Sessions, testifying before the House Judiciary Committee, was grilled by Democratic lawmakers about the letter, implying that the possible investigations into Uranium One and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server were being politically influenced by President Donald Trump.
Sessions testified at an open hearing in front of the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, and Conyers chose to base his first line of questioning on the following Trump tweets.
"I have not been improperly influenced and would not be improperly influenced" by the president, Sessions said.
It's an important exchange, especially as Republicans in Congress also want a special counsel to look into Uranium One, where Republicans claimedClinton gave Russian Federation 20 percent of America's uranium when she was secretary of state.
As The Times reported, "Donors related to Uranium One and another company it acquired contributed millions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation, and Bill Clinton received $500,000 from a Russian bank for a speech".
It's alleged that the Obama administration only approved the deal after a US$145million donation was given to the Clinton's charitable foundation. "The proliferation of special counsels in a political setting is very, very bad".
A federal law enforcement official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to speak freely, said the move is particularly frustrating because numerous subjects Sessions says could fall under the purview of a special counsel were previously investigated by the FBI or are under investigation by the Justice Department's inspector general.
It would take a factual basis that meets the standards of the appointment of a special counsel.
And that's the only thing I can tell you, Mr. Jordan. "But my concern is we sent you a letter three and a half months ago asking for a second special counsel".
"After another heated exchange, Sessions said, "'Looks like' is not enough basis to appoint a special counsel".
On Monday the Justice Department informed the committee it was weighing proposals to name an special independent counsel to investigate the FBI's handling of a probe previous year into the Democrat Clinton's use of a personal server for official and in some cases classified emails, in breach of government rules. "I am not supposed to be involved with the Federal Bureau of Investigation". Sessions would not say whether the dossier was used by the FBI to obtain warrants to surveil Trump associates, nor would he comment on any hypothetical investigation into Justice Department leaks to the media about the dossier.
He said in a tweet that if Mr Sessions bends to pressure from Trump "it could spell the end of the DOJ as an independent institution".