the inspector general to investigate Sessions's decision.