The testimony by Sessions marked the latest chapter in a saga that has dogged Trump's first five months as president and distracted from his domestic policy agenda including major healthcare and tax cut initiatives.
US attorney general Jeff Sessions was grilled for about three hours in front of the US Senate Intelligence Committee on June 13, but the hearing did little to move forward the committee's investigation into Russia's meddling in the presidential election, or to better explain why FBI director James Comey was sacked in May.
"I do want you to be honest", she said, smiling. "You're impeding this investigation". Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, now running the Russian Federation show since Sessions recused himself, told another committee he wouldn't be pressured to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller without good cause, yet another signal from a Trump administration figure that they will not risk their personal reputations to carry political water for the White House.
What he and president Trump discussed concerning Comey's firing and the Russian investigation.
Today Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that he agrees with the assessment that James Comey mishandled the Hillary Clinton email investigation. Tom Cotton asked Sessions. Martin Heinrich, who took issue with Sessions declining to answer questions. "I have confidence in Mr. Mueller", he said.
"I affirmed his concern that we should be following the proper guidelines of the Department of Justice". A lot of what he did was refuse to answer questions.
Sessions said only the president has to power to invoke executive privilege but explained that neither he nor Trump had made a decision to do so.
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. "Senator Harris, let him answer the question".
American intelligence agencies believe that Russian hackers were directed by the Kremlin to try to sway the presidential election in Trump's favour.
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It was his lone hit in five at-bats on the night and he's now hitting.207/.310/.494 with six homers and 14 RBI on the year. He was replaced in left field after five innings by Curtis Granderson because of the "game situation", the team announced.
Sessions kicked off his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee by asserting that he had "never met with or had any conversations with any Russians" about interference in the 2016 presidential race. "But what he did see and what he heard - he 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".
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.
Sessions' testimony did not provide any damaging new information on Trump campaign ties with Russian Federation or on Comey's dismissal, but his refusal to discuss conversations with Trump raised fresh questions about whether the White House has something to hide.
Democratic senators repeatedly criticized Sessions for dispatching Rosenstein to testify Tuesday in his place about the Justice Department's budget to an Appropriations subcommittee.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders tells reporters aboard Air Force One that the president wasn't able to watch much of Sessions' testimony.
"I did not have any private meetings, nor do I recall any conversations with any Russian officials at the Mayflower Hotel".
And he repeatedly refused to reveal whether he had spoken to the president regarding James Comey's handling of the probe into Russian election meddling - which the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director believes to be the reason he was sacked.
In a combative and emotional Senate hearing, Sessions beseeched his former Senate colleagues to believe him when he said he did not hold a meeting with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak at a speech by then-candidate Donald Trump at the Mayflower hotel a year ago.
At the conclusion of a February 14 meeting, the sacked Federal Bureau of Investigation chief testified, Trump urged everyone but Comey to leave the Oval Office, including Sessions.