Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden Has Heated Exchange With US Attorney General

Here's what we learned from U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' testimony before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

Sessions met with Russian officials twice in 2016 prior to the election, but failed to disclose the meetings during his testimony to become Attorney General.

Sessions' clash with the Democratic senators was the latest chapter in a saga that has dogged Trump in his first five months as president and distracted from his domestic policy agenda including major healthcare and tax cut initiatives. Sessions also said he never had any private meetings or conversations with Russian officials regarding the presidential election.

In his testimony last week, Mr Comey accused the White House of lying about him and the FBI and repeatedly said he believed he was sacked because of the agency's investigation into Trump-Russia ties.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions refused to comment Tuesday on whether he spoke to President Donald Trump about former FBI Director James Comey's handling of the investigation into coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential race.

"I won't mince words. It's not only highly unusual, but I'm not sure it's appropriate", Mr. Cramer, a security and business consultant with Berkeley Research Group, said in an interview.

Sessions denied any collusion with Russian Federation to meddle in the USA presidential election, saying the accusations are "scurrilous", "appalling", "detestable".

In the wake of reports that the president might be contemplating firing special counsel Bob Mueller-and growing criticism of Mueller from Trump allies-Sessions said he has "confidence" in the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

"From that point, February 10, until I announced my formal recusal on March 2, I was never briefed on any investigative details [and] did not access information about the investigation".

Congressional GOP leaders, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., both expressed faith in Mueller on Tuesday.

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Rosenstein, who has been on the job for six weeks, said only he could fire Mueller, and only if he found good cause to do so.

Sessions testified Tuesday that he recused himself from the current Russian Federation investigation only because of a regulation that required it because of his involvement in the Trump campaign.

"Why don't you tell me", what those accusations are, Mr Sessions said to Oregon Senator Ron Wyden.

"Our judgment, as I recall, was that he was very close to and inevitably going to recuse himself for a variety of reasons". Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., right, with Sen. Franken accused Sessions of trying to whitewash and downplay his lie and urged the Attorney General to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee. "The Attorney-General invoked executive privilege on behalf of someone else".

Democrats said he had little basis for doing so without the White House claiming executive privilege.

But the attorney general told the senate he "did not remember that, but I understand that he was there".

"I don't think that's a question for me to answer", Rosenstein responded. That led some Democrats to suggest he was trying to impede the investigation.

Sessions refused to say whether he had ever discussed the Russian Federation investigation with Trump, arguing that he could not disclose private communications with the president.

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.

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