Jeff Sessions Pushes Back On Suggestions Of Collusion

Jeff Sessions

Ex-FBI boss James Comey sacked for 'lack of discipline', attorney general claims

He did allow for the possibility the men could have had a brief interaction "in passing" at a well-attended reception at the Mayflower Hotel before an April 2016 foreign policy speech by then-candidate Trump.

In his opening remarks, Sessions said he knew of no conversations between Trump campaign individuals and Russian officials about interfering in the US election.

By the end of the hearing, it looked as if Sessions had gotten himself to a safe exit - at least in terms of legislative oversight.

Sessions said Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein prepared a memo on Comey's performance that "noted some serious problems" with his performance.

White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters aboard Air Force One as President Trump flew back from Milwaukee today that he watched parts of the hearing, "thought that Attorney General Sessions did a very good job and, in particular, was very strong on the point that there was no collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign".

This was among the many times Sessions attempted to explain that he is protecting the President's right to choose to invoke executive privilege in not sharing the details of conversations.

In this hearing, she asked Sessions what was his legal basis for refusing to answer questions about his communications with President Trump.

"AG Sessions was forced to recuse himself from the Russia investigation after he lied to Congress about multiple meetings with the Russians", Warren wrote on Twitter.

The appearance before the Senate intelligence committee comes one week after former FBI Director Comey cryptically told lawmakers the bureau had expected Sessions to recuse himself weeks before he did from an investigation into contacts between Trump campaign associates and Russian Federation during the 2016 election.

Sessions raised his voice to the Democratic senator pressing him for an answer, insisting there were no such reasons.

Sessions concluded his opening statement by rejecting charges of improper handling of the Russian inquiry. Ron Wyden: "There are none".

Miller: "She was trying to shout down Attorney General Sessions and I thought it was way out of bounds".

Attorney General Jeff Sessions yesterday denounced as a "detestable lie" the idea he colluded with Russians meddling in the 2016 election, and he clashed with Democratic lawmakers over his refusal to detail his conversations with President Donald Trump.

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Reporter: So he lied about that? "One hundred per cent", Mr Trump said. "I mean, I will tell you, I didn't say that ", Trump replied.

Sessions said during his hearing he is not sure if he would be able to answer the questions in a closed session.

Meanwhile, I can say based on my reporting that Mueller is not anxious at all about his position, and does not believe the criticism of whether he has a conflict was orchestrated.

Two months after his recusal, Mr. Sessions signed off on Mr. Comey's firing.

As a former Trump campaign surrogate, Sessions insisted he kept to his recusal from the Russian Federation probe even while he had a hand in firing James Comey as FBI director - which Trump later justified based on the Russian Federation investigation.

Testifying at a Senate hearing, Mr Sessions said it was a "detestable and appalling lie" to suggest that he participated in or was aware of any collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.

Sessions said it would be "absurd" to suggest that a recusal from a single investigation would render him unable to manage the leadership of the FBI.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions says he recused himself from the investigation into Trump campaign ties to Russian Federation because he was involved in the campaign.

"He was very close to and inevitably going to recuse himself, for a variety of reasons". Sessions replied that it is "longstanding policy" in the Department of Justice not to do so. Richard Burr, R-N.C., listen on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 13, 2017, as Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

During Tuesday's hearing, Sessions also rejected misconduct in the firing of James Comey, director of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), vowing to defend his "honor against scurrilous and false allegations".

The attorney general defended himself - at times fervently - when asked about this testimony from fired FBI Director James Comey.

Comey testified last week that Sessions did not respond when he complained that he did not want to be left alone with President Donald Trump again. The former FBI director testified that the president spoke to him about the investigation of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, telling him "I hope you can let this go".

Democrats on the committee grew frustrated as Sessions continually refused to answer the questions put to him.

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