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News Wrap: Sessions insists he didnt lie about Russian contacts to Senate

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Sessions has recused himself from the Justice Department’s investigation into Russia’s election meddling.

President Trump had new criticism today for former FBI Director James Comey on the Hillary Clinton e-mail probe. He complained again that Comey made a decision to clear Clinton before she was even interviewed. That’s predicated on newly released draft statements by Comey from May of 2016. FBI officials say it had been already clear that no charges were warranted.

On another issue, the president faced fallout on the death of Army Sergeant La David Johnson in Niger this month. Congresswoman Frederica Wilson says she was with Mrs. Johnson once the president called. The Florida Democrat told The Washington Post that Mr. Trump said quote “He knew what he was registering for, but I assume it hurts anyway.”

The sergeant’s mother confirmed it, however the president denied it, and White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders went after Wilson.

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The Post also reported on another incident today. It quoted the daddy of a soldier killed in Afghanistan as saying the president offered $25,000 from his personal account, but never followed through.

We shall have more detail on all this following the news summary.

The death toll in Northern California’s wildfires rose to 42 today. Officials in Sonoma County found the remains of the most recent victim, because they searched a huge selection of burned homes. Meanwhile, fire crews made new gains overnight by using cooler weather and low winds.

A two-time Olympic medalist says the former team doctor for U.S. women’s gymnastics sexually abused her for a long time. McKayla Maroney may be the highest profile athlete ahead forward in the scandal. In a statement today, she said Dr. Larry Nassar began molesting her when she was just 13. He’s awaiting sentencing on a kid pornography charge, but has denied any sexual abuse.

More questions tonight about drug pricing. A fresh study finds the expenses of injectable cancer drugs, approved since 1996, rose typically 25 percent over eight years. That’s far greater than the rate of inflation. The analysis was based at Emory University and published in “The Journal of Clinical Oncology.”

And on Wall Street, health insurers and IBM fueled a surge in stocks today. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 160 points, a lot more than half-a-percent, to close above 23000 for the very first time. The Nasdaq rose only a fraction, and the S&P 500 was up two points.

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